The Cisco Data Center Application Services Design Specialist certification is a unique track of Cisco certification that requires a single test to earn: the 642-972 Designing Cisco Data Center Application Services exam. It covers the exact information that a design specialist working with Cisco Data Center will need to know to prove successful on the job.
Although training is available, it is a necessity that all participants come into this certification track with previous work experience. Knowledge of solution and infrastructure design and implementation using Data Center Application Services products such as the Cisco Application Control Engine Services Module and Appliance, Global Site Selector and Network Manager is required.
With a specialist certification, participants will have the opportunity to create high performance designs. It's an extremely cost efficient, low maintenance, beneficial certification to earn, as any CCDA or CCIE certification can serve as a prerequisite. Recertification, needed every two years, can easily be done by passing a current, updated exam. For an individual who has worked with Data Center, applications, design, or all of the above, this certification can be advantageous in the job field.