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 Name||Enterprise Routing and Switching, Expert (JNCIE-ENT)|
|Prerequisites & Required Courses||Juniper Networks Certified Professional Enterprise Routing and Switching (JNCIP-ENT)|
|Number of Exams||One: JPR-943 (hands-on lab exam, eight hours)|
|Cost per Exam||1,400|
|Self-Study Materials||Self-study materials include Junos Documentation and Junos Documentation for EX Series switches. The JNCIE Enterprise Bootcamp is an optional five-day course.|