Cisco CCNP Data Center

The CCNP Data Center certification is a job-role-based professional-level certification for business services architects, technology architects, pre-sales engineers, design engineers, and implementation engineers with three to five years of experience. The certification benefits data center professionals who want to save time and money on data center equipment design, installation, and maintenance. The CCNP Data Center certification program allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network. The certification provides a solid foundation for your career in installing, configuring, and maintaining data centers.

Note: All candidates must take and pass both implementation exams and then can choose either both of the design or both troubleshooting exams.

Required exams include:

Implementation

DCUCI - Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Systems Implementation

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge in implementing Cisco data center unified computing systems. Concepts such as setup of the computing environment in a standalone and rack-mountable configuration, provisioning of storage resources, backup, management functions, and deployment of a virtualized environment are covered by this exam.

DCUFI - Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Solutions Implementation

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge in designing Cisco data center unified computing systems. Security, management, high availability, virtualization in the network, and product descriptions are all exam topics.

AND

Design

DCUFD - Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Solutions Design

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge in designing Cisco data center unified fabric solutions. The exam also covers reference network topologies, routing protocols, traffic design concepts, storage and storage networking architectures, scalability, availability, and security and management architectures.

DCUCD - Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Systems Design

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge in designing Cisco data center unified computing systems. Exam topics include design concept in a server virtualization environment, scalability, reliability, performance, and management.

OR

Troubleshooting

DCUCT - Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Troubleshooting

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Cisco data center unified computing troubleshooting. In addition, the exam tests a candidate's skills in troubleshooting a virtualized computing environment based on the Cisco Unified Computing System platform, focusing on features like storage and network connectivity, installation, memory issues, booting issues, drivers, BIOS, and adapter connectivity issues.

DCUFT - Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Troubleshooting

This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of the key components and procedures needed to troubleshoot and resolve common issues with the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, the Cisco MDS Series, and the Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders in the network and SAN environment.

The following courses help you prepare for this certification:

Prerequisites

Exams

Note: All candidates must take and pass both implementation exams and then can choose either both of the design or both troubleshooting exams.

Implementation Track

  • DCUFI - 642-992 (version 4) or 642-997 (version 5)  
  • DCUCI - 642-994 (version 4) or 642-999 (version 5)

Choose from either group:

Design Track

  • DCUCD - 642-993 (version 4) or 642-998 (version 5)
  • DCUFD - 642-991 (version 4) or 642-996 (version 5)

OR

Troubleshooting Track

  • DCUFT - 642-980
  • DCUCT - 642-035

Recertification

Cisco certifications are valid for three years.

Next Steps

CCIE Data Center