Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization


Become a Data Center Networking Specialized Partner


Prove your expertise in optimizing data center networks, from sales to support.


Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization
Entry Express Advanced Master
     
Related certifications: Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure is not required for certification.

Announcement: Retirement of Cisco DCNI and DCSN Specializations

Announcement Date: July 29, 2011
Last day for new partners to apply: October 31, 2011
Retirement Date: October 31, 2011
Program End Date: October 31, 2012


The Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure (DCNI) Specialization helps your company to:

  • Develop sales, technical, and service capabilities for integrated networking solutions
  • Increase technical competency within the company
  • Be recognized as a Cisco Specialized Partner in the Cisco Partner Locator

The specialization also entitles you to a range of additional benefits. You can:


Account Manager | Systems Engineer | Field Engineer



Specialization Requirements

Three roles are required for the Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure Specialization:

  • Account Manager (AM)
  • Systems Engineer (SE)
  • Field Engineer (FE)

These roles provide a roadmap with training content and exams that are tailored to pertinent jobs within a company. Following is a summary of training format, cost, and duration specifically for each role, as well as additional general training requirements. All costs are estimated and may vary by region.


Account Manager
Responsible for sales methodology and customer engagement.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Sales Expert (#646-205 CSE) Exam $80 60 min
Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Data Center Networking Sales Specialist (646-985) Exam $80 60 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Sales Essentials v5.0 E-learning $0 5 hrs
Data Center Networking Solution Sales (DCNSS) E-learning $0 6 hrs
Total:   $160 13 hrs
Role Sharing Guidelines: One qualified individual may fill only the AM role in unlimited technology specializations.

Systems Engineer
Presales engineer responsible for data center networking infrastructure solution planning and design.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration

CCDA associate-level certification
or
CCDP or CCIE

Exam $125 90 min
Requirements:      

Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist (642-971)  

Exam $150 75 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Designing Cisco Data Center Network Infrastructure (DCNID) Instructor-led $3295 32 hrs
Total:   $3570 35 hrs
Role Sharing Guidelines: One qualified individual may fill only the SE role in unlimited technology specializations.

Field Engineer
Post-sales engineer responsible for data center networking infrastructure solution implementation and operation.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration
CCNP Routing & Switching professional-level certification
or
CCIE
Exam $300 90 min
Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration

Cisco Advanced Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist
(642-973)
(642-974)


Exam
Exam

$150
$150

75 min
75 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Implementing Cisco Data Center Network Infrastructure 1 (DCNI-1) Instructor-led $3295 32 hrs
Implementing Cisco Data Center Network Infrastructure 2 (DCNI-2) Instructor-led $3295 32 hrs
Total:   $7190 68 hrs

Role Sharing Guidelines: One qualified individual may fill only the FE role in unlimited technology specializations.


Training Requirements Not Allocated to Job Roles
Additional Cisco Qualified Specialist Requirements.
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration

CCDA associate-level certification
or
CCDP or CCIE

Exam $125 90 min
Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Data Center Application Services Design Specialist (642-972) Exam $150 75 min
Prerequisite: Format Cost (USD) Duration

CCNA associate-level certification
or
CCNP or CCIE

Exam $250 110 min
Requirement(s): Format Cost (USD) Duration
Cisco Data Center Application Services Support Specialist (642-975) Exam $150 75 min
Recommended Training: Format Cost (USD) Duration
Designing Cisco Data Center Application Services (DCASD) E-Learning
Instructor-led
$0
$3,295
32 hrs
32 hrs
Implementing Cisco Data Center Application Services (DCASI) E-Learning
Instructor-led
$0
$3,295
32 hrs
32 hrs
Total:
      E-learning
      Instructor-led
 
$675
$7,265

70 hrs
70 hrs

Role Sharing Guidelines: These roles are not allocated. Individuals with the preceding Cisco Qualified Specialist badges can meet this requirement whether or not they are filling the required job roles (AM, SE, or FE). The online application verifies only that someone from the company holds these badges.

Country Requirements:

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