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    Default CCNA: Data Center

    So I just found this on the Cisco Learning Network. I got a little confused when I saw CCNA twice and the one on the top of the list said "Data Center" I thought they got rid of R/S for a few seconds.

    This certification has no prerequisites!!!!

    "For data center network administrators who want to save time and money on data center design, equipment installation, and maintenance, the Cisco CCNA Data Center certification is a job-role-focused training and certification program that allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network.

    Because of our experience with our existing certification and education programs and leadership in providing data center solutions, Cisco can provide a comprehensive program to address the key areas of data center network design, implementation, and maintenance."
    https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/co...na_data_center


    The certification comes in two exams. DCICN: 640-911 and DCICT: 640-916
    911: 90 minutes (65–75 questions)
    916: 90 minutes (65–75 questions)



    DCICN:

    Exam Description

    The 640-911 (DCICN) Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking exam tests and validates a candidate's knowledge of networking concepts for the data center environment, based on Cisco NX-OS, including fundamental information on data center network function, virtualization configuration in the network, addressing schemes, and configuration skills. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) course.



    Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking course.



    640-911 (DCICN) Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking Exam Topics

    1.0 Describe how a network works

    Describe the purpose and functions of various network devices

    Select the components required to meet a network specification

    Use the OSI and TCP/IP models and their associated protocols to explain how data flows in a network

    Describe the purpose and basic operation of the protocols in the OSI and TCP/IP models

    2.0 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot a switch with VLANs and interswitch communications

    Explain the technology and MAC method for Ethernet networks

    Explain basic switching concepts and the operation of Cisco switches

    Describe and configure enhanced switching technologies, including VTP, VLAN, 802.1Q, and STP

    3.0 Implement an IP addressing scheme and IP services to meet network requirements in a medium-size enterprise branch office network

    Describe the operation and benefits of using private and public IP addressing

    Describe the difference between the IPv4 and IPv6 addressing scheme

    4.0 Configure, verify, and troubleshoot basic router operation and routing on Cisco devices

    Describe and configure basic routing concepts, including packet forwarding and the router lookup process

    Describe the operation of Cisco routers, including the router bootup process, POST, and router components





    DCICT:

    Exam Description

    The 640-916 (DCICT) Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies exam validates a candidate's knowledge of fundamental data center technologies such as network and server virtualization, storage, convergent I/O, and network services such as load balancing. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) course.


    Exam Topics

    The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.



    640-916 (DCICT) Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies Exam Topics
    1.0 Cisco data center fundamental concepts

    Describe network architectures for the data center (LAN, SAN)

    Describe the modular approach in network design

    Describe the data center core layer

    Describe the data center aggregation layer

    Describe the data center access layer

    Describe the collapse core model

    Describe Cisco FabricPath

    Identify key differentiator between DCI and network interconnectivity

    Describe, configure, and verify vPC

    Describe the functionality of and configure port channels

    Describe and configure VDC

    Describe the edge and core layers of the SAN

    Describe the Cisco Nexus product family

    Configure and verify network connectivity

    Identify control and data plane traffic

    Perform initial setup



    2.0 Data center unified fabric


    Describe FCoE

    Describe FCoE multihop

    Describe VIFs

    Describe FEX products

    Perform initial setup



    3.0 Storage networking


    Describe the initiator target

    Verify SAN switch operations

    Describe basic SAN connectivity

    Describe the different types of storage array connectivity

    Verify name server login

    Describe, configure, and verify zoning

    Perform initial setup

    Describe, configure, and verify VSAN

    4.0 Data center virtualization


    Describe device virtualization

    Describe server virtualization

    Describe the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch

    Verify initial setup and operation for the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch

    5.0 Unified computing

    Describe the Cisco UCS product family

    Describe the Cisco UCS Manager

    Describe, configure, and verify cluster configuration

    Describe and verify discovery operation

    Describe, configure, and verify connectivity

    Perform initial setup

    Describe the key features of the Cisco UCS Manager


    6.0 Data center network services

    Describe standard Cisco ACE features for load balancing

    Describe server load-balancing virtual context and high availability

    Describe server load-balancing management options

    Describe the benefits of the Cisco Global Load Balancing Solution

    Describe how the Cisco Global Load Balancing Solution integrates with local Cisco load balancers

    Describe the Cisco WAAS need and advantages in the data center
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    Yes indeed

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    NA/NP Data Center Paths are there. Figured that was a matter time.
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    Yippeee i have been waiting for Cisco to provide a Data Centre Cert. After i finish my CCNA this is my next cert for sure.
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    I'm glad they did this; not really fair to have a CCIE track that doesn't have an entry level starting point.
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    Though from experience, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for study materials/books from Cisco Press or others...though anything is possible
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    Yup, I doubt that they will release any study material. However, INEs CCIE Data Center series is great, as well as the existing CCIE-level books That should be sufficient to pass both the A and P stuff
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    There is still a CCIE: Storage with and NA/NP level

    I've got a bunch of 5k coming in so I might look into this next year, after I'm through the INE material. Not sure why but just to have it.
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    Good stuff here. Agreed that there is some materials already out there that could be used. The only trouble with this track is the access to equipment. You could learn it all in theory but NX-OS has a few differences from IOS. Nexus 1000v is easy, its free now so access to it shouldn't be a problem. The UCS platform emulator might be enough to get through most of the UCS stuff. The only things you won't be able to do are the vPC/VDC stuff that requires NX-OS to do. Then there's the SAN stuff.....tough track but only tough from an equipment standpoint.
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    Just read about the new certs today and I'm really excited. We recently got the Nexus 7000 switches so I can't wait to play with these new toys! Actually I did test them out, problem is the lack of lab materials.

    I just hope the exam questions aren't leaked, sick and tired of these braindumpsters!
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    any idea when the books will be available?

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    I wouldn't count on books being available for it any time soon.

    That being said, I think some of our more experienced network engineers could probably get together and throw some links/book suggestions together that would fit the bill. Or perhaps they would tell us to suck it up and do our own research
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    Data centre switching on the Nexus switches is more or less identical to normal IOS. You need to be aware of stuff like OTV, VDC's and vPCs but they are not difficult concepts to grasp or configure.

    I think if there is any SAN switching included that will be the most difficult topic to get your head around along with UCS.

    In regard to study materials, I would recommend the PEC (if you work for a Cisco partner) and use the labs. I know there is a bunch of DC labs as I've done them when preparing for specialist exams (vPC, OTV etc). There is also labs on UCS and UCS Manager etc available.

    Another resource is the Cisco SBA section of the design zone. This has configs and design / deployment guides that are easy to read / follow and they're not hundreds of pages long so quite easy to understand. Covers more or less all of Cisco's products to make it easy for engineers to deploy technology they maybe haven't used before.

    Data Centre link below, covers most DC kit - not Nexus 7k that I can see but the concepts are more or less identical as 5k plus/minus a few features like OTV which is only available on 7k:

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    Going through the Cisco Forums, Todd Lammle is aiming for March 2013 to have his books ready.

    Even thought this Cert does not have any Pre-Req, just looking at the course outline it would be very benefical to have your CCNA
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    Wait! So it's CCNA Data Center, but it doesn't require you to hold the CCNA in order to be CCNA Data Center certified? Umm, okay...
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    Neither does CCNA Service Provider
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    Quote Originally Posted by QHalo View Post
    Neither does CCNA Service Provider
    Interesting. I don't really see the point. You would think it would be a good idea for the candidate of those exams to have a solid foundation in R&S.
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    I wouldn't do it without it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veritas_libertas View Post
    Wait! So it's CCNA Data Center, but it doesn't require you to hold the CCNA in order to be CCNA Data Center certified? Umm, okay...
    isnt that how the CCNP's work? you can just get a CCNP speciality, you don't have to have a stand alone CCNP right?
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    I e-mailed CBT Nuggets if they would have any Data Centre Videos available or are planning to release any Data Centre Videos and the answer is no

    Looks like the only study material so far is Lammle Book in 2013 or CCIE level reading
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    Hey Guys, that mean CCNA disappear? Im study to CCNA now!
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    No, CCNA is not going anywhere. These are just other specializations for different Cisco tracks:


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    Core routing/switching will never disappear it's what carriers everything.
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    While this is exciting, we must not forget that quality self-study aides can be very difficult to come by.

    CCNA would never disappear. Route/Switch is networking, and everything else rides ontop of Route and Switching.

    If there's a book that'll come out for it, It's definitely something to have and read.
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    They updated the NX-OS book to second edition. Rough Cuts are available from Safari.
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    Hi guys, is the routing in 640-911 (DCICN) based on NX-OS or even with IOS knowledge someone is good to go?
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