CCIE Data Center


Cisco CCIE Data Center certification validates the expert-level skills required for the planning, design, implementation and management of complex modern IT data center infrastructure.

Advanced skills are focused on Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity, fabric infrastructure, storage networking and compute, network services, and automation and orchestration.

Knowledge of evolving technologies, and their impact on the architectural framework, deployment models, implementation, and operations–are included in CCIE certification.

The CCIE Data Center practitioner is uniquely qualified to play a leadership role in harnessing evolving technologies and deep domain expertise to meet business requirements that depend on an agile IT infrastructure. Professionals who achieve CCIE Data Center certification have demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level, using industry best practices.


While there are no formal prerequisites for CCIE certification, you are expected to have an in-depth understanding of the exam topics and are strongly encouraged to have eight years of job experience before attempting certification. Other professional certifications or training courses are not required. Instead, candidates must first pass the CCIE Data Center Written Exam, and then the corresponding CCIE Data Center Lab Exam.

Step One: CCIE Data Center Written Exam

You must pass the two-hour, written qualification exam covering concepts and equipment commands related to data center networking infrastructure, before you are eligible to schedule the lab exam.

Step Two: CCIE Data Center Lab Exam

CCIE Data Center Lab is a two-part eight-hour timed exam that tests the candidate's skills in diagnosing, configuring and troubleshooting a complex data center topology. The candidate must make an initial attempt of the CCIE Lab Exam within 18-months of passing the CCIE written exam. Candidates who do not pass must reattempt the lab exam within 12 months of their last scored attempt in order for their written exam to remain valid. Candidate must pass the lab exam within three years of passing the written exam, otherwise the written exam needs to be retaken prior to retaking the lab exam.

The two parts to the eight-hour lab exam are to be taken in sequence during the day of the exam starting with Part 1, followed by Part 2 are:

  • Part 1: Diagnostic module (one hour)
  • Part 2: Configuration & Troubleshooting module (seven hours)

CCIE Data Center v2.0 End-End Program consists of in-depth technology classes covering from fundamentals to advanced level technology training and a set of technology practice exercises covering all protocols mentioned in the Cisco Data Center v2.0 blueprint. The program is aimed at helping the candidates to learn the Data Center v2.0 technologies and prepare for the CCIE lab exam.

The end-end program is to fully understand complex CCIE level technologies and immerse in intensive lab practices.

Brief Course Content Outline:

  • H/W (9k,7k, 5k, 2k)
  • Technology (VDC, vPC, FP, OTV, VXLAN, EVPN, PIM, IGMP, RP)

  • Storage
  • Storage Protocols (SCSI, Fibre Channel, iSCSI, FCoE)
  • Technology (Zoning, NPV/NPIV, Storage VDC, FCOE – FIP & FCOE, Multi-Hop Technologies)

  • UCS
  • H/W (FI 6 Series, Chassis 51038 B, 4308 M, UCS M142 Cartridge, IOM 2014, 2204, 2208 & VIC Cards)
  • Detailed Explanation of UCS GUI

  • Automation & Orchestration
  • UCS Central – Manage, Deploy, Registration, Operating, Monitoring, Administering)
  • UCS Director – Install, Configure, Manage

  • Nexus 9K in ACI Mode
  • ACI Fabric
  • Configuring the ACI controller
  • Configuring ACI L4-7 Service Integration
  • Configuring APIC Hypervisor Integration
  • Configuring ACI Connectivity to Outside Networks
  • Implementing ACI Management
  • Describing Migration Options with ACI
  • Interconnect Existing POD to Fabric
  • Migrate 5500 + FEX to 9300
  • Migrate FEX to 9300
  • Connect Existing L2 vPC from N2K-N7K to Border Leaf
  • Connect Existing L3 (Aggregation) to Border Leaf
  • What is Included?

    • Instructor Led Classroom & Live Online based training
    • An enhanced lab topology that represents a real-world network
    • 120 hours full CCIE DC v2.0 topology rack time
    • 24/7 Lab Room Access to enable to choose the desired slot time.
    • Cisco Press Student guides (Hard Copy) + Technology and CCIE Lab Workbook with solution (PDF)
    • Continuous mentoring till the lab certification is achieved
    • Free retakes of classes


    Course Duration : 40 Hours
    Our fresh batches for CCIE Data Center program start on every Monday . We also run weekday and weekend batches to ensure flexibility for our students.

    Weekday Batches Monday – Friday
    Weekend Batches Saturday & Sunday

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