Last Wednesday, Cisco announced a pair of new video networking oriented cert credentials for its lineup — namely, a CCNA Video credential, along with a Cisco Video Network Specialist certification. These offerings are built in part around a series of two new courses, entitled:
- Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 1 (VIVND1) v1.0
- Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices, Part 2 (VIVND2) v.10
Both exams culminate in the 200-001 VIVND Implementing Cisco Video Network Devices examination, which is enough by itself to qualify individuals for the Cisco Video Network Specialist credential. The CCNA Video candidates must also pass this same exam, along with the 640-061 ICOMM Introducing Cisco Voice and Unified Communications Administration exam. Thus, it seems to me that these new offerings are properly regarded as a video counterpart to existing voice credentials that Cisco already offers, such as CCNA Voice and the many Cisco Specialist credentials already available under the company’s Collaboration heading.
What’s driving this new technical focus at Cisco? Amazing leaps in the overall amount of video traffic on the Internet (and within and between enterprises). Cisco projects that in three more years — 2016, that is — over half of all consumer traffic (55% in fact) on the Internet will be video-based or -related. This led them to the CCNA Video, which intends to identify IT Professionals who can deploy video endpoints, set up new users, and take care of networked voice and video needs such as configuring voice and video single-screen endpoint devices, supporting video and telephony applications of all kinds, and troubleshooting networks with significant voice and video traffic components. The specialist cert concentrates more on set-up and deployment, and less on overall networking and troubleshooting skills.
It should be interesting to see how these new offerings impact the marketplace, and how much interest and demand they will generate. I’m curious to see if Cisco’s projections on video traffic vis-a-vis the whole network mix are correct. If so, these video-oriented credentials should become extremely popular pretty fast.