The Cisco Certified Technician Data Center simply known as CCT Data Center certification aims to validate one’s skills to provide onsite support and operation of Cisco Unified Computing Systems and servers. Certified candidates are knowledgeable about the Cisco Unified Computing Systems components, servers, accessories, interfaces, and cabling. They also have a good understanding of the Cisco UCS and NX-OS operating modes as well as commonly found-software. To add more, they are skilled in dealing with the Cisco Graphical User Interface to connect service product components.
Since there are no prerequisites in gaining this Cisco certification, the only thing you need to do is to pass the 010-151 exam after covering its exam topics. The exam validates your proficiency in such areas as basic Cisco NX-OS configuration, features of Cisco Integrated Management Controller, UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center products and hardware components. The exam will check your skills in dealing with Cisco Data Center products, hardware components, and Cisco NX-OS configuration. To pass it, you will need to cope with 65-75 questions which you are to tackle within 90 minutes and pay $125 to schedule it.
Moving further, the exam content is divided into 4 parts. The first one is based on testing the data center basics skills. Here you should be able to describe a data center, raid storage, cloud computing, and virtualization. Your knowledge of how to work with SAN technology and cabling, UTP, fiber and its connectors, SFP and QSFP will be proved. You also should demonstrate your skills to identify Layer 2 technologies, such as Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, and Fast Ethernet and know their distinctive features.
The second topic deals with Cisco Equipment and its related hardware. Within this topic your skills in describing the Cisco UCS components, fabric interconnects & fabric extenders, and the Cisco UCS network adapters will be assessed. In addition, you should be able to describe the components of the Cisco UCS B-series Blade servers and Cisco UCS C-series rack mount servers. Moreover, you should be knowledgeable about the use of Cisco UCS LED, Cisco UCS network adapters, Cisco ACI mode, and the MDS 9700 Family Storage networking modules.
The third topic will measure your skills in working with Cisco UCS and Cisco NX-OS software operation. The exam questions in this part may demand you to be able to describe the Cisco Integrated Management Controller, the functionality of Cisco UCS Manager, command modes for Cisco NX-OS software, define the current mode of a device, and check its configuration. This domain will require you to know how to utilize the basic Cisco NX-OS commands, device file systems and directories, and possess top-notch skills in performing password recovery.
Lastly, in the fourth topic, you will be required to show your service-related knowledge. This involves the ability to demonstrate your skills in performing initial setup tasks, remedial procedures on Cisco devices, installation process steps, and service restoration verification. In this part, you also are expected to have competence in connecting laptop to Cisco console part physically, upgrade the BIOS, upgrade and downgrade the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect (FI), and solve tasks related to Cisco UCS servers troubleshooting.
According to Glassdoor statistics, the CCT Data Center certified specialists earn about $54,273 per year, so if you make an effort, you can achieve this goal and gain this accreditation.