The CCIE came as a sheen turn on the way of real internet technology.The CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is a technical certification offered by Cisco Systems that is most prestigious networking certification in the industry and accepted across the world. The CCIE certification was introduced on 27th September, 1993 to assist the industry in separating the top echelon of internetworking experts all over the world. There are few people who perhaps know that:
• The very first CCIE number was 1024; the number was not started by 1 and was assigned to the testing lab.
• Stuart Biggs (CCIE# 1025) designed the lab who took the first test of CCIE.
• Terry Slatterly was the first non-Cisco employee who achieved the CCIE certification with CCIE# 1026.
CCIE certification demonstrates an exclusive set of skills in the field of networking. As of December 1, 2011, there were only 32,300 CCIEs in the world and today in average the holders of CCIE certification represent less than 3% of all certified Cisco Professionals and 1% of networking professionals all over India.
The CCIE certification has brought up a great revolution in the area of networking for the candidate who wants to pursue their future in the same. The holders of CCIE certification are the networking engineers known for their expert network engineering skills and mastery over Cisco products and solutions. This certification has manifested a great reputation in the networking industry and elaborates the technical networking knowledge and skills in depth. This certification program continually updates its testing tools and methodologies and revises with the time to ascertain unique program quality and relevance.
Having a quality standard this certification validates the ability of the networking engineers to plan, operate and troubleshoot complex and converged network infrastructures on wide range of Cisco equipments. This certification makes the followers able to stand out from the crowd. There are two general requirements to achieve this certification. The first one is the stringent written exam and second is the performance based lab exam.
This program is consists of seven different “tracks” in which one becomes certified ascertains the various aspects of networking technology that one is known as being an expert in. The CCIE certification tracks are: Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider, Storage Networking, Voice, Wireless and Design. The holder any certification in the specific track of CCIE program is having the expertise in the specific field of that track.
The CCIE is very expensive program and it takes at least eight to twelve months to clear the training and certification. Hence, CCIE is a difficult exam to achieve but the advantage is CCIE certified people get the high profile jobs with great salary package due to their shortage and high demand in the industry and for the extensive knowledge they acquire through this program. The CCIE training and certification provide an air of authority to the IT professionals that not only point out their technical virtuosity but also shows their dedication that very few can claim.