Cisco announced major CCIE updates at their Cisco Live on 10th June ’19, especially in their CCNA and CCIE certification tracks.CCNA certifications are designed to be held by people working in the associate level IT roles and even used by professionals who seek an entry-level position in the networking job profiles.
CCIE updates were reckoning as well since Cisco has removed tracks and made alterations in the exam patterns as well. Further, before moving ahead, let us understand first what is a CCIE certified professional. Many of the course takers believe to take the Cisco Certification before the changes. Thus, if you wish to have it, you could, but you will have to go through lots and lots of study, but worry not, Courses, which are being offered at the SPOTO Club, would help you out in your study process.
WHY THE UPDATES?
CCIE professionals are often the leading team in any business technology infrastructure. With rapidly changing technology horizon; the professionals must develop at the same pace. Over the last few years, Networking Programmability and Automation have seen a significant rise in the business usage; hence Cisco has been trying to frame a training course that could gratify this need along with new hardware technology. The release of new training updates and change in the direction is being seen as a significant step in this path and also to speed up technology innovation in phase with business development.
As per the new announcement, the new CCIE tracks will be available from February 2020. At Cisco Live event, the leaders announced the new certification track of Cisco DevNet, which established the professional’s expertise in network automation and programmability. However, the Cisco Certified DevNet Expert track hasn’t been officially yet.
Cisco Removed the CCIE Routing & Switching certification, replacing it with CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure certification track. The course severely focuses on wired networking technology. No CCIE path for Cloud technology has been put forth or announced yet. Summing up the Previous CCIE tracks available before 24th Feb 2020 were:
CCIE Routing and Switching v5.0
CCIE Security v5.0
CCIE Collaboration v2.0
CCIE Data Center v2.1
CCIE Service Provider v5.0
CCIE Wireless v3.1
After the announcement, new available tracks would be:
CCIE Enterprise Infrastructure v1.0 (focuses on wired networks)
CCIE Security v6.0
CCIE Collaboration v3.0
CCIE Data Center v3.0
CCIE Service Provider v5.0
CCIE Enterprise Wireless v1.0
CCIE DevNet Expert (Planned, but not announced yet)
No major changes have been made to the CCDE or CCAr certifications.
If you are a candidate preparing for CCIE day in and day out, incorporating Network Programmability and Automation can undoubtedly come in handy, as these topics have been added in the new updates for CCIE preparation.
Previously candidates preparing for CCIE certification had to:
Clear a written exam for the respective CCIE track
Clear the 8 – hour lab exam for the same path - Initial attempt would have to be made within the next 18 month.
However, with new announcements, new candidates will have to take a core exam, similar to that to be taken by a CCNP professional pursuing the same track of technology. Lab exams have been defined into two categories:
3 hour | Design Lab exam
5 hour | Deploying, Operating and Optimizing Lab exam
Cisco has put forth a single-core exam for CCNP and CCIE professionals under the name of Specialist track. Hence professionals pursuing CCIE will take 1 core written exam in addition to the lab assessment.
Once the candidate has cleared the Core Technology Exam, he gains the title of being a Cisco Specialist. Previously when a candidate cleared his written CCIE exam, no certificate or recognition was provided.
So, if you wish to have the Cisco Certification, do join the SPOTO Club, to increase your chances of passing and also to ease up your study process.
More you may be interested: