CCNA Data Center

by Mirek Burnejko

CCNA Data CenterIf you are going to start your journey with Data Center networking, CCNA Data Center is for you. The new CCNA Data Center certifications was developed to give you knowledge about standard networking (known from CCNA), but also about more advanced topics like: Unified Fabric, Storage Networking, DC Virtualization and Unified Computing.

This certification is also a good start towards CCNP Data Center and CCIE Data Center.

Let’s find out, what we should do to achieve the CCNA Data Center title.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a CCNA Data Center

You must pass two exams.

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) – 640-911
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) – 640-916

You do not need to pass any other exam. Also standard CCNA isn’t required.

Format of the Exams

Both exams are standard tests. You have 65-75 questions to answer in 90 minutes.

Where You Can Pass the CCNA Data Center Exams

You can pass the exams in the nearest Pearson VUE examination center. Just visit the website and click “Schedule a Test” and choose “Career Certifications and Specialization Exams”.

How Much Does the CCNA Data Center Certification Cost

The cost of each exam is $250. You can pay for it during a registration process or directly in an examination center.

How To Renew your CCNA Data Center Certification

This certification is valid for three years. To renew it, you must pass one of these exams/certifications:

  • Any current CCNA concentration exam (Wireless, Security, Voice, etc.)
  • Any current 642-xxx professional-level exam (eg. FIREWALL 642-617)
  • Cisco specialist exam
  • Any CCIE, CCDE or CCAr exam
  • more on the Cisco website

Scope of the CCNA Data Center Exam

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) – 640-911
    • Network Fundamentals
    • IP Addressing
    • Configuration and Troubleshooting of a Cisco router and switch
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) – 640-916
    • Cisco Data Center Fundamentals Concepts
    • Data Center Unified Fabric
    • Storage Networking
    • DC Virtualization (Nexus 1000v)
    • Unified Computing (UCS, UCSM)
    • Data Center Network Services (ACE, WAAS)

How To Prepare to the Exam

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Questions and Answers

Q: Are there any other Data Center certifications?
A: You can find more than 10 pure Data Center certifications, but also you should check networking and storage certifications.