CCIE Storage Networking Certification Retirement

Effective February 5, 2013, Cisco has announced the imminent retirement of the Cisco CCIE® Storage Networking certification. The details are as follows:

The CCIE Storage Networking certification is made up of two exams: the written exam and the lab exam. The last date to test for the written exam is April 30, 2013. As of May 1, 2013, no written exams will be offered for the CCIE Storage Networking certification. The last date to test for the lab exam is June 30, 2013. As of July 1, 2013, no lab exams will be offered for the CCIE Storage Networking certification.

As of July 1, 2013, candidates pursuing a CCIE Storage Networking certification who have passed their written test but not successfully passed the lab exam should consider the CCIE Data Center certification or a Data Center Specialist certification.

The CCIE Storage Networking certification is being retired because of its increasingly narrow focus within IT networking and the broader scope now available with the Data Center training and certification programs. While the job roles of professionals working in the storage networking area remain important for a company’s success, Cisco is concentrating its focus on the broader solutions that exist for the data center as a whole.

The CCIE Data Center certification most closely reflects the expert-level skills required to plan, prepare, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot today’s complex data center networks. The program also provides the opportunity for candidates to become familiar with the most recent technologies of integrated virtualization and automation in the network.

Cisco is committed to providing training that provides practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to the most current job roles. The Cisco CCIE Data Center certification and the Data Center Specialist certifications are available to candidates now.

Last Day to Test Exam
April 30, 2013 350-040 CCIE Storage Networking written exam
June 30, 2013 CCIE Storage Networking lab exam

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