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Nov 29 2015   11:18AM GMT

Evolving technologies will be part of all CCIE and CCDE Written exams

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

Cisco Press
Internet of Things
Network programmability

Cisco has announced a major revamp for their CCIE  and CCDE written exams, starting July 26,2016 Cisco will include a new section titled “Evolving Technologies”. Except CCIE Data Center all other CCIE Lab exams remains intact. So those who will be appearing for CCIE and CCDE  written exam after July 26,2016 should master the following  Evolving technologies domain

  1. Cloud

1.1: Compare and contrast Cloud deployment models

  • Infrastructure, platform, and software services (XaaS)
  • Performance and reliability
  • Security and privacy
  • Scalability and interoperability

1.2: Describe Cloud implementations and operations

  • Automation and orchestration
  • Workload mobility
  • Troubleshooting and management
  • OpenStack components
  1. Network Programmability

2.1: Describe functional elements of network programmability (SDN) and how they interact

  • Controllers
  • APIs
  • Scripting
  • Agents
  • Northbound vs. Southbound protocols

2.2: Describe aspects of virtualization and automation in network environments

  • DevOps methodologies, tools and workflows
  • Network/application function virtualization (NFV, AFV)
  • Service function chaining
  • Performance, availability, and scaling considerations
  1. Internet of Things

3.1: Describe architectural framework and deployment considerations for Internet of Things (IoT)

  • Performance, reliability and scalability
  • Mobility
  • Security and privacy
  • Standards and compliance
  • Migration
  • Environmental impacts on the network

Looking at the new topics, one can assume how important technologies like cloud, network programmability, Internet of things are. And these topics covers 10% of the total score. Cisco is ensuring that  evolving technology does play a vital role in coming days.  The new recalibrated  exam topics shown below are something which candidates need to focus on.

Written Exam Topics Used for

Testing BEFORE July 25, 2016

Written Exam Topics Used for Testing On

July 25, 2016 and Beyond

CCIE Routing and Switching Existing exam topics version 5.0 Recalibrated exam topics version 5.1
CCIE Wireless Existing exam topics version 3.0 Recalibrated exam topics version 3.1
CCIE Security Existing exam topics version 4.0 Recalibrated exam topics version 4.1
CCIE Service Provider Existing exam topics version 4.0 Recalibrated exam topics version 4.1
CCIE Collaboration Existing exam topics version 1.0 Recalibrated exam topics version 1.1
CCDE Existing exam topics version 2.0 Recalibrated exam topics version 2.1
CCIE Data Center Existing written exam 350-080 and its corresponding exam topics will be available for candidates who are scheduled to take the test BEFORE July 25, 2016. The new unified exam topics version 2.0 will be used for the new written exam (400-151) and lab exam and is recommended for candidates scheduled to take the test on July 25, 2016 or beyond.

I believe it’s a welcome move from Cisco and I could see Cisco wants to capitalize the market by ensuring the new CCIEs are aware of these new evolving technologies at least at some extent. Also I expect Cisco Press will come out with the appropriate study guides and titles.

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