PREVIEWING UPCOMING CHANGES TO CCIE WRITTEN EXAMS

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PREVIEWING UPCOMING CHANGES TO CCIE WRITTEN EXAMS

Just like everything in life and business (and even relationships!), if its not growing it’s dying! Cisco CCIE has not lost the luster over the decades primarily because Cisco has evolved the program with times, believe it or not earlier versions of CCIE Lab included ATM, Frame Relay and plethora of technologies and protocols that are in the proverbial computer history museum now!

A few months ago, Cisco announced changes to all major CCIE tracks adding and removing some of the topics to keep them relevant to changing business and technology environments. Let me summarize the changes that are worth noting here.

CCIE Routing and Switching, Security and Service Provider Tracks

Starting July 2016, R&S, Security and SP test takers will be tested against a new set of topics, namely:

  • SDN (network programmability), Network Function Virtualization (network elements running on COTS x86 commodity hardware)
  • Cloud (cloud deployment models, cloud security etc.)
  • Internet of Things (IoT), which includes M2M architecture, security and scale

Every networker needs to be pay attention to these topics since customer conversations are quickly shifting from vertically integrated vendor-locked systems to open and standard based software platforms that will run on commodity x86 servers. All major networking vendors are preparing for this massive transition from systems to software, it is a make or break call for them. Likewise, service provider customers need to transition their networks to more agile, open and standardized software-based environments (if this piques your interest, I’d strongly recommend to read up on ATT’s Domain 2.0 white paper published here).

CCIE Data Center Track

CCIE DC track is slated to undergo massive change come July. Let me summarize the major changes here.

CCIE Written Exams

(Source: Cisco)

Some of the major changes are:

  • ACI/APIC Controller
  • Nexus 9K
  • Newer UCS systems and blades/cards

For more details on these changes, please refer to Cisco’s official CCIE page here. If you have a question, please tweet us.


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