CCNP Data Center
Required skills for the data center are evolving
The data center has come a long way from its hardware- and database-centric roots. Data center professionals today need to understand how their field intersects with automation, cloud, software-defined technologies, and virtualization. Are you ready?
The CCNP Data Center certification and training program offers comprehensive certification and Professional-level skills focused on the data center solutions, technologies and best practices to design, implement, and manage a modern data center infrastructure.
IT practitioners who are Cisco trained and certified are uniquely qualified for key roles in complex data center environments, with expertise utilizing technologies including policy-driven infrastructure, virtualization, automation and orchestration, unified computing, data center security, and integration of cloud initiatives. CCNP Data Center certified professionals are highly qualified for senior roles chartered with enabling digital business transformation initiatives.
Exams & Recommended Training
|Required Exam(s)||Recommended Training|
- Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.2
- Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.2
- Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.2
- Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.2
- Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT) v6.2
Cisco Learning Network Resources
Learning Partner Content
The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training:
Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)
The focus of this course is on deploying, securing, operating, and maintaining the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and UCS C-Series Rack Servers for use in data centers.
Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)
The focus of this course is implementation of LAN, SAN, and Data Center Unified Fabric. The course provides hands-on experience implementing Cisco data center infrastructure.
Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)
This course focuses on the implementation and deployment automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. It provides rich, hands-on experience building a data center solution.
Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)
The focus of this course is data center design based on Cisco solutions. The course includes theoretical content, as well as design-oriented case studies.
Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)
The focus of this course is troubleshooting of LAN, SAN, Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS), and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
To earn this Cisco certification, you must pass the following exam(s):
This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of implementing Cisco data center technologies including unified computing, unified computing maintenance and operations, automation, unified computing security, and unified computing storage.
This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including key protocols, routing and switching protocols, maintenance, management, operations, security, and storage.
This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of implementing Cisco data center infrastructure including virtualization, automation, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), ACI network resources, and ACI management and monitoring.
This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of Cisco data center infrastructure design pertaining to deployment requirements and options for network connectivity, infrastructure, storage network, compute connectivity, and compute resource parameters.
This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of troubleshooting Cisco data center infrastructure including data network protocols, network virtualization and automation, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), storage, compute platforms, and management and operations.
Cisco Professional-level certifications (CCDP, CCNP Cloud, CCNP Collaboration, CCNP Data Center, CCNP Routing and Switching, CCNP Security, CCNP Service Provider, and CCNP Wireless) are valid for three years.
To recertify, pass ONE of the following before the certification expiration date:
- Pass any current 642-XXX Professional-level or any 300-XXX Professional-level exam, or
- Pass any current CCIE Written Exam, or
- Pass the current CCDE Written Exam OR current CCDE Practical Exam, or
- Pass the Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) interview AND the CCAr board review to extend lower certifications
When using a higher level of certification to extend other certifications, the expiration date of other certifications will extend to the expiration date of the higher certification (i.e.: If you have one year left on your CCNA certification and you earn a CCIE certification (which has a two-year certification life) then both your CCIE certification and your CCNA certification will expire two years from the date you achieved the CCIE certification). For more information, access the How to Recertify page.