Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)


Credential: Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)  In-Demand resource CA Eligible
Credentialing Agency: Cisco Systems, Inc.

Renewal Period: 3 years

Cisco Systems, Inc., Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) credential validates candidates skills with data center solutions. Candidates are recommended to have three to five years of experience implementing data center solutions. Candidates must pass two exams: a core exam and a data center concentration exam of the candidate's choice.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    medium

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 3 years recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Cisco Systems, Inc.

170 West Tasman Dr.
San Jose, CA  95134

Phone: (800) 553-NETS

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To earn CCNP Data Center, candidates must pass two exams: a core exam and a data center concentration exam of the candidate's choice. 

Core exam:

  • 350-601 DCCOR

Concentration exams (choose one): 

  • 300-610 DCID
  • 300-615 DCIT
  • 300-620 DCACI
  • 300-625 DCSAN
  • 300-635 DCAUTO

  • 1.0 Network (25%)
    • 1.1 Apply routing protocols
    • 1.2 Apply switching protocols such as RSTP+, LACP and vPC
    • 1.3 Apply overlay protocols such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
    • 1.4 Apply ACI concepts
    • 1.5 Analyze packet flow (unicast, multicast, and broadcast)
    • 1.6 Analyze Cloud service and deployment models (NIST 800-145)
    • 1.7 Describe software updates and their impacts
    • 1.8 Implement network configuration management
    • 1.9 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as NetFlow and SPAN
    • 1.10 Explain network assurance concepts such as streaming telemetry
  • 2.0 Compute (25%)
    • 2.1 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Rack Servers
    • 2.2 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Blade Chassis
    • 2.3 Explain HyperFlex Infrastructure Concepts and benefits (Edge and Hybrid Architecture vs all-flash)
    • 2.4 Describe firmware and software updates and their impacts on B-Series and C-Series servers
    • 2.5 Implement compute configuration management (Backup and restore)
    • 2.6 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as SPAN and Intersight
  • 3.0 Storage Network (20%)
    • 3.1 Implement Fibre Channel
    • 3.2 Implement FCoE Unified Fabric (FIP and DCB)
    • 3.3 Describe NFS and NAS concepts
    • 3.4 Describe software updates and their impacts (Disruptive/nondisruptive and EPLD)
    • 3.5 Implement infrastructure monitoring
  • 4.0 Automation (15%)
    • 4.1 Implement automation and scripting tools
    • 4.2 Evaluate automation and orchestration technologies
  • 5.0 Security (15%)
    • 5.1 Apply network security
    • 5.2 Apply compute security
    • 5.3 Apply storage security

  • 1.0 Network Design (35%)
    • 1.1 Evaluate options for Layer 2 connectivity
    • 1.2 Evaluate options for Layer 3 connectivity
    • 1.3 Evaluate data center technologies such as vPC/vPC+
    • 1.4 Evaluate options for interconnecting data centers such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
    • 1.5 Evaluate options for device and routing virtualization
    • 1.6 Evaluate in-band and out-of-band options for management
    • 1.7 Evaluate redundancy options such as active/active and disaster recovery site
  • 2.0 Compute Design (25%)
    • 2.1 Evaluate options for Ethernet connectivity
    • 2.2 Evaluate options for storage connectivity
    • 2.3 Evaluate options for network device virtualization in a data center (Cisco VIC adapters)
    • 2.4 Evaluate options for hyperconverged infrastructure
  • 3.0 Storage Network Design (20%)
    • 3.1 Plan for iSCSI deployment in a data center (Multipathing and addressing schemes)
    • 3.2 Evaluate QoS requirements in a data center
    • 3.3 Determine FCoE/ Fibre Channel interface
    • 3.4 Evaluate SAN topology options
  • 4.0 Automation Design (20%)
    • 4.1 Evaluate options for network orchestration and automation
    • 4.2 Evaluate options for compute orchestration and automation

  • 1.0 Network (25%)
    • 1.1 Troubleshoot routing protocols
    • 2.1 Troubleshoot Cisco Unified Computing System rack servers
    • 1.2 Troubleshoot switching protocols, such as RSTP+, LACP, and vPC
    • 1.3 Troubleshoot overlay protocols, such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
    • 1.4 Troubleshoot Application Centric Infrastructure
  • 2.0 Compute Platforms (25%)
    • 2.2 Troubleshoot Cisco Unified Computing System blade chassis
    • 2.3 Troubleshoot packet flow from server to the fabric
    • 2.4 Troubleshoot hardware interoperability
    • 2.5 Troubleshoot firmware upgrades, packages, and interoperability
  • 3.0 Storage Network (15%)
    • 3.1 Troubleshoot Fibre Channel
    • 3.2 Troubleshoot FCoE Cisco Unified Fabric (FIP, DCB)
  • 4.0 Automation (15%)
    • 4.1 Troubleshoot automation and scripting tools
    • 4.2 Troubleshoot programmability
  • 5.0 Management and Operations (20%)
    • 5.1 Troubleshoot firmware upgrades, packages, and interoperability
    • 5.2 Troubleshoot integration of centralized management
    • 5.3 Troubleshooting network security
    • 5.4 Troubleshoot ACI security domains and role mapping
    • 5.5 Troubleshoot data center compute security
    • 5.6 Troubleshoot storage security

  • 1.0 ACI Fabric Infrastructure (20%)
    • 1.1 Describe ACI topology and hardware
    • 1.2 Describe ACI Object Model
    • 1.3 Utilize faults, event record, and audit log
    • 1.4 Describe ACI fabric discovery
    • 1.5 Implement ACI policies
    • 1.6 Implement ACI logical constructs
  • 2.0 ACI Packet Forwarding (15%)
    • 2.1 Describe endpoint learning
    • 2.2 Implement bridge domain configuration knob (unicast routing, Layer 2 unknown hardware proxy, ARP flooding)
  • 3.0 External Network Connectivity (20%)
    • 3.1 Implement Layer 2 out (STP/MCP basics)
    • 3.2 Implement Layer 3 out (excludes transit routing and VRF route leaking)
  • 4.0 Integrations (15%)
    • 4.1 Implement VMware vCenter DVS integration
    • 4.2 Describe resolution immediacy in VMM
    • 4.3 Implement service graph (managed and unmanaged)
  • 5.0 ACI Management (20%)
    • 5.1 Implement out-of-band and in-band
    • 5.2 Utilize syslog and snmp services
    • 5.3 Implement configuration backup (snapshot/config import export)
    • 5.4 Implement AAA and RBAC
    • 5.5 Configure an upgrade
  • 6.0 ACI Anywhere (10%)
    • 6.1 Describe multipod
    • 6.2 Describe multisite

  • 1.0 Deployment (15%)
    • 1.1 Describe installation and initial setup
    • 1.2 Describe secure boot
  • 2.0 Implementation (35%)
    • 2.1 Implement Fibre Channel port channels
    • 2.2 Implement Fibre Channel protocol services
    • 2.3 Implement FCoE
    • 2.4 Implement VSANs
    • 2.5 Implement NPV and NPIV
    • 2.6 Implement device aliases and zoning
    • 2.7 Configure inter-VSAN routing
    • 2.8 Implement VSAN extensions
  • 3.0 Management and Monitoring (25%)
    • 3.1 Configure DCNM
    • 3.2 Configure RBAC
    • 3.3 Configure Fibre Channel fabric security
    • 3.4 Describe slow-drain analysis
    • 3.5 Implement SAN telemetry streaming
  • 4.0 MDS Troubleshooting (25%)
    • 4.1 Troubleshoot Fibre Channel domains and duplicate domain ID
    • 4.2 Troubleshoot zoning and zone merge failure
    • 4.3 Troubleshoot boot and upgrade issues

  • 1.0 Network Programmability Foundation (10%)
    • 1.1 Utilize common version control operations with git: add, clone, push, commit, diff, branching, merging conflict
    • 1.2 Describe characteristics of API styles (REST and RPC)
    • 1.3 Describe the challenges encountered and patterns used when consuming APIs synchronously and asynchronously
    • 1.4 Interpret Python scripts containing data types, functions, classes, conditions, and looping
    • 1.5 Describe the benefits of Python virtual environments
    • 1.6 Explain the benefits of using network configuration tools such as Ansible and Puppet for automating data center platforms
  • 2.0 Controller Based Data Center Networking (30%)
    • 2.1 Describe the following: ACI target policy, ACI application hosting capabilities, Implementation of an ACI application from the Cisco ACI Apps Center
    • 2.2 Leverage the API inspector to explore the REST API calls made by the ACI GUI
    • 2.3 Construct a Python script to create an application policy using the ACI REST API
    • 2.4 Construct a Python script to create an application policy using the ACI Cobra SDK
    • 2.5 Construct an Ansible playbook to create an application policy
    • 2.6 Describe the benefits of integrating Kubernetes infrastructure using the ACI CNI plugin
  • 3.0 Data Center Device-centric Networking (30%)
    • 3.1 Describe Day 0 provisioning with NX-OS
    • 4.1 Configure Cisco UCS with developer tools
    • 3.2 Implement On-Box Programmability and Automation with NX-OS
    • 3.3 Compare model-driven telemetry such as YANG Push and gRPC to traditional network monitoring strategies such as SMNP, Netflow, and SYSLOG
    • 3.4 Construct Python script that consumes model-driven telemetry data with NX-OS
    • 3.5 Implement Off-Box Programmability and Automation with NX-OS
  • 4.0 Data Center Compute (30%)
    • 4.2 Describe the capabilities of the DCNM API
    • 4.3 Identify the steps in the Intersight API authentication method
    • 4.4 Construct an Intersight API call given documentation to accomplish tasks such as manage server policies, service profiles, and firmware updates
    • 4.5 Describe the process to implement workflows for physical and virtual infrastructure using UCS Director
    • 4.6 Utilize UCS Director REST API browser

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor
  • For more information on the Cisco Systems, Inc. testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) credential has the following recertification information:

  • All Cisco certification levels will have a three-year recertification requirement. Certified individuals will able to recertify by completing continuing education activities, taking exams, or a combination of both.

Additional considerations for the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center) include:

  • There are no formal prerequisites for CCNP Data Center, but candidates should have a good understanding of the exam topics before taking the exam.

    CCNP candidates often also have three to five years of experience implementing data center solutions.

  • Passing any of the individual exams required for this certification may lead to a Cisco Certified Specialist Certification. More information can be found on the Cisco webpage.

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