CCNA Data center certification is a practical job role based certification for data center professionals - administrator, network engineers, and Data Center network technician. This associate level certification covers a breadth of topics including but not limited to foundational data center concepts, unified computing and unified fabric. It allows data center professionals to save precious time and money on installation, data center equipment, design, and maintenance. CCNA data center gives you an opportunity to gain knowledge of data centers and increase the operational value of your data center network architecture.
By achieving this certification, you can expand your expertise further in data centers because it provides information about installing, configuring and maintain data centers.
To pass CCNA data center, you have to pas 640-911 DCICN Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking. This exam deals with the specifics of networking concepts for data center environment that includes Cisco NX-OS. By studying this exam, you will get to know how data center networks work, configuring virtualization in the network, configuration, and network addressing schemes and troubleshooting.
This exam covers following major topics:
- Describe How a Network Works
- Configure, Verify and Troubleshoot a Switch with VLANs and Inter-switch Communications Using Nexus
- Implement an IP Addressing Scheme and IP Services to Meet Network Requirements in a Medium-Size Enterprise Branch Office Network Using Nexus
- Configure, Verify, and Troubleshoot Basic Router Operation and Routing on Cisco Devices Using Nexus
Now there is another exam to pass because CCNA data center is not as easy as you thought initially. Along with 640-911, you have to pass 640-916 DCICT - Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies exam. This exam helps you acquire knowledge of fundamental data center technologies; the usual network and server virtualization, networking services such as load balancing, storage, convergent I/O, etc.
You need to pass both the DICN and DCICTexams to achieve Cisco Data Center certification.
The duration of the exam is 90 minutes (65-75 questions - multiple choice, multiple answer, drag/drop and fill-in the blanks) and the candidates must achieve a passing score of 825 out of 1000.
CCNA Data Center is valid for three years. Pass any of the following exam to recerify and update CCNA data center certification:
- Pass any current CCNA Concentration exam (Wireless, or Security, or Voice, Service Provider, or Service Provider Operations,) or Pass any current 642-XXX professional-level exam, or
- Pass any current Cisco Specialist exam (excluding Sales Specialist exams or MeetingPlace Specialist exams, Implementing Cisco Telepresence Installations (ITI) exams, Cisco Leading Virtual
- Classroom Instruction exams, or any 650 online exams), or
- Pass any current CCIE written exam, or
- Pass any current CCIE lab exam, or
- Pass the current CCDE written exam, or
- Pass the current CCDE practical exam, or
- Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications.
If you have two to three years of hands-on experience in data center, you can easily pass CCNA data center. This will allow you to take a shot for the position of Data Center Network Administrator which is a very prestigious position for data center network professionals.
It is beneficial for those who have experience designing, installing and maintaining a data center. It gives a professional proof of the skills data center network administrator achieves while installing and maintaining a data center.
While attending Cisco Live a few months back as the official Roving Reporter, I revealed on the BrownBag Podcast that I intended to develop a course for TrainSignal (now Pluralsight) to help those looking to become a Cisco Certified Network Associate - Data Center (CCNA DC). This is a relatively new certification offered by Cisco, and is focused on professionals who touch many different technologies in the data center. And although I have taken the CCIE DC written exam, I wanted to finalize my course development for the CCNA DC by actually taking the exams. Nothing trumps actual experience, right?
Chris Wahl, Cisco Blogger