Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center – CCIE DC

by Mirek Burnejko

CCIE DCCisco has announced a new certification – CCIE DC.

It is for sure one of the hardest CCIE certifications to get. The exam itself is similar to other CCIE certifications, but a list of equipment for the exam is HUGE.

The exam will be available as a beta written test from May 1, 2012. At this moment there is no a date for the lab exam.

Do not forget to read our QA session with Antonella Corno from Cisco.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a CCIE DC

You must pass one qualification exam – CCIE DC Written 350-080 (available September 3, 2012) and the real CCIE DC lab exam.
You do not need any prerequisites for these exam.

Format of the Exam

  • Qualification – Written
    • It is a normal computer-based test. You must answer 90-120 questions during 2 hours
  • Lab
    • The lab exam is an eight-hour, hands-on exam. You must configure and troubleshoot complex DC scenarios

Where You Can Pass the CCIE DC Exam

The written exam will be available in any Pearson VUE examination center. The lab exam will be available in two locations: Brussels and San Jose.

How Much Does the CCIE DC Exam Cost

The CCIE DC exam will cost $1500. The qualification exam will cost $350 (after the beta).

How To Renew your CCIE DC Certification

After passing the CCIE DC lab exam you must pass every two years any CCIE written exam (Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider, etc.), the CCDE written exam or the CCAr exam.

Scope of the CCIE DC exam

  • Cisco Data Center Architecture
  • Cisco Data Center Infrastructure NX-OS
  • Cisco Storage Networking
  • Cisco Data Center Virtualization
  • Cisco Unified Computing
  • Cisco Application Networking Services ANS

Full scope of the CCIE DC Written and CCIE DC Lab exams.

How To Prepare to the Exam

Examples of Job Opportunities



Success Story

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Questions and Answers

Q: I live in Sudan. Is it possible to pass the CCIE DC exam in my local city?
A: By default no, but Cisco organizes Mobile labs around the world. Unfortunately there is a very small chance for CCIE DC mobile lab (CCIE Storage Networkingalso isn’t available as a mobile one).