Cisco Career Certifications: Route and Switch & Storage

So far we covered Cisco Foundation certifications, then moved on to Design and Security certifications, and last week covered Unified Communications and Wireless certifications. This week we’ll cover Routing and Switching and Storage.

Routing and Switching Certifications

CCNP

The Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) certification confirms your familiarity with the daily job tasks of professional network engineers who work on complex security, voice, wireless and video network solutions. Emphasizing the skills required to plan, implement, verify and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks, the initials “CCNP” after your name are more valuable now than ever.

Prerequisite: At least one year of networking experience and a valid CCNA certification or any CCIE certification.

Required Cisco Exams: 
642-902 ROUTE
642-813 SWITCH
642-832 TSHOOT

CCIE

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE®) certifies the expert-level skills required of network engineers to plan, prepare, operate monitor, and troubleshoot complex, converged network infrastructure. Professionals who achieve CCIE have demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level.

Prerequisite: There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification but candidates are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.

Required Cisco Exams: 
Step One: CCIE Routing and Switching Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam which covers networking concepts and some equipment commands before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam. The written exam now includes new scenario-based questions.

Step Two: CCIE Routing and Switching Lab Exam
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and troubleshoot the network in a timed test situation. You must pass the lab within three years of passing the written to achieve certification. Your first lab attempt must be made within 18 months of the written exam. The lab now requires hands-on troubleshooting, in addition to configuration.

Storage Certifications

CCIE Storage Networking certification designates expert-level knowledge of intelligent storage solutions using multiple transport options over long distances. It certifies that you have the in-depth experience to manage, deploy, and interconnect multiple types of data storage devices and data servers that enterprise users rely on today.

Success on the CCIE Storage Networking written exam and the CCIE Storage Networking lab exam declares that you have expert knowledge implementing and troubleshooting storage area networks, including LANs, MANs, and WANs over Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCIP, and FICON and that you can demonstrate in-depth understanding of Layer 2 and 3 network infrastructure.

Prerequisite: While there are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Storage Networking certification, you are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and are strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.

Required Cisco Exams: 
Step One: CCIE Storage Networking Written Exam
You must pass the two-hour written exam covering topics such as storage device protocols, troubleshooting tools, and storage networking design, applications, and advanced management before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Storage Networking Lab Exam
The CCIE Storage Networking lab exam is an eight-hour, hands-on exam which requires you to configure a series of storage area networks to given specifications. Knowledge of troubleshooting is an important skill, and you are expected to diagnose and solve issues as part of the lab exam. You must make an initial attempt of the CCIE Storage Networking lab exam within 18 months of passing the CCIE Storage Networking written exam.

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    Thanks for sharing this informative post, explained in detailed with more detailed information on Router and switch and storage. The detailed information on storage certifications is informative.