CCIE Datacenter

Introducing the new CCIE Data Center certification
New exams go live on February 24, 2020

  • The new CCIE Data Center certification program prepares you for today’s expert-level job roles in data center technologies.
  • CCIE Data Center now includes increased focus on automation and programmability to help you streamline your data center deployment and operations.
  • One of the industry’s most respected certifications, CCIE distinguishes you as a technical leader.

To earn CCIE Data Center, you pass two exams: a qualifying exam and hands-on lab exam:
Step 1: Pass the qualifying exam

  • Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR 350-601)
  • The qualifying exam, Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies, focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.
  • The qualifying exam earns a specialist certification, so you can get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.
  • Recommended training: Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)

Step 2: Pass the lab exam

  • CCIE Data Center v3.0
  • This 8-hour hands-on lab exam covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex data center networks, from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing.


Currently we are offering the below Courses in Video Trainings. You can also find some sample Videos at our YouTube Channel.

 Exam Description

  • The Cisco CCIE Data Center (v3.0) Practical Exam is an eight-hour, hands-on exam that requires a candidate to plan, design, deploy, operate, and optimize complex Data Center networks.
  • Candidates are expected to program and automate the network within their exam, as per exam topics below.
  • The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam.
  • Your knowledge, skills and abilities on these topics will be tested throughout the entire network lifecycle, unless explicitly specified otherwise within this document.
  • The exam is closed book and no outside reference materials are allowed.

Course Content
1.0 Data Center L2/L3 Connectivity               20%
1.1 Layer 2 technologies

  • 1.1.a Link Aggregation
    • 1.1.a i vPC
    • 1.1.a ii PortChannel
  • 1.1.b Tagging/Trunking
  • 1.1.c Static Path binding
  • 1.1.d Spanning Tree Protocol
    • 1.1.d i PVST
    • 1.1.d ii MST

1.2 Routing Protocols and features

  • 1.2.a OSPF (v2 and v3)
    • 1.2.a i Authentication
    • 1.2.a ii Adjacencies
    • 1.2.a iii Network types and Area Types
    • 1.2.a iv LSA Types
    • 1.2.a v Route Aggregation/Summarization
    • 1.2.a vi Route Redistribution
  • 1.2.b ISIS
    • 1.2.b i Adjacencies
    • 1.2.b.i.1. Single area, single topology
    • 1.2.b ii Network types, Levels and Router types      
    • 1.2.b.ii.1. NSAP addressing
    • 1.2.b.ii.2. Point-to-point, broadcast
  • 1.2.c BGP
    • 1.2.c i Path Selection
    • 1.2.c ii External and Internal Peering
    • 1.2.c iii Route reflectors and Route Server
    • 1.2.c iv Peer Templates
    • 1.2.c v Multi-Hop EBGP
    • 1.2.c vi Route Aggregation/Summarization
    • 1.2.c vii Route Redistribution
  • 1.2.d BFD
  • 1.2.e FHRP

1.3 Multicast protocols

  • 1.3.a PIM
    • 1.3.a i Sparse Mode
    • 1.3.a ii BiDir
    • 1.3.a iii Static RP, BSR, AutoRP, PhantomRP
    • 1.3.a iv IPv4 PIM Anycast
    • 1.3.a v IPv4 Anycast RP using MSDP
  • 1.3.b IGMP
    • 1.3.b i IGMPv2, IGMPv3
    • 1.3.b ii IGMP Snooping
    • 1.3.b iii IGMP Querier

2.0 Data Center Fabric Infrastructure 15%
2.1 Physical fabric components

  • 2.1.a Fabric Discovery
  • 2.1.b Controllers/Network Managers
  • 2.1.c Switches

2.2 Fabric policies

  • 2.2.a Access Policies
  • 2.2.b Multi Tenancy
  • 2.2.c Monitoring Policies

2.3 Tenant Policies

  • 2.3.a Application profiles and EPGs
  • 2.3.b Networking
  • 2.3.c Security

2.4 Fabric Monitoring

  • 2.4.a Faults
  • 2.4.b Events
  • 2.4.c Health indicators
  • 2.4.d Audit Logs

2.5 Virtual Networking

  • 2.5.a vSphere VDS

3.0 Data Center Fabric Connectivity 15%
3.1 VRF lite
3.2 L3Out

  • 3.2.a OSPF
    • 3.2.a i Authentication
    • 3.2.a ii Adjacencies
    • 3.2.a iii Network types and Area Types
    • 3.2.a iv Route Redistribution
  • 3.2.b BGP
    • 3.2.b i AS manipulation
    • 3.2.b ii External and Internal Peering
    • 3.2.b iii Route reflectors
    • 3.2.b iv Route Redistribution
  • 3.2.c Transit Routing

3.3 Inter Fabric connectivity

  • 3.3.a Multi-Pod
  • 3.3.b Multi-Site
  • 3.3.c Virtual POD
  • 3.3.d remote Leaf

3.4 Overlays

  • 3.4.a VXLAN EVPN


4.0 Data Center Compute 15%
4.1 Compute Resources

  • 4.1.a UCSM Policies, Profiles and Templates
  • 4.1.b Hyperflex

4.2 Compute Connectivity

  • 4.2.a SAN/LAN uplinks
  • 4.2.b Rack server integration
  • 4.2.c Port Modes

5.0 Data Center Storage Protocols and Features                              10%
5.1 FC and FCoE

  • 5.1.a Zoning
  • 5.1.b NPV/NPIV
  • 5.1.c Trunking
  • 5.1.d Portchannel
  • 5.1.e Load Balancing

5.2 iSCSI

  • 5.2.a Authentication
  • 5.2.b Multipathing

5.3 RoCE v2 over IP Networks         
6.0 Data Center Security and Network Services                                 10%
6.1 Security features

  • 6.1.a ACL's
  • 6.1.b First Hop Security
  • 6.1.c Port security
  • 6.1.d Private VLANs
  • 6.1.e Contracts

6.2 RBAC

  • 6.2.a Radius
  • 6.2.b TACACS+
  • 6.2.c LDAP
  • 6.2.d AAA

6.3 Network Services Insertion and Redirection

  • 6.3.a Policy Based Routing
  • 6.3.b Policy Based Redirection
  • 6.3.c Inter VRF communication
  • 6.3.d Route Targets
  • 6.3.e Prefix Lists

6.4 Services

  • 6.4.a Flow/Telemetry Export
  • 6.4.b SPAN
  • 6.4.c SNMP
  • 6.4.d Syslog
  • 6.4.e DHCP

6.4.f NTP/PTP
6.5 Traffic management

  • 6.5.a Queueing
  • 6.5.b Policing
  • 6.5.c Classification/Marking
  • 6.5.d Scheduling
  • 6.5.e CoPP

7.0 Data Center Automation and Orchestration  15%
7.1 Data center tasks using scripts (Python and Ansible)

  • 7.1.a Create, Read, Update, Delete using RESTful APIs
  • 7.1.b Deploy and modify configurations
  • 7.1.c Statistics, Data Collection

7.2 Data Center Automation and Orchestration using tools

  • 7.2.a DCNM
  • 7.2.b UCSD
    • 7.2.b i Tasks
    • 7.2.b ii Workflows
    • 7.2.b iii Catalog
  • 7.2.c Intersight
  • 7.2.d CloudCenter Suite
    • 7.2.d i Applications
    • 7.2.d ii Deployments
    • 7.2.d iii Action Orchest