The professionals who wish to earn a Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist certification must be able to select and integrate Cisco storage products. Specifically, their knowledge of Cisco storage products must enable them to design efficient and high-performing networking solutions. These solutions must be highly scalable and based on converged architecture.
During their daily tasks, a Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist must be able to utilize and employ all the relevant features of Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Director and Multilayer Fabric Switches, Cisco Unified Fabric, Cisco Unified Computing System, Cisco Nexus, and Cisco NX-OS. Certification candidates should be able to use these products to produce a highly available storage network.
To achieve the Cisco Data Center Storage Networking Design Specialist certification, interested professionals must pass the 642-357 Designing Cisco Storage Network Solutions exam. Each certification lasts for two years before it must be renewed. Renewal requires passing the 642-357 exam again or passing a current CCIE or CCDE exam.