Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist is one of several specialist certifications offered exclusively by Cisco that validates knowledge of Data Center solutions. This specific certification is designed for individuals that have obtained a CCDA or CCIE certification and that have experience working with Data Center products in the design of networking infrastructure and solutions based on the DC business advantage architecture.
Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches Service Modules and Nexus software (2000, 4000, 5000 and 7000) will be covered specifically on the 642-991Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabrics exam, which is the requirement for this certification. To succeed in this certification track, participants must be able to design core components of the business advantage infrastructure, including distribution and access layers, application services and security considerations. The test will require these skills, but the potential jobs that go along with this certification will put these skills to work on a daily basis.
The training available for the Cisco Data Center Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist certification corresponds with the test that must be passed. No training is required, but it is designed to work well with the experience you already have, to create a strong skill set and knowledge database. Recertification is required with Cisco; fortunately, they present certification holders with options that must be considered every two years.