Cisco Data Center Certifications: Networking and Computing
The Cisco Data Center certification track as a whole, from CCNA through CCIE, requires about as much attention to the compute features in Cisco UCS as it does for networking features. As evidence for this relative equality between coverage of networking vs. computing, consider the following:
- The CCNP Data Center certification requires that you pass four exams: You must choose two exams that focus on networking, and two that focus on computing.
- Cisco lists a percentage weight for each major section of the exam (per the list of exam topics). The weightings of the CCNP Data Center and CCIE Data Center exam topics in particular work out to roughly the same for networking topics and computing topics.
The CCNA Data Center certification focuses much more on networking. In fact, the first exam, DCICN 640-911, has no real coverage of compute or storage, whereas the DCICT exam introduces compute and storage while still covering networking (at least per the weighting information in Cisco's exam topics).