Cisco Career Certifications: Data Center Specialist

To wrap up this series on Cisco Career Certifications, we’ll finish with Data Center Specialist certifications.

Data Center Specialist Certifications

Cisco Data Center Application Services Design Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Application Services Design Specialist certification validates an individual’s presales knowledge of selecting and integrating Cisco Data Center Application Services products to design a highly scalable, efficient, and high performance Data Center Application Services solution based on Cisco’s Data Center Architecture. Cisco Data Center Networking Application Services Design Specialist Professionals understand how to utilize and employ the features and benefits of the Cisco Application Control Engine Services Module and Appliance, the Cisco Global Site Selector and the Cisco Application Network Manager to create a scalable high performance Data Center design.

Prerequisite: Valid CCDA certification, or any CCIE certfication.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-972 DCASD

Cisco Data Center Application Services Support Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Application Services Support Specialist certification validates an individual’s post-sales knowledge of implementing, integrating, troubleshooting, and maintaining Cisco Data Center Application Services products in a highly scalable, efficient, and high-performance Data Center Application Services solution-based on Cisco’s Data Center Architecture.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNA certification, or any CCIE certfication.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-975 DCASI

Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist certification, validates an individual’s knowledge of selecting and integrating Cisco Data Center products to design a highly scalable, efficient, and high performing Data Center networking solution based on Cisco Data Center Architecture.

Prerequisite: Valid CCDA certification, or any CCIE certfication.

Required Cisco Exam: 642-991 DCUFD

Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist validates an individual’s knowledge of installing, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco Data Center products to maintain a highly scalable, efficient, high performing Data Center Networking environment.

Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Support Specialist professionals understand how to deploy and optimize the features and benefits of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches, Cisco 4948 Switches, and Cisco Catalyst Blade Switches to provide fast and accurate resolution to network installation and customer service issues.

Prerequisite: Valid CCNP certification, or any CCIE certfication.

Required Cisco Exams: 642-973 DCNI or 642-974 DCNIS-2

Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialist certification validates an individual’s knowledge of installing, configuring, and troubleshooting Cisco storage products to maintain a highly scalable, efficient, high-performing storage networking environment. Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Support Specialists understand how to deploy and optimize the features and benefits of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Directors and Switches, Cisco MDS 9509 Director Switch, Cisco 9216 Fabric Switch, and Cisco MDS 9120 products to provide fast and accurate resolution to network installation and customer service issues.

Prerequisite: None

Required Cisco Exam: 642-359 ICSNS

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Unified Design Computing Design Specialist validates an engineer’s ability to design scalable, reliable, and intelligent Data Center Virtualization solutions based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) along with other Cisco Data Center products, server virtualization software and server operating systems.

Prerequisite: Pass the VMware Certified Professional exam (VCP3 or VCP4 from VMware). In addition to the VMware requirement candidates must also meet one of the following criteria:

Option 1: Valid Cisco Certifications in both DCSNS and DCNID

— OR —

Fast Start Option 2: Valid Cisco CCDA certification and passing DCUCD Qualifier Exam 642-978

Required Cisco Exam: 642-993 DCUCD

Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Support Specialist is designed to test students’ knowledge of the fundamentals of the Cisco UCS and their ability to implement a virtualized Data Center environment. In addition the student also tests on how to implement the Cisco UCS in an enterprise data center routing and switching infrastructure with the next-generation Cisco Nexus product family.

Prerequisite: Pass the VMware Certified Professional exam (VCP3 or VCP4 from VMware). In addition to the VMware requirement candidates must also meet one of the following criteria:

Option 1: Valid Cisco Certifications in both ICSNS and DCNIS

— OR —

Fast Start Option 2: Valid Cisco CCNA certification and passing DCUCI Qualifier Exam 642-979

Required Cisco Exam: 642-993 DCUCI

Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist

The Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist certification validates an individual’s knowledge of selecting and integrating Cisco storage products to design a highly scalable, efficient, high-performing storage networking solution based on converged architecture. Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist professionals understand how to utilize and employ the features and benefits of the Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Directors and Switches, Cisco MDS 9509 Director Switch, Cisco 9216 Fabric Switch, and Cisco MDS 9120 products to create a high availability storage network design.

Prerequisite: None

Required Cisco Exam: 642-357 DCSNS

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