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Nov 19 2015   6:44AM GMT

CCIE Data Center Version 2 is coming

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

Cisco Press

With the introduction of ACI, Nexus 9k and many other SDN components I was expecting Cisco will soon announce the new version of CCIE Data Center.

As anticipated Cisco announced the revision of CCIE Data Center from Version 1.0 to 2.0, to be a CCIE Data Center v2.0, Cisco will be testing the candidate’s knowledge and capabilities on the latest skill and technologies which are broadly classified into six domains.

CCIE Data Center v1.0

CCIE Data Center v.20

    1. Cisco Data Center Architecture
    2. Cisco Data Center Infrastructure-Cisco NX-OS
    3. Cisco Storage Networking
    4. Cisco Data Center Virtualization
    5. Cisco Unified Computing System
    6. Cisco Application Networking Services
  1. Cisco Data Center L2/L3 Technologies
  2. Cisco Data Center Network Services
  3. Data Center Storage Networking and Compute
  4. Data Center Automation and Orchestration
  5. Data Center Fabric Infrastructure
  6. Evolving Technologies

When you compare Domain topics of CCIE Data Center v1.0 and Data Center v2.0 form above shown table one could notice Cisco is introducing  more technology centric topics, the interesting catch here is Evolving Technologies . One could certainly experience below technical topics like in CCIE Data Center v2.0 exams

  • EVPN
  • LISP
  • Policy Driven Fabric (ACI)

Following are the some of the key hardware changes in the CCIE Data Center v.2.0 blueprint

  • APIC Cluster
  • Nexus 9300
  • Nexus 7000 w/ F3 Module
  • Nexus 5600
  • Nexus 2300 Fabric Extender
  • UCS 4300 M-Series Servers

I believe Cisco took a strategic decision to announce the new version of CCIE Data Center exam as this will empower them to capitalise the huge SDN market share, its been a general tendency of the customers to adopt the SDN solutions based on the availability of technical resources. I hope Cisco will certainly add value to their CCIE certifications and ensure strict guidelines are followed when it comes to delivery of the exam and also make their exams more realistic.

Those who are preparing for the CCIE Data Center v1.0 exam don’t need to panic as they have time until July 2, 2016.

  • Last day to test for the v1.0 written – July 22, 2016
  • First day to test for the v2.0 written – July 25, 2016
  • Last day to test for the v1.0 lab – July 22, 2016
  • First day to test for the v2.0 lab – July 25, 2016

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One more change one is going to experience in CCIE Data Center v2.0 lab is the introduction of Diagnostic module which lasts for 60 minutes and focuses on the skills required to properly diagnose network issues, without having device access. The main objective of the Diagnostic module is to assess the skills required to properly diagnose network issues. These skills include:

  • ·  Analyze
  • ·  Correlate

– Discerning multiple sources of documentation (in example e-mail threads, network topology diagrams, console outputs, logs, and even traffic captures.)

In the Diagnostic module, candidates need to make choices between pre-defined options to indicate:

  • ·  What is the root cause of an issue
  • ·  Where is the issue located in the diagram
  • ·  What is the critical piece of information allows us the identify the root cause
  • ·  What piece of information is missing to be able to identify the root cause

However the Configuration and Troubleshooting module follows the same pattern of  CCIE Data Center v1.0 , basically it consists of one topology  where the candidate has to complete the given tasks in 7hours of time.

Since the introduction of Diagnostic module in CCIE R&S v 5.0  Cisco is keep on adding this module every new version of CCIE exams be it CCIE Service Provider or CCIE Data Center.

I wish all the CCIE Data Center aspirers a best of luck and I am pretty sure soon training materials will be out by Cisco Press and INE as they seems to be pioneers when it comes to CCIE Study Materials.

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  • Ramugajula
    That's a great news. my doubt is  We already have Cisco network programming certifications for SDN, ACI automation stuff. how do we differentiate these with DC version 2.0 ?    
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  • Yasir Irfan
    Well Cisco is ensuring the new evolving technologies are part of each and every CCIE track.  Its not only Data Centre track but also other tracks will have a flavour of ACI . Look into this link for more details
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  • Ramugajula
    Thanks for sharing the info Yasir. 
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