Cisco Updates CCDA Certification

Cisco has updated its Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA) associate-level design certification curriculum. The new Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) curriculum emphasizes the converged enterprise network model to facilitate preparing, planning, implementing, operating and optimizing networks. Additional updates include case studies and presentation of services virtualization based on the service-oriented network architecture (SONA).

The new curriculum incorporates the products, technologies and services, and it teaches skills required to design routed and switched network infrastructures and services.

The recommended course prerequisite is CCNA-level knowledge, with additional recommended knowledge as taught in the Building Cisco Multilayer Switched Networks (BCMSN) course. The new DESGN 640-863 exam is required to achieve the CCDA certification.

The updated CCDA was made available Feb. 27. The old version will remain available for 135 days after that.

Roger Beatty, Learning@Cisco Group senior manager of content development, said this update represents a significant change for CCDA.

“We’re emphasizing the movement of application-level intelligence from devices on the network, hosts, servers and applications running on servers into the network itself,” Beatty said. “We’re de-emphasizing the role of the network as the mere movement of bits and bytes from location to location and trying to demonstrate from a design perspective how intelligence in today’s networks is really incorporated and built into the network itself.”

By intelligence, Beatty said he meant tasks such as content caching, server optimization and application level security. He also said Cisco feels this update is what the market…



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