Certificate for Pairing with Cisco CCNA Data Center
Local data centers have undergone a major transformation over the past decade. They are on their way down. analysis even predicts that the number of data centers will decrease by 50 percent by 2021 and disappear by 2025. Even if you are not worried about data centers disappearing, it is a time of significant change in IT, and that is not a bad thing - as long as you are ready. It is always wise to develop several skills. That is why we are looking at the best certifications to supplement your CCNA Data Center certification.
CCNA Routing and Switching
The basics of networking are universal for every IT position. For that reason, we are pretty sure that networking is not going anywhere. If you look closely at the Cisco 200-150 DCICN exam, the first exam in the CCNA Data Center series, it is similar to ICND1.
IT professionals who serve CCNA R&S work with a different class than you found in data centers, but they work according to the same principles.
If routing and switching are the plan, you should start with the association level CCNA Routing and switching. Our Cisco CCENT / CCNA 100-105 ICND1 and Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-105 ICND2 courses help you prepare for the CCNA exam.
We are aware that you have limited time and resources to spend on certifications, but you may want to move on to professional level Cisco CCNP Routing and Switching certification.
Our CCNP R&S 300-115 SWITCH, 300-101 ROUTE and 300-135 TSHOOT courses will teach you the skills to change, direct, and troubleshoot what you need to prepare for the CCNP exam
VMware Certified Professional – Network Virtualization
You will be hard pressed to find a data center job that involves no virtualization. Cisco has a leading market position in network hardware for the data center. However, it has struggled to expand that position for its ACI software-defined network product. As an alternative to ACI, some companies choose to use VMware's virtual NSX networking software.
VMware provides a VMware Certified Professional (VCP) option to complement your Cisco data center data - VCP - Network Virtualization (VCP-NV), which covers VMware NSX software. If you already have a Cisco CCNA or CCNP certification, you can qualify for VCP-NV by passing either the vSphere 6 or vSphere 6.5 Foundation exam and then the VMware Certified Professional 6 - Network Virtualization exam.
Prepare for the vSphere 6.5 Foundations exam by taking our VMware vSphere 6.5 (VCP6.5-DCV) with 6.7 update course, led by Keith Barker and Jacob Moran
Any Cloud Certification
This category is less a backup as an apparent necessity - cloud certifications (any of them). These are valuable in themselves, and they are a perfect match with the CCNA Data Center. Even certificate-level certifications, such as AWS Certified Solutions Architect, when paired with any CCNA, put you in the top position for advancement, if data centers stick. Otherwise, you are well positioned to jump into a cloud role.
Check out CBitss Technologies institute of Cloud computing and CCNA training in Chandigarh courses to prepare you for taking various CCNA and cloud certification exams.
CCNP Data Center
The final certification to be associated with a CCNA data center is the CCNP data center. This certification is a step up from, rather than a complement to, CCNA Data Center certification. It may seem contrary to the requirement to double the certification of data centers. It is also important to keep time frames in perspective. Seven years in IT. That's almost a quarter of the typical career. IT is changing rapidly.
If you have the time and energy to invest in acquiring additional information, consider following the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Data Center badge.
How to make the right choice
When choosing certifications to build on your Cisco data center, you need to consider your own personal and professional situations. These certifications represent good practical choices - balancing time, investment and probable job opportunities in your area.
In this article we make a case for both. Enter your current career field. But keep your options open with multiple skills, especially basic networking skills - and as much as you can learn about new technologies.