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Cert Prep Guide: How to Become a Cisco Certified Network Professional in Data Center

May 10, 2021
Chris Olsen

What is the CCNP Data Center certification?

Cisco launched the Cisco Certified Network Professional certification 20 years ago to provide further training and credentials beyond the Cisco Certified Network Associate. Then, when Cisco entered in the data center product line 12 years ago, the CCNP Data Center certification was born.

In February 2020, Cisco updated the CCNP Data Center certification to require the Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR) exam and one concentration exam.


According to Cisco:

“Achieving the CCNP Data Center certification proves your skills with data center solutions. To earn CCNP Data Center certification, you pass two exams: one that covers core data center technologies and one data center concentration exam of your choice, so you can customize your certification to your technical area of focus.”

Networking and server technology in the data center continues to advance to higher levels to achieve greater reliability, fault tolerance and uptime for all applications.

The CCNP Data Center certification demonstrates the breadth and depth of understanding and ability to effectively manage and configure a Cisco-driven data center.


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