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CCNP Data Center: Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center

Best Storage Certifications 2018

Cisco offers a variety of certifications that address storage networking topics, including the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) and the Data Center versions of the CCNA, CCNP and CCIE (in order of difficulty). We chose the CCNP Data Center credential as the best fit for this top five list because it hits the sweet spot in terms of warranting an IT professional's knowledge and understanding of Cisco's storage networking products and platforms in a data center context.

Cisco requires the Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center) credential or any Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification as a prerequisite for the CCNP Data Center.

Of all of the storage-related Cisco certifications, the CCIE Data Center is the most senior and the best-recognized, and while it is a difficult and demanding credential to earn, it comes with a terrific payoff for its holders.

Cisco CCNP Data Center Facts & Figures

Certification Name
Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)
Prerequisites & Required Courses
Valid CCNA Data Center certification or any CCIE certification. Training recommended but not required.
Number of Exams
Four exams:
  • Design track: 300-160 DCID
  • Troubleshooting track: 300-180 DCIT
Cost per Exam
$300 per exam; $1,200 total (price may vary by region). Exams administered by Pearson VUE.
Self-Study Materials
Instructor-led training is recommended. Information on self-study materials and Learning Partner training available at the URL above and on the Cisco Learning Network Data Center (CCNP Data Center) site.

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