It’s official, the CCIE DC has been announced. Here’s the meat of the announcement:

“Cisco announced today that a new expert-level certification for data center professionals will be available starting September 2012. This expert-level certification validates a candidate’s expert knowledge of implementing and troubleshooting complex data center networks. The program offers candidates the knowledge and skills required to design, implement, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot complex data center networks. Products tested in this certification include Cisco Catalyst 3750, MDS 9222i, Nexus 7709(sic), 5548, 2232, 1000v and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Control Engine Appliance.”

This is a very interesting certification. It’s definitely crossing the line between a Data Center engineer and a Network Engineer. I think I might give it a shot. I have almost zero knowledge of UCS and Storage, but I think I could learn it. Working with everything on the blueprint is almost my dream job.

Post your thoughts in the comments, especially if you’re considering attaining this cert.

 

Here’s the blueprint:

Cisco Data Center Infrastructure – NXOS

  • Implement NXOS L2 functionality
    Implement VLANs and PVLANs
    Implement Spanning-Tree Protocols
    Implement Port-Channels
    Implement Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD)
    Implement Fabric Extension via the Nexus family
  • Implement NXOS L3 functionality
    Implement Basic EIGRP in Data Center Environment
    Implement Basic OSPF in Data Center Environment
    Implement BFD for Dynamic Routing protocols
    Implement ECMP
    Implement FabricPath
  • Implement Basic NXOS Security Features
    Implement AAA Services
    Implement SNMPv3
    Configure IP ACLs, MAC ACLs and VLAN ACLs
    Configure Port Security
    Configure DHCP Snooping
    Configure Dynamic ARP Inspection
    Configure IP Source Guard
    Configure Cisco TrustSec
  • Implement NXOS High Availability Features
    Implement First-Hop Routing Protocols
    Implement Graceful Restart
    Implement nonstop forwarding
    Implement Port-channels
    Implement vPC and VPC+
    Implement Overlay Transport Protocol (OTV)
  • Implement NXOS Management
    Implement SPAN and ERSPAN
    Implement NetFlow
    Implement Smart Call Home
    Manage System Files
    Implement NTP, PTP
    Configure and Verify DCNM Functionality
  • NXOS Troubleshooting
    Utilize SPAN, ERSPAN and EthAnalyzer to troubleshoot a Cisco Nexus problem
    Utilize NetFlow to troubleshoot a Cisco Nexus problem
    Given an OTV problem, identify the problem and potential fix
    Given a VDC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
    Given a vPC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
    Given an Layer 2 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
    Given an Layer 3 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
    Given a multicast problem, identify the problem and potential fix
    Given a FabricPath problem, identify the problem and potential fix
    Given a Unified Fabric problem, identify the problem and potential fix

Cisco Storage Networking

  • Implement Fiber Channel Protocols Features
    Implement Port Channel, ISL and Trunking
    Implement VSANs
    Implement Basic and Enhanced Zoning
    Implement FC Domain Parameters
    Implement Fiber Channel Security Features
    Implement Proper Oversubscription in an FC environment
  • Implement IP Storage Based Solution
    Implement IP Features including high availability
    Implement iSCSI including advanced features
    Implement SAN Extension tuner
    Implement FCIP and Security Features
    Implement iSCSI security features
    Validate proper configuration of IP Storage based solutions
  • Implement NXOS Unified Fabric Features
    Implement basic FC in NXOS environment
    Implement Fiber channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
    Implement NPV and NPIV features
    Implement Unified Fabric Switch different modes of operation
    Implement QoS Features
    Implement FCoE NPV features
    Implement multihop FCoE
    Validate Configurations and Troubleshoot problems and failures using Command Line, show and debug commands.

Cisco Data Center Virtualization

  • Manage Data Center Virtualization with Nexus1000v
    Implement QoS, Traffic Flow and IGMP Snooping
    Implement Network monitoring on Nexus 1000v
    Implement n1kv portchannels
    Troubleshoot Nexus 1000V in a virtual environment
    Configure VLANs
    Configure PortProfiles
  • Implement Nexus1000v Security Features
    DHCP Snooping
    Dynamic ARP Inspection
    IP Source Guard
    Port Security
    Access Control Lists
    Private VLANs
    Configuring Private VLANs

Cisco Unified Computing

  • Implement LAN Connectivity in a Unified Computing Environment
    Configure different Port types
    Implement Ethernet end Host Mode
    Implement VLANs and Port Channels.
    Implement Pinning and PIN Groups
    Implement Disjoint Layer 2
  • Implement SAN Connectivity in a Unified Computing Environment
    Implement FC ports for SAN Connectivity
    Implement VSANs
    Implement FC Port Channels
    Implement FC Trunking and SAN pinning
  • Implement Unified Computing Server Resources
    Create and Implement Service Profiles
    Create and Implement Policies
    Create and Implement Server Resource Pools
    Implement Updating and Initial Templates
    Implement Boot From remote storage
    Implement Fabric Failover
  • Implement UCS Management tasks
    Implement Unified Computing Management Hierarchy using ORG and RBAC
    Configure RBAC Groups
    Configure Remote RBAC Configuration
    Configure Roles and Privileges
    Create and Configure Users
    Implement Backup and restore procedures in a unified computing environment
    Implement system wide policies
  • Unified Computing Troubleshooting and Maintenance
    Manage High Availability in a Unified Computing environment
    Configure Monitoring and analysis of system events
    Implement External Management Protocols
    Collect Statistical Information
    Firmware management
    Collect TAC specific information
    Implement Server recovery tasks

Cisco Application Networking Services – ANS

  • Implement Data Center application high availability and load balancing
    Implement standard ACE features for load balancing
    Configuring Server Load Balancing Algorithm
    Configure different SLB deployment modes
    Implement Health Monitoring
    Configure Sticky Connections
    Implement Server load balancing in HA mode

Colby

Colby Glass has been in IT since 2002. He is currently a Systems Engineer (presales) with a Cisco Gold partner and holds the CCNP R/S, CCNP DC, CCDP, CCIP, JNCIA-ER.

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