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Cisco CCIE Data Center Certification

The new CCIE Data Center certification has been redesigned to leverage the skills obtained at the new CCNP level. The certification covers core technology areas and validates your end-to-end lifecycle skills in complex data center technologies , from planning and design to operating and optimizing.

To earn the CCIE Data Center certification you must complete two exams:

  • The qualifying exam, Implementing Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (350-601 DCCOR), focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure including network, compute, storage network, automation, and security. 
  • The 8-hour, hands-on lab exam, CCIE Data Center v3.0, covers the end-to-end lifecycle of complex data center infrastructure from designing and deploying to operating and optimizing 

To achieve CCIE certification, you must take and pass your lab exam within 3 years of passing your core exam.

Please note:  The below exams will not be available until 24th of February 2020
If you have already started working towards the current CCIE Data Center certification then keep going and complete if possible before the cutover.
If you pass the current CCIE Data Center v2.1 Written exam before February 24, you’ll be eligible to take the new CCIE Data Center v3.0 Lab exam after February 24, and you’ll automatically receive the Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Core certification
If you complete the entire CCIE Data Center certification before February 24, then on February 24, you’ll automatically maintain your CCIE Data Center certification, and receive the Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Core certification


There are no formal prerequisites, but ideally candidates will have five to seven years’ experience of designing, deploying, operating and optimizing data center solutions.

Optional Training:
Introducing Cisco Unified Computing System
This course can be used to prepare for the new CCNP Data Center and CCIE Data Center certification.

Required Exams and Recommended Training

Required Exams Training Courses
350-601 DCCOR Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
CCIE Data Center v3.0 Lab Exam No specific course available


Recertification is an important indicator to you and your employer that you have kept up with current technology trends and validated your skills at the rigorous level of the original certification exam. All certifications will have a three-year recertification deadline

To recertify

  • Pass any one expert-level certification exam
  • Pass any one CCIE lab exam
  • Pass any three professional concentration exams
  • Pass one technology core exam and pass any one professional concentration exam.
    (This is also a CCNP certification if done in the same track.)
  • Earn 120 Continuing Education points. The Continuing Education program will be extended to the CCNA, Specialist, CCNP, CCIE certifications – 120 Credits will be required for CCIE Level recertifications (Link to Continuing Education Page)

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