Cisco Systems channel partners now have the ability to put two new feathers in their caps to show customers and potential customers what they can do with virtualized and cloud data centers.
In addition to new training options, Cisco is adding the CCNA Data Center and CCNP Data Center certification and training programs to the already existing CCIE Data Center designation. According to the Cisco, the trio of designations form a complete job-role-focused training and certification program for IT professionals looking to maximize the value of IT infrastructure that's based on virtualized and cloud architecture.
"Roles are transforming more quickly in the data center than any other space in IT. Both networking professionals wanting a new career choice, and current data center professionals who want to maximize their data center equipment design, installation and maintenance skills will benefit from this new certification track," said Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager of [email protected], in a prepared statement.
The CCIE Data Center certification was launched in March of this year. The addition of the two new data center certifications complement existing Cisco designations, such as the two-month-old Master Cloud Builder Specialization, giving partners more opportunities to build out their knowledge bases and show to customers that they have an understanding of the technologies and principles in increasingly complex data center and cloud computing environments.
The new CCNA Data Center certification was designed for data center networking administrators that oversee network and server virtualization, as well as storage and IP networking convergence. The CCNP Data Center designation steps things up to the data center network designer and professional-level data center networking practitioner levels. It validates the individual's capabilities in troubleshooting a virtualized computing environment based on Cisco UCS, installation, memory, adapter connectivity and booting issues, drivers, BIOS and deploying a virtualized environment.