Cisco has just announced CCIE Data Center Written and Lab Exam Content Updates.Important dates for the changes are:

  • Last day to test for the v1.0 written – July 22, 2016
  • First day to test for the v2.0 written – July 25, 2016
  • Last day to test for the v1.0 lab – July 22, 2016
  • First day to test for the v2.0 lab – July 25, 2016

Key hardware changes in the v2.0 blueprint are:

  • APIC Cluster
  • Nexus 9300
  • Nexus 7000 w/ F3 Module
  • Nexus 5600
  • Nexus 2300 Fabric Extender
  • UCS 4300 M-Series Servers

Key technical topic changes in the v2.0 blueprint are:

  • EVPN
  • LISP
  • Policy Driven Fabric (ACI)

More details to come!

About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:

Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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18 Responses to “CCIE Data Center v2.0 Blueprint Announced”

  1. Maher El Zein says:

    Now the CCIE DC track became lovely and really focusing on the future data center infrastructures!

  2. ilorah says:

    cool but i hope we can get resources to study with and how is INE reacting to this??

  3. Naveed Shahzad says:

    yeah… now its more interesting to study. Although I am ccie data center but this gona add alot of knowledge in professional career.

  4. Adam says:

    Did they get rid of the limited exam retake policy with this update or are we still limited to 4 written attempts per year and a tapered lab?

    • Right now they have rolled back the retake policy. As of today (2015-11-23) the written page reads:

      Written Exam: Retakes

      Candidates who fail any CCIE or CCDE written exam must wait for a period of 15 calendar days, beginning the day after the failed attempt, before retaking the same exam.
      Effective October 1, 2015, the following policy will no longer be in effect: Candidates may attempt any CCIE or CCDE written exam up to four times per rolling calendar year. Candidates cannot retake the same written exam more than four times per rolling calendar year regardless of passing or failing the exam.
      Once a candidate passes a particular written exam, he or she may not retake that same exam for at least 180 days. (Though rare, the need to retake an exam that has already been passed might occur in certain recertification situations.)

  5. David Muench says:

    Do you know how this will affect people currently studying for CCIE DC? For example, if I was planning to take the written test mid spring I’d take the 1.0 written, but take the lab later in the year (which would be 2.0), does that still result in a valid CCIE DC certification?

  6. ilorah says:

    hello Brian,
    for me that my Data center studies is just starting, its obvious that i will be in v2 of DC, how will you recommend we proceed, just keep studying and sit for v2 written and which additional material would you recommend as added resource

    • Most of the topics remain the same, so I would continue on your current study path. When it gets closer to the v2 release date we’ll be posting the new content incrementally. You still have 8 months before they change to the v2 written and lab though. You can take the v1 written and then the v2 lab also.

  7. Martin Greyling says:

    Hi Brian,

    Just a question, do guys perhaps have v2.0 checklist that we can use to start preparing. I feel they are very vague with the Blueprint.

    For example in v2.0 they say this;

    1.1.a Design, Implement and Troubleshoot Highly Available and redundant topologies for example vPC, fabricpath, STP

    Now the word “for example” makes me nervous because they leave it very open ended. If they list vPC, Fabricpath & STP can I focus and work on those 3 or is there other technologies that they can throw into the mix?


    • Even if they listed the topics specifically, there’s still wording that says “other relevant topics may appear”. In general they follow the blueprint fairly closely. There’s no major topic domain that I’ve ever had a student come back to me and say they got it in the exam and it wasn’t covered in our videos, workbooks, and bootcamps.

  8. Denise says:

    Hello Brian I would like to know if theres any Lab practice for ACI ?

  9. Karim says:

    hello Brian,

    When the materials for versiion 2 will be avaliable ?

    thank you

  10. Julius says:

    Hello Brian! Any updates on v2.0? Do we expect any new videos/modules from INE any time soon? Thanks.


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