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CCNP Data Center

CCNP Data Center Overview

Learn more about the benefits and requirements associated with achieving a CCNP Data Center certification. (7:27 min)

For business services and technology architects, and presales, design, and implementation engineers who want to save time and money on their data center design, installation, and maintenance, the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) certification is a job-role-focused training and certification program that allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network.

Unlike other data center education and certification opportunities, our data center professional-level certification programs allow you to choose a concentration for your data center education according to your job role or function. Because of our experience with our existing certification and education programs and leadership in the data center equipment market, Cisco can provide a comprehensive program to address the key areas of data center network implementation and maintenance.

Prerequisites

Valid Cisco CCNA Data Center certification or any Cisco CCIE certification can act as a prerequisite.

Exams & Recommended Training

Required Exam(s) Recommended Training

642-999 DCUCI

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

642-997 DCUFI

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)

AND

642-998 DCUCD

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)

642-996 DCUFD

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD)

OR
642-035 DCUCT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT)
642-980 DCUFT Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT)
NOTE: Other data center certification exams can be applied towards the CCNP Data Center certification. Please visit the exam combination tool for more details.

The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

The Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI) course is designed to serve the needs of engineers and technicians who implement Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack-Mount Servers.
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) course covers the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, manage and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 switch in the network and SAN environment.
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Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)

The Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD) course covers the the data center unified computing and virtualization solutions based on Cisco data center unified computing product portfolio, explains how to evaluate existing data center computing solution and determine the requirements, and design Cisco data center unified computing solution.
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Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD)

The Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) course enables engineers to choose and design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center networks.
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Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT)

The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCT) course prepares system engineers and implementers with the knowledge and hands-on experience to troubleshoot Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers operating in standalone and integrated modes.
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Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT)

The Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFT) course covers how to install , implement, maintain and troubleshoot the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches, the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders, and the Cisco MDS Series Multilayer Fabric Switches.
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Self-Study Materials

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To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):

642-999 DCUCI

The 642-999 DCUCI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exam is associated with the CCNP DC certification and with the Cisco Unified Computing Support Specialist. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing. Concepts like setup of the computing environment in a standalone and rack-mountable configuration, provisioning of storage resources, backup, management functions and deployment of a virtualized environment are covered by this exam.

642-997 DCUFI

The 642-997 DCUFI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric exam is associated with the CCNP DC certification and with the Cisco Unified Fabric Support Specialist. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric architecture, security, management, high availability, virtualization in the network.

AND

642-998 DCUCD

The 642-998 DCUCD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exam is associated with the CCNP DC certification and with the Cisco Unified Computing Design Specialist. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing, including design concept in a server virtualization environment, scalability, reliability, performances, management.

642-996 DCUFD

The 642-996 DCUFD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP DC certification and to the Cisco Unified Fabric Design Specialist certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solutions, including reference network topologies, routing protocols, traffic design concepts, storage and storage networking architectures, scalability, availability; security and management architectures.

OR

642-035 DCUCT

The 642-035 Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exam tests a candidate's skills of troubleshooting a virtualized computing environment based on Cisco Unified Computing System platform, focusing on features like storage and network connectivity, installation, memory issues, booting issues, drivers, BIOS and adapters connectivity issues. This exam is associated with the CCNP DC Certification and Cisco Unified Computing Support Specialist Certification.

642-980 DCUFT

The 642-980 Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric exam tests a candidate's troubleshooting skills in the Unified Fabric domain, troubleshooting connectivity issues, convergent I/O, Storage issues, as well as issues related to specific features like OTV (overlay transport virtualization) and it is associated with the CCNP DC certification and Cisco Unified Fabric Support Specialist certification.

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