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CCNP Data Center

Required skills for the data center are evolving

The data center has come a long way from its hardware- and database-centric roots. Data center professionals today need to understand how their field intersects with automation, cloud, software-defined technologies, and virtualization. Are you ready?

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Overview

The CCNP Data Center certification and training program offers comprehensive certification and Professional-level skills focused on the data center solutions, technologies and best practices to design, implement, and manage a modern data center infrastructure.

IT practitioners who are Cisco trained and certified are uniquely qualified for key roles in complex data center environments, with expertise utilizing technologies including policy-driven infrastructure, virtualization, automation and orchestration, unified computing, data center security, and integration of cloud initiatives. CCNP Data Center certified professionals are highly qualified for senior roles chartered with enabling digital business transformation initiatives.

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
300-175 DCUCI Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led
300-165 DCII Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)
Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led
300-170 DCVAI Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)
Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led
300-160 DCID

 

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300-180 DCIT
Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)
Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led

 

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Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)
Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led

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Training

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

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led

The focus of this course is on deploying, securing, operating, and maintaining the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and UCS C-Series Rack Servers for use in data centers.

Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)

Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led

The focus of this course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric. The course provides hands-on experience implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.

Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)

Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led

This course focuses on the implementation and deployment automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. It provides rich, hands-on experience building a data center solution.

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led

The focus of this course is data center design based on Cisco solutions. The course includes theoretical content, as well as design-oriented case studies.

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)

Self-study e-learning | Instructor-led

The focus of this course is troubleshooting of LAN, SAN, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Take Exam

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

300-175 DCUCI

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center technologies including unified computing, unified computing maintenance and operations, automation, unified computing security, and unified computing storage.

300-165 DCII

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including key protocols, routing and switching protocols, maintenance, management, operations, security, and storage.

300-170 DCVAI

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including virtualization, automation, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), ACI network resources, and ACI management and monitoring.

300-160 DCID

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Cisco data center infrastructure design pertaining to deployment requirements and options for network connectivity, infrastructure, storage network, compute connectivity, and compute resource parameters.

300-180 DCIT

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of troubleshooting Cisco data center infrastructure including data network protocols, network virtualization and automation, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), storage, compute platforms, and management and operations.

Recertification

Cisco Professional-level certifications (CCDP, CCNP Cloud, CCNP Collaboration, CCNP Data Center, CCNP Routing and Switching, CCNP Security, CCNP Service Provider, and CCNP Wireless) are valid for three years.

To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:

  • Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
  • Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
  • Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
  • Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications

When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification (i.e.: If you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification). For more information, access the How to Recertify page.