CCNP Data Center

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CCNP Data Center

CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) Data Center Personnel are responsible for providing data center solutions to the organizations. The CCNP Data Center professionals will develop, deploy and monitor the modern data center infrastructure. They will have an in-depth understanding of the complex data center environments, policy-driven infrastructure, virtualization, automation, and orchestration.

The CCNP Data Center professionals will handle any issues related to unified computing, data center security and cloud integration. They have to oversee the installation of MST, RSTP, and port channels. The professionals will also take care of the implementation of OTV, LISP, VXLAN, and Cisco Fabric Path. They must be well-versed with multicast, routing and first-hop redundancy in DC.

The Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center experts manage the fiber channel (FC) port security, binding, domains/configuration while ensuring FCoE, FCIP, distributed device aliases, NPV, and zoning. The Data Center Certified Professional is responsible for user management, and system management. They will play an active role in deploying the Nexus system security and infrastructure monitoring. The professionals will configure UCS B-Series system and implement service profiles with the help of pooled identities and service profile templates. The CCNP Data Center professionals have to set up and deploy strict security mechanisms. They will collaborate with UCA Manager XML API and IMC Supervisor to manage/monitor domains with Central. The CCNP Data Center Professional must have good knowledge about virtualization solutions such as VDC, VRFs, Cisco Nexus 1000v & Cisco AVS. They have to identify different programmability methods and programming Nexus switches using XML, Python, and NX-API.

The professionals must integrate Cisco ACI with virtual machine manager. They offer fabric connectivity to bare-metal hosts, external L2 & L3 domains and virtual machines. The CCNP Data Center expert has a prominent role to play in the execution of application policies in intra & inter tenant scenarios. They implement Cisco AVS & micro-segmentation. The professionals maintain deployments through monitoring tools and atomic counters.

Job Description

The CCNP Data Center professional job involves taking care of Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding options and protocols. They have a proper understanding of rack design options, traffic patterns, and data center switching layer access, aggregation, and core. The professional provide solutions with the help of LISP for traffic forwarding. The CCNP Data Center expert uses Cisco OTV technology to interconnect the data centers.

The Certified Professional creates the Data Center storage network. The professional will have an in-depth knowledge of hardware redundancy options, compute, and storage. The CCNP Data Center professional knows how to converge Ethernet with FC networks and they recognize Nexus and MDS compatible products.

Job Description

The CCNP Data Center Professional should have the ability to understand basic network fundamentals and design simple LANs, such as switching and routing. The Certified Professional will troubleshoot issues related to virtualization and storage. It is Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center personnel who oversees the Data Center automation and orchestration with the focus of Cisco ACI and Cisco UCS Director.

The professional must play an active role in setting up the identity abstraction and service profile templates. They have to explain in detail about the Cisco UCS connectivity and UCS server form factors. The CCNP professional will deploy Iscsi, FCoE, Cisco UCS backups and firmware updates. It is the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center personnel who compares scripting options for Cisco UCS Manager. They will take care of the external authentication providers, key management and monitoring. The professional will execute role-based access control (RBAC).

The CCNP Data Center professional implements Cisco UCS Central and utilize it to add a Cisco UCS Manager domain, monitor resources, and develop all required pool and templates to deploy a service profile. They take care of the Cisco Integrated Management Controller (Cisco IMC) Supervisor. The professional utilize various scripting tools available with Cisco NX-OS.  It is the responsibility of the Cisco Certified Network Professional who introduces the high-level concepts and various fabric discovery parameter for Cisco ACI. They have to list Cisco ACI monitoring capabilities and develop tenant-based policies for bare metal hosts.

Educational Qualifications

Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center personnel need a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Electronics & Electrical Engineer, or related. Professionals with prior and relevant work experience are given more preference, while, candidates with a master’s degree or a certain specialization are also hire by some organizations.


Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Data Center

CCNP Data Center certification verifies professional skills needed to install, configure, and maintain data centers. Individuals gain in-depth understanding of networking concepts and technology that include storage and virtualization. Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), data center automation and orchestration, as well as, unified computing are also covered.

Salary & Job Outlook

The Indeed salary estimate states that on an average CCNP Data Center professional salary ranges from approximately $49,121 per year for Network Technician to $131,019 per year for Data Engineer. The professionals can opt for freelancing opportunities as well. Explore Freelance Marketplaces such as for good options.

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