Cisco Introduces Full Portfolio of Certifications and Training for Data Center Technologies to Support and Align With Evolving IT Job Roles

Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:00am EST

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  SAN JOSE, CA, Nov 20 (Marketwire) -- 
Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO) today announced a comprehensive, job-role-focused
training and certification program that allows customers and partners to
maximize the value of their IT infrastructure, based on a virtualized
environment and cloud architecture. This announcement includes a
comprehensive Career Certification portfolio consisting of the Cisco
CCNA(R) Data Center, CCNP(R) Data Center and CCIE(R) Data Center, as well
as a robust product training portfolio.

    Explosive data growth and new transformational technologies are changing
the way organizations operate today. According to the Cisco Global Cloud
Index, annual global data center IP traffic will reach 6.6 zettabytes by
the end of 2016 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 31 percent.
The growth of data and these new technologies affect not only IT systems
and infrastructures, but also the practitioners that design, install,
operate and manage them. New job roles are emerging that require
next-generation skill sets. New proficiencies and knowledge are needed
for organizations, managers and individual practitioners to maximize the
benefits of these technologies. 

    Key Facts:

--  Following the March 2012 announcement of CCIE Data Center, and the
    recently available suite of Cisco Nexus(R) 1000V, 2000/5000, 7000,
    Cisco MDS and Cisco Unified Computing System(TM) (Cisco UCS(R))
    product training, Cisco now offers a complete portfolio of Data Center
    training and certification, from the associate to expert level.
--  For the first time, the two key pillars of the Unified Cisco Data
    Center architecture, Cisco Unified Computing and Cisco Unified Fabric,
    are addressed across the job roles of design, implementation and
--  This certification program allows individuals to customize their data
    center education, addressing a specific job role around design,
    implementation and troubleshooting.
--  CCNA Data Center lays the foundation for job roles such as Data Center
    Networking Administrators that require competence in areas including
    network and server virtualization and storage and IP networking
--  CCNP Data Center is aligned specifically to the job role of Data
    Center Network Designers and professional-level Data Center networking
    practitioners. The certification validates an individual's
    capabilities, including troubleshooting a virtualized computing
    environment based on the Cisco UCS platform focusing on storage and
    network connectivity, installation, memory, adapter connectivity and
    booting issues, drivers, BIOS and deploying a virtualized


Supporting Quote:

--  Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn, vice president and general manager
    ofLearning@Cisco, said: "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.
    This job-role-focused training and certification program allows
    individuals to maximize the investment in their education and increase
    the value of their organization's data center network. With this
    offering, Cisco is leading the way in transforming skills for the next
    generation of IT professionals."


--  CCNA Data Center and CCNP Data Center exams are now available through
    Pearson VUE:
--  Training courses are available through Cisco Authorized Learning


Supporting Resources:

--  Find out more about CCNA Data Center and CCNP Data Center
    certifications and training products today at:


Social Media Destinations:

--  Cisco Data Center Blog:
--  Twitter:
--  Facebook:
--  LinkedIn:
--  YouTube:


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