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JNCIE-ENT: Juniper Networks Certified Enterprise Routing and Switching Expert

Best Computer Networking Certifications For 2017

Juniper Networks designs and sells routers, firewalls, and all kinds of networking solutions aimed mainly at data center environments. Its well-known network operating system for routing, switching and security is called Junos OS, which figures prominently in many Juniper devices and equipment. As such, the company is a top competitor to (that is, engages in fabric wars with) Cisco, Brocade, HPE and other networking powerhouses.

Juniper formed the Juniper Networks Certification Program (JNCP) several years ago to ensure a workforce capable of supporting the company's hardware and software solutions. The part of the program that focuses on Junos-based credentials includes Associate, Specialist, Professional and Expert levels across four tracks: Data Center, Service Provider Routing and Switching, Enterprise Routing and Switching, and Junos Security.

We favor the upper-tier Enterprise Routing and Switching-Expert (JNCIE-ENT) certification because of its cachet in the industry and its salary-generating capability. The credential requires candidates to achieve the Professional-level certification as a prerequisite and pass an eight-hour hands-on exam. Once earned, the certification is valid for three years.

JNCIE-ENT Facts & Figures

Certification NameEnterprise Routing and Switching, Expert (JNCIE-ENT)
Prerequisites & Required CoursesJuniper Networks Certified Professional Enterprise Routing and Switching (JNCIP-ENT)
Number of ExamsOne: JPR-943 (hands-on lab exam, eight hours)
Cost per Exam1,400
Self-Study MaterialsSelf-study materials include Junos Documentation and Junos Documentation for EX Series switches. The JNCIE Enterprise Bootcamp is an optional five-day course.

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