Saturday, December 2, 2023

Up, Up, and Away to the Clouds: Cisco Multicloud Specialist Certifications


Is it a hen? Is it a aircraft? No, it’s the newest certifications from Cisco Studying and Certifications! That’s proper, I’m satisfied to percentage some main points at the 3 latest Cisco Specialist certifications with you all. And all 3 relate to that matter that remains to be at the minds of each and every engineer, IT chief, and corporate—the CLOUD!

Each hero merits an beginning tale…

Cloud is obviously a very powerful matter for us all within the IT global nowadays, and we knew that cloud-related certifications belonged within the Studying and Certifications portfolio of tech profession certifications.  However we would have liked to do them proper.

Sign up for me on a brief little shuttle again in time, if you’re going to.

It used to be June 2022, and I used to be in Las Vegas for Cisco Reside.  It used to be a very good match, after all, nevertheless it used to be additionally the primary time in a very long time that we’d been ready to get in combination as a Studying and Certifications staff in particular person.  One night as a staff dinner used to be completing up, I discovered myself sitting with Par Merat, VP of Studying and Certifications, and Joe Clarke, Outstanding Engineer extraordinaire for Studying and Certification.

We began speaking about what will have to come subsequent for certifications from Cisco (a subject matter that we discuss so much.. certs don’t stand nonetheless), and Cloud, after all, got here up.  After brainstorming some concepts, a theme began to shape.  We needed to ensure any new cloud certification centered sides of the cloud that Cisco and Cisco Qualified engineers had vital roles to play. We additionally learned {that a} unmarried all-encompassing “Cisco Cloud Certification” wasn’t sensible.  Cloud is simply too giant and vast a subject matter. The theory of use case centered concentrations got here up, a certification that at once aligned to the sorts of initiatives that our neighborhood used to be being requested to do each day.

For instance, I introduced up one thing I’d heard such a lot of community engineers discuss operating on for his or her corporations.  They have been being requested to attach their company community WANs to the general public cloud networks in some way that presented consistency in design, engineering, and operations.  They had to combine the cloud networks into the company networks and didn’t simply need to “bolt it on.” So I floated an concept for a “Protected Cloud Connectivity” certification that targeted in this drawback and the Cisco generation and answers that would lend a hand remedy this drawback nowadays.

The theory resonated, and it in the end turned into “Designing and Enforcing Cloud Connectivity,” the primary of the 3 Multi-Cloud Certifications that got here out of this idea.

Convey out the certs!!!!

This brings us again to nowadays, and I’m so pleased with the method we took for those certifications and the 3 new Skilled-level specializations that we’ve launched.

ENCC Exam Topics

The primary one introduced used to be the already presented “Designing and Enforcing Cloud Connectivity” certification.  This certification is a part of the Endeavor Skilled monitor and covers the structure, generation, and operation of the safe community interconnections between private and non-private clouds the use of Cisco applied sciences.  What’s truly thrilling to me about this certification is that it acknowledges that there are a number of imaginable techniques to construct community bridges between clouds and that community engineers will have to stability the industry and technical necessities in their endeavor when comparing and settling on what is correct for a undertaking.

In case you are an endeavor community skilled managing the connections to the general public cloud, it is a certification you will have to indisputably take a look at.  The primary date to check is September twentieth, 2023 – which is sort of right here!  As a focus examination within the Endeavor monitor, it may be mixed with a move at the “Enforcing Cisco Endeavor Community Core Applied sciences” (ENCOR) examination to earn your CCNP Endeavor certification.

The second one new cloud certification is “Designing and Enforcing Protected Cloud Get right of entry to for Customers and Endpoints” which lives within the Safety Skilled monitor and has what may well be the good sounding acronym of all of our certifications, “SCATZ”. With SCATZ, we would have liked to focus on the alternate in how enterprises are offering customers get admission to to programs and information.

SCATZ Exam Topics

Once I first began at Cisco about 13 years in the past, just about each and every utility, inner web page, wiki, information percentage, or software I had to do my task required that I identify a VPN into Cisco’s community.  This used to be to make sure that handiest licensed customers accessed the necessary techniques inside of Cisco’s company community.  These days that isn’t the case.  There are only a few occasions that I’ve to open up AnyConnect and connect with Cisco’s VPN community anymore.  That doesn’t imply that Cisco isn’t frightened about safety, fairly the other, Cisco is hyper-aware of safety.  However we also are very interested in consumer enjoy and making techniques simply and constantly to be had.  With updates in our safety portfolio from Duo, Umbrella, Firepower, and Protected Analytics, we will be able to now supply constant and efficient safety to Cisco’s international and really hybrid body of workers with out forcing each and every folks to be tethered to a VPN connection all the time.

The SCATZ focus examination evaluates safety pros’ talent to design and put into effect these kinds of answers for their very own enterprises.  It’s an out of this world addition to the protection focus choices for applicants having a look to earn their CCNP Safety after passing the “Enforcing and Running Cisco Safety Core Applied sciences” (SCOR) examination.  The primary date to take a seat for SCATZ is November 20, 2023.

The remaining of the 3 cloud certifications is “Designing and Enforcing Cisco Provider Supplier Cloud Community Infrastructure” as a result of as cool as it’s to devour cloud products and services, any person nonetheless has to construct it.  In spite of everything, the most productive definition of “the cloud” is “any person else’s laptop”.  Whilst this certification is within the Provider Supplier Skilled monitor, I believe it’s price a glance by way of any endeavor or information middle skilled construction non-public cloud as neatly.  It explores the entire virtualization, automation, and construction infrastructure at scale subjects which can be key to providing tough, on-demand cloud products and services to satisfy the ever-increasing consumer expectancies.  It’s also complete of a few very cool community applied sciences that make me need to fan the flames of Cisco Modeling Labs and get started labing to arrange to take the examination.  And I’ve nonetheless were given time to arrange, the primary date to check for this certification isn’t till January 20, 2024.

SPCNI Exam Topics

What about coaching?

What would a Cisco certification be with out coaching categories and fabrics to lend a hand applicants get ready?  Neatly, it more than likely wouldn’t be a Cisco certification in any respect.  🙂

Our coaching content material building staff has been exhausting at paintings construction new Cisco U Studying Paths and Teacher Lead coaching lessons to lend a hand applicants be told all the bits and bobs of those thrilling cloud use circumstances and get able to take and move those new checks.  Those coaching categories will come with the similar top of the range hands-on lab enjoy that you just’ve come to be expecting from legit Cisco Studying content material. Simply get a take a look at this topology that shall be a part of the “Designing and Enforcing Cloud Connectivity” route.

ENCC Course Topology

The categories are in building now, so keep tuned for main points on once they’ll be to be had to Cisco U subscribers to dive into.  And indisputably ask your favourite Cisco Studying Spouse once they plan to start out providing the brand new categories.  Even with the supply of such a lot on-demand technical coaching content material, I nonetheless love the chance to paintings with a professional teacher and find out how one thing works.  The non-scripted portions of the educational and having the ability to ask questions and dive down some technical threads at school are so precious.

Neatly, that’s about it for now.  I am hoping you might be as interested by those new cloud certifications as we’re.  Which one are you interested by taking first?  Are you already finding out and need to be one of the vital first to earn the brand new specialization?  Let me know within the feedback!


Examination matter blueprints

Designing and Enforcing Cloud Connectivity v1.0 (ENCC 300-440)

Designing and Enforcing Protected Cloud Get right of entry to for Customers and Endpoints v1.0 (SCAZT 300-740)

Designing and Enforcing Cisco Provider Supplier Cloud Community Infrastructure (SPCNI 300-540)

Group areas

Endeavor Networking Certifications Group

Safety Certifications Group

Advised finding out fabrics that toughen the examination subjects

Protected Cloud Analytics

Protected Community Analytics

Cisco U. coaching assets

Working out Cisco Hybrid Cloud Basics (CLDHCF 1.0)

Foundations of Cloud Products and services and Cloud Computing


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