Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center (CCIE Data Center) certifies the expert-level skills required to plan, prepare, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot complex data center networks. Professionals who achieve CCIE Data Center certification have demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level.
There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass a written qualification exam and then the corresponding hands-on lab exam. You are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the topics in the exam blueprints and strongly encouraged to have three to five years of job experience before attempting certification.
You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering concepts and equipment commands related to packet-based networking infrastructure, before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.
The eight-hour lab exam tests your ability to configure actual equipment and get a service provider network running in a timed test situation. You must make an initial attempt of the CCIE lab exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam.
The Cisco CCIE® Data Center Written Exam (350-080) version 1.0 is a 2-hour test with 90−110 questions that will validate that a data center engineer has expert knowledge about planning, designing, implementing, operating, and troubleshooting Cisco data center technologies. The exam is closed book and no outside reference materials are allowed.
The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam
The Cisco CCIE® Data Center Lab Exam version 1.0 is an 8-hour hands-on test that will validate that a data center engineer has expert knowledge about planning, designing, implementing, operating, and troubleshooting Cisco data center technologies.
The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam.