The Cisco CCIE Data Center certification is the highest level of designations in the data center accreditation track. It is designed to validate your skills to deal with complex data center solutions and be the leader in data center technologies. The certification can be obtained after passing two exams: a qualifying exam (350-601) and the lab exam (CCIE Data Center v3.0).
The first exam you have to pass is known as 350-601 or Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR). It checks how knowledgeable you are of data center infrastructure. This evaluation also tests your skills to apply core data center technologies, including compute, automation, security, network, and storage network.
Thus, 6 topics covered in 350-601 and the first one is focused on network. Within this topic you will be asked to demonstrate your skills in applying routing protocols, such as OSPFv2 and OSPFv3, PIM, FHRP, using switching protocols such as vPC, LACP, and RSTP+, utilizing overlay protocols and ACI concepts. In this domain, you also should be able to analyze packet flow, cloud service, deployment models, describe software updates, and deal with network configuration management. In addition, your skills to use NetFlow and SPAN, as well as streaming telemetry will also be checked.
The second domain refers to compute and checks your competency in using Cisco Unified Compute System Rack Servers, Cisco Unified Compute System Blade Chassis, which in its turn includes network and storage management, initial setup, and server management. Your skills to explain HyperFlex Infrastructure Concepts and benefits, description of firmware and software updates, computing configuration management and infrastructure monitoring will be checked.
The third domain is focused on your skills in storage network. This topic implies that you have solid skills in implementing port channels, FCID, Zoning, device alias, VSAN, switch fabric initialization, NPV and NPIV. Your competence in applying FCoE Unified Fabric and infrastructure monitoring, describing NFS and NAS concepts, as well as software updates will be assessed.
The fourth topic aims to check your skills in automation. So, in this part, you should be ready to demonstrate your skills in implementing automation and scripting tools. For this purpose, you should be able to work with scheduler, EEM, Rest API, JSON and XML encodings, and Bash Shell and Guest Shell for NX-OS. Besides, your skills to assess automation and orchestration technologies will also be evaluated.
The fifth domain is about security. The exam questions will check your skills to implement network security, compute and storage security. To be more precise, you should be able to apply RBAC, AAA, and ACI contracts, keychain authentication, port security, and fabric binding.
All the questions contained in the exam you are to complete within 2 hours. But before taking the test, you need to pay $400. Though the exam leads to the CCIE Data Center certification, this evaluation is also associated with the CCNP Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Core designations.
So, the next step on the way to getting the expert-level accreditation, you need to pass the CCIE Data Center v3.0 certification which lasts for 8 hours. Its aim is to check your skills to provide the whole lifecycle of complex data center networks, which includes such steps as design, deployment, operating, and optimizing.
Speaking of the annual salary that this certification can bring you is the $84,766 per annum, as stated on the Ziprecruiter website.