350-601 Implementing Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
Certifications: CCNP Data Center, CCIE Data Center, Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Core
Duration: 120 minutes
This test tests your knowledge of implementing core data center technologies, including:
- Storage network
The Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies v1.0 (DCCOR 350-601) test is a 120-minute test associated with the CCNP Data Center, Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Core, and CCIE Data Center certifications. This test tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing core data center technologies including network, compute, storage network, automation, and security. The course, Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies, helps candidates to prepare for this exam.
25% 1.0 Network
1.1 Apply routing protocols
1.1.a OSPFv2, OSPFv3
1.2 Apply switching protocols such as RSTP+, LACP and vPC
1.3 Apply overlay protocols such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
1.4 Apply ACI concepts
1.4.a Fabric setup
1.4.b Access policies
1.4.d Tenant policies
1.5 Analyze packet flow (unicast, multicast, and broadcast)
1.6 Analyze Cloud service and deployment models (NIST 800-145)
1.7 Describe software updates and their impacts
1.7.a Disruptive / nondisruptive
1.8 Implement network configuration management
1.9 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as NetFlow and SPAN
1.10 Explain network assurance concepts such as streaming telemetry
25% 2.0 Compute
2.1 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Rack Servers
2.2 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Blade Chassis
2.2.a Initial setup
2.2.b Infrastructure management
2.2.c Network management (VLANs, pools and policies, templates, QoS)
2.2.d Storage management (SAN connectivity, Fibre Channel zoning, VSANs, WWN pools, SAN policies, templates)
2.2.e Server management (Server pools and boot policies)
2.3 Explain HyperFlex Infrastructure Concepts and benefits (Edge and Hybrid Architecture vs all-flash)
2.4 Describe firmware and software updates and their impacts on B-Series and C-Series servers
2.5 Implement compute configuration management (Backup and restore)
2.6 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as SPAN and Intersight
20% 3.0 Storage Network
3.1 Implement Fibre Channel
3.1.a Switch fabric initialization
3.1.b Port channels
3.1.g Device alias
3.1.h NPV and NPIV
3.2 Implement FCoE Unified Fabric (FIP and DCB)
3.3 Describe NFS and NAS concepts
3.4 Describe software updates and their impacts (Disruptive/nondisruptive and EPLD)
3.5 Implement infrastructure monitoring
15% 4.0 Automation
4.1 Implement automation and scripting tools
4.1.c Bash Shell and Guest Shell for NX-OS
4.1.d REST API
4.1.e JSON and XML encodings
4.2 Evaluate automation and orchestration technologies
15% 5.0 Security
5.1 Apply network security
5.1.a AAA and RBAC
5.1.b ACI contracts and microsegmentation
5.1.c First-hop security features such as dynamic ARP inspection (DAI), DHCP snooping, and port security
5.2 Apply compute security
5.2.a AAA and RBAC
5.2.b Keychain authentication
5.3 Apply storage security
5.3.a AAA and RBAC
5.3.b Port security
5.3.c Fabric binding
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Implementing Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
https://killexams.com/pass4sure/exam-detail/350-601 Question: 73
The Cisco Nexus switch Generic Online Diagnostics policy for a PortLoopback test requires 10 consecutive failures to error disable the port. The customer wants to change it to 5 consecutive failures.
Which configuration applies the changes for module 1 only?
A. Option A
B. Option B
C. Option C
D. Option D Answer: D
ďmod allĒ is incorrect. ďmod 1testĒ is incorrect. ďpublish eventĒ is incorrect.
ďmod 1 testĒ is correct. It is with ďpolicy-defaultĒ.
https://www.ciscolive.com/c/dam/r/ciscolive/us/docs/2017/pdf/BRKDCN-3234.pdf Question: 74
An engineer is configuring a backup operation on the existing Cisco UCS environment using a logical configuration.
Which configuration is expected to be saved by using this backup type?
C. service profiles
D. servers Answer: C
https://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/sw/gui/config/guide/141/UCSM_GUI_Configuration_Guide_141_chapter43.html Question: 75
A Cisco UCS C-Series server is installed at a data center. The server should be managed by the Cisco UCS Manager by using a single cable for management and data traffic.
Which configuration should be applied after the Physical connection is established?
A. UCS-A# scope server 1
UCS-A /server# scope cimc
UCS-A /server/cimc # scope mgmt-conn sideband
UCS-A /server/cimc # mgmt-conn-state enabled
UCS-A /server/cimc/mgmt-conn* # commit-buffer
B. UCS-A# scope chassis 1
UCS-A /chassis# scope cimc
UCS-A /chassis/cimc # scope mgmt-conn sideband
UCS-A /chassis/cimc/mgmt-conn # mgmt-conn-state enabled
UCS-A /chassis/cimc/mgmt-conn* # commit-buffer
C. UCS-A# scope chassis 1
UCS-A /chassis# scope cimc
UCS-A /chassis /cimc # set mgmt-conn-state enabled
UCS-A /chassis /cimc/mgmt-conn* # commit-buffer
D. UCS-A# scope server 1
UCS-A /server# scope cimc
UCS-A /server/cimc # scope mgmt-conn sideband
UCS-A /server/cimc/mgmt-conn #set mgmt-conn-state enabled
UCS-A /server/cimc/mgmt-conn* # commit-buffer Answer: D
UCS-A# scope server 1
UCS-A /server # scope cimc
UCS-A /server/cimc # scope mgm
UCS-A /server/cimc # scope mgmt-conn
UCS-A /server/cimc # scope mgmt-conn sideband
UCS-A /server/cimc/mgmt-conn # set mgmt-conn-state enabled
UCS-A /server/cimc/mgmt-conn* # commit-buffer
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/unified_computing/ucs/c-series_integration/ucsm3-1/b_C-Series-Integration_UCSM3-1/b_C-Series-Integration_UCSM3-1_chapter_010.html Question: 76
The Cisco Nexus 5600 Series Switch experiences occasional packet drops on interface ethernet 1/16. An engineer wants to implement a SPAN session to investigate the issue further. The network
analyzer to which the packets must be directed is located on interface 1/3. The analyzer is limited on disk space available for traffic capture, so the Nexus switch should send only the relevant data.
Which two command sets configure the SPAN session that meets these requirements? (Choose two.)
A. Option A
B. Option B
C. Option C
D. Option D
E. Option E Answer: A,E
The information to be sent is regarding dropped packets only. Question: 77
An engineer performs a set of configuration changes for the vPC domain using Session Manager.
Which two commands are used to verify the configuration and apply the device changes when no errors are returned? (Choose two)
E. apply Answer: BC
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/nexus5000/sw/configuration/guide/cli/CLIConfigurationGuide/sm_rollback.html Question: 78 Question: 79
An engineer must shut down the Ethernet 1/2 interface when the Ethernet 4/5 interface state is down.
Drag and drop the CLI commands from the bottom onto the blanks in the exhibit to implement this EEM. Not all commands are used. Answer: Question: 80
A host EPG Client wants to talk to a webserver in EGP Web. A contract with default settings is defined between EPG Client and EPG Web, which allows TCP communication initiated by the client
toward the webserver with TCP destination port 80.
Which statement is true?
A. If EPG Web is made a preferred group member, a contract between EPG Client and EPG Web is no longer required for the host in EPG Client to reach the webserver in EPG Web.
B. If vzAny is configured to consume and provide a "deny all" contract, traffic between EPG Client and EPG Web is no longer allowed.
C. The host in EPG Client is allowed to connect to TCP destination port 80 on the webserver in EPG Web.
The webserver will not be allowed to initiate a separate TCP connection to a host port with TCP source port 80.
D. The host in EPG Client is allowed to connect to TCP destination port 80 on the webserver in EPG Web.
The webserver is allowed to initiate a separate TCP connection to a host port with TCP source port 80. Answer: D
Apply Both Direction and Reverse Filter Port in the subject for the filter. These two options are by default enabledÖThis means that if the provider EPG initiates traffic toward the consumer EPG, the
Cisco ACI fabric allows it for any destination ports if the source port is 80.
Reverse filter and apply in both directions is default.
If a filter allows traffic from any consumer port to a provider port (e.g. 8888), if reverse port filtering is enabled and the contract is applied both directions (say for TCP traffic), either the consumer or
the provider can initiate communication. The provider could open up a TCP socket to the consumer using port 8888, whether the provider or consumer sent traffic first.
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/switches/datacenter/aci/apic/sw/1-x/Operating_ACI/guide/b_Cisco_Operating_ACI/b_Cisco_Operating_ACI_chapter_01000.html Question: 81
A network engineer needs to configure system logging on the MDS switch. The messages must be displayed with the severity level of "warningĒ and above. For security reasons the users must be
logged out of the console after 5 minutes of inactivity.
Which configuration must be applied to meet these requirements?
A. Option A
B. Option B
C. Option C
D. Option D Answer: B
Explanation: Question: 82
A new employee must be granted access to add VLANs into an existing Cisco UCS Manager and configure NTP synchronization with date and time zone settings.
Which two privileges must be granted to the employee to complete the task? (Choose two.)
A. Service Profile Compute (Is-compute)
B. Ext LAN Config (ext-lan-security)
C. Service Profile Network Policy (Is-network-policy)
D. Service Profile Config (Is-config)
E. Ext LAN Policy (ext-lan-policy) Answer: B,E
NTP can be configured only with EXT LAN Security.
VLAN can be added using the following privileges:
Ė Ext Lan Config (ext-lan-config)
Ė Ext Lan Policy (ext-lan-policy)
service profiles will add VLANs to vNICs only if they are configured to UCS manager. So service profile is not valid solution. Question: 83
Which storage protocol reduces file locks by using leasing?
B. NFS 4
C. NFS 3
D. SMB Answer: D
https://www.ciscolive.com/c/dam/r/ciscolive/apjc/docs/2016/pdf/BRKCOM-1211.pdf Question: 84
An engineer creates a service profile in Cisco UCS Manager and must assign a policy that reboots blades when changes are applied. The changes must be applied only after user acknowledgment.
Which two policies must be configured to meet these requirements? (Choose two.)
A. Boot Policy
B. Global Policy
C. Power Control Policy
D. Maintenance Policy
E. Reboot Policy Answer: D, E
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With a nearly $60 billion revenue run rate, growing at 14% and throwing off more than $5 billion in operating cash last quarter, Cisco Systems Inc. has an awesome business.
But customers are vocal about the complexity of Cisco‚Äôs portfolio and, if their concerns are not addressed head on, the company risks encountering friction beyond just economic headwinds. We believe Cisco‚Äôs challenges are most decidedly not product breadth and depth. Rather, the company‚Äôs mandate is to integrate the piece parts of its intricate offerings to create more facile and seamless experiences for customers.
In this Breaking Analysis and ahead of Cisco Live in Las Vegas June 4-8, we dig deeper into Cisco‚Äôs business and double-click on three key areas of its portfolio: 1) security; 2) networking; and 3) observability. We have spending data from Enterprise Technology Research and a guest appearance from SiliconANGLE contributor and market watcher¬†Zeus Kerravala, principal at ZK Research.
Stocks of pure-play competitors outperforming Cisco year-to-date
Let‚Äôs start by doing some stock market comparisons.
The chart above shows year-to-date comparisons among Cisco, Palo Alto Networks Inc., Arista Networks Inc., Extreme Networks Inc. and the Nasdaq Composite. As you can see, the pure plays, as well as the NAS, are outperforming Cisco by a wide margin. That‚Äôs despite Cisco‚Äôs double-digit growth last quarter, 65% growth margins and a $200 billion market cap.
The reason is Chief Executive Chuck Robbins set modest expectations for 2024, which, when modeled out relative to Cisco‚Äôs longer-term outlook, suggest slowing momentum in the near- to mid-term.¬†In addition, we believe the breadth of Cisco‚Äôs portfolio, while a key strength, also creates adoption challenges for the company‚Äôs customers.
What follows is a summary of how Kerravala interprets this data.
Kerravala sees this as a nuanced comparison between Cisco, a behemoth with an impressive cash generation capability, and smaller companies such as Arista and Extreme. Despite acknowledging the somewhat fair comparison, he suggests that Cisco is handicapped because smaller entities may capture the benefits of a market trend more swiftly, Cisco‚Äôs broad scope often hampers its ability to do so. But Cisco throws off more operating cash in a quarter than these companies generate in annual revenue.
He used the example of Zoom Video Communications Inc. and RingCentral Inc., noting how Cisco‚Äôs performance paled in comparison two years ago, but the tide has turned since then, with the unified communications sector waning, but Cisco thriving in relative terms.
Kerravala believes Cisco‚Äôs breadth and stability make it a safe investment bet, but its size prevents it from realizing the rapid growth that smaller, more specialized companies can. The broad spectrum of markets that Cisco operates in implies a reduced likelihood of success across all these fronts simultaneously.
Cisco‚Äôs complex business remains anchored in core networking
The table below represents the contribution of Cisco‚Äôs lines of business as reported in its financials.¬†As we said at the top, 14% revenue growth is pretty astounding for a company of Cisco‚Äôs size. With tough comps ahead, it‚Äôs unlikely Cisco can keep up this pace.
Networking makes up more than half of Cisco‚Äôs revenue, but the company is growing its software contribution, which is just under 30% today, and its annual recurring revenue accounts for more than 40% of revenue, which gives the company better visibility on the future. This all helps prop up Cisco‚Äôs alluring 65%-plus gross margin model, which unlike many of its large incumbent competitors has held up well over decades. Moreover, Cisco‚Äôs shift to a recurring revenue and subscription model has been executed quite well compared with many firms (some much smaller, such as Splunk Inc.), which have struggled with that transition.
To break this down further, examining Cisco‚Äôs 10-K provides the following added context:
Secure, Agile Networks¬†comprise core networking, switching, routing, wireless and compute. This includes products such as Catalyst, Nexus, Meraki and Cisco‚Äôs software-defined wide-area network products.
Internet for the Future¬†includes¬†optical networking, 5G, in-house silicon and optics solutions. This includes products such as the¬†Cisco 8000, NCS 5500 and ASR 9000 series.
Collaboration¬†includes¬†Webex and call center solutions.
Optimized Application Experiences¬†includes¬†AppDynamics, ThousandEyes and Intersight.
Here are Kerravala‚Äôs thoughts on Cisco‚Äôs portfolio, the challenges they face and what‚Äôs needed going forward:
Historically, the IT ecosystem generally has been challenged to create interoperability and cross-platform optimization. Despite its wide array of excellent products, Cisco is an example of a company taking on this challenge. One can point to EMC as a company that was crushed under the weight of its complexity and was forced to sell. IBM deals with its complexity by overlaying a massive service organization on top of its products. Nonetheless, we believe Cisco has an opportunity to address this industry problem head on.
For context, Cisco in the 1990‚Äôs and beyond experienced tremendous growth, much of it through acquisitions. This created an integration challenge for CEO Chuck Robbins.¬†Relatively early in his tenure, Robbins‚Äô moved to reorganize the executive leadership team to address internal friction and it‚Äôs beginning to have a visible impact. As an example, Kerravala cites the appointment of General Manager Todd Nightingale as affecting the unification of the Meraki and Catalyst lines, contributing to simpler execution. Specifically, last year, Cisco enabled customers to view Catalyst devices on the Meraki dashboard. While this took the better part of a decade after the Meraki acquisition, it‚Äôs evidence that Robbins is steering the ship in the right direction.
But there‚Äôs more work to do.¬†Within Cisco‚Äôs own ecosystem, products such as Webex, Meraki and Catalyst have not historically provided a significantly better experience on Cisco‚Äôs network than competing products. But that is starting to change under Robbins. Another example of opportunity to watch is Cisco‚Äôs portfolio of products such as Kenna, AnyConnect, Talos, Meraki and Catalyst. Today, these do not yet coalesce to form a comprehensive Cisco platform story but we expect that to change in the near term.
In addition, pay attention to the consolidation of mass scale, Internet for the Future, and Secure Agile Networks under Jonathan Davidson, which should lead to better interoperability between the telecom and enterprise sides.
Security under Jeetu Patel is another proof point. For example, the announcement of the XDR solution at the latest RSA Conference is Cisco‚Äôs first cross-security solution.¬†Security presents a massive opportunity for the industry to simplify and for Cisco to lead.
The main takeaway is Kerravala posits that Cisco‚Äôs focus should be on creating a synergistic portfolio where the collective value exceeds the sum of the parts, as opposed to having to compete fiercely on a product-by-product basis. This he believes will be a sustainable advantage for Cisco.
Spending data underscores the macroeconomic impact on Cisco‚Äôs overall business
The ETR spending data for Cisco, at a high level, shows what virtually all tech companies are facing: a decrease in the percentage of customers that are spending more relative to last year.
The candlestick chart above shows the granularity of Net Score, ETR‚Äôs proprietary spending metric that measures customer spending patterns. Of the 1,700 information technology decision makers in the most latest ETR survey, more than 1,000 are Cisco customers ‚Äď so we have a nice sample. The lime green is the percentage of those customers adding Cisco new, the forest green represents those spending 6% or more relative to last year, the gray is flat spend, the pink is spending down 6% or worse and the bright red is churn. Subtract red from green and you get Net Score, which is the blue line.
You can see the steadily declining trajectory because of the gray and the reds increasing. The brown line is the pervasiveness in the overall data set, which has actually held up well. Cisco has a massive installed base and it is stable, although more customers are leaving than are being added within this survey. Remember, this survey doesn‚Äôt measure spending amount, only the percentage of customers in each bucket.
We asked Kerravala if this¬†accurately reflects his view of the market and is the deceleration a function of economic headwinds, complexity or both? What follows is a list of his key takeaways:
The competitive dynamics in the networking industry have significantly shifted, with Cisco now facing more formidable rivals such as Arista, Fortinet Inc., VMware Inc. and Extreme Networks.
The entry of cloud companies and Aruba into the networking market introduces additional competitive pressures.
These industry changes necessitate sharper sales execution from Cisco, as it can no longer rely on competitors‚Äô missteps to retain its advantage.
In light of this more complex competitive landscape, Cisco‚Äôs strategy must evolve to distinguish itself effectively and maintain its leading position.
I do think a lot of what you‚Äôre looking at there is more credible vendors are in market and that has forced sharper sales execution than it did before. In the old days, Cisco could just show up and be assured that its competitors would mis-execute. That luxury is no longer in play.
Cisco‚Äôs center of gravity starts with core networking
Let‚Äôs drill into the segment data, starting with networks.
The chart above shows Net Score or spending velocity on the vertical axis and pervasiveness in the data set on the horizontal axis. The red dotted line at 40% indicates a highly elevated Net Score. We‚Äôve highlighted Cisco overall and Meraki, a company Cisco bought in 2012 to help better control network devices.
As is evident, Cisco stands out as the clear leader here in both presence (X axis) with very respectable customer spending velocity on its products (Y axis). In fact, we saw earlier a 29% year-on-year revenue growth figure from last quarter in networking. That is amazing for such a large business. As Cisco works through its backlog, it creates uncertainty in the forecasts, but underlying demand for Cisco‚Äôs networking products is sound.
As well, you can see a number of other companies here, including Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co.‚Äôs Aruba, Arista, VMware with NSX and a number of others, including Cloudflare Inc., which all are hovering near the elevated 40% line.
Kerravala laid out his thoughts as follows:
He is somewhat critical of Cisco‚Äôs approach to its Meraki and Catalyst product lines, not on the merit of their features and value but on the lines between them. He asserts that customers should not have to choose between them. He suggests a unified hardware line that offers customers the flexibility to manage it either through Meraki or the command-line interface, or CLI. Currently, a switch from Meraki to Catalyst necessitates a complete hardware overhaul, a problem that could be resolved by a common set of hardware compatible with both management methods.
Further, Kerravala notes that Cisco‚Äôs potential to integrate data center, campus and Wi-Fi certifications to Improve the user experience has yet to be fully realized. While some integration has occurred at the campus level, the data center side remains separate. He concludes that networks should deliver applications and experiences as a single, unified entity instead of being sold as separate silos, an approach that contributes to unnecessary complexity.
His key analysis points include:
He believes Cisco should offer a unified hardware line for customers, which could be managed either through Meraki or CLI, mitigating the need for a hardware overhaul when switching between the two.
By integrating data center, campus, and Wi-Fi certifications, Cisco could enhance the overall user experience.
The current siloed approach to network products adds unnecessary complexity, which, while non-trivial, will be addressed by treating the network as a single, unified entity focused on delivering applications and experiences.
Security is perhaps Cisco‚Äôs best upside opportunity
Let‚Äôs shift gears and look into the all-important and exceedingly crowded security sector.
Above we show the ETR spending data in the security market ‚Äď same dimensions ‚Äď Net Score on Y and Pervasion on the X. Microsoft Corp. is in the upper right and skews the data, but you can see Cisco has a major presence. As do Palo Alto Networks and Splunk. All credible on the vertical axis.
The leaders in presence are below the 40% line, but that‚Äôs expected for such large companies. The squiggly line represents Cisco‚Äôs path over the past 10 quarters. There is no debate that the company is very strong in security, but we believe it needs to do a better job consolidating the piece parts and simplifying customer outcomes.
Note that Cisco doesn‚Äôt have the spending velocity of the pure plays such as CrowdStrike Holdings Inc., Okta Inc., Zscaler Inc., CyberArk Software Ltd. and SailPoint Technologies Inc. ‚ÄĒ or even Cloudflare ‚Äď but its Net Score is respectable. Cisco also just¬†purchased Armorblox Inc., which uses artificial intelligence to reduce email and other risks.
In many ways we think Cisco could be a leader in the security supercloud, bridging on-premises, multiple clouds and edge security experiences.
The following summarizes Keravala‚Äôs thoughts:
Kerravala acknowledges Cisco‚Äôs success in the security sector, citing notable products such as Kenna, Talos, Umbrella, Duo and AnyConnect. However, he identifies a critical missing element: a more coherent Cisco security narrative. The fact that these products are still referred to individually underscores this problem.
According to Kerravala, the future of security is shifting toward platform-based solutions, moving away from signature-based systems to AI- and analytics-based models. Given Cisco‚Äôs broad network reach, the company should possess an unequalled advantage in security, having the ability to detect things that others can‚Äôt. Nevertheless, Cisco still needs to integrate its products and offerings better, a process that began with the XDR announcement at the RSA Conference and we believe will continue.
Cisco has a range of high-quality security products but lacks a unified security narrative.
The future of security is shifting toward platform-based solutions, underpinned by AI and analytics.
Despite their extensive network reach providing a potential competitive advantage, Cisco is expected to continue to Improve integration between their various offerings.
The announcement of the XDR solution at RSA was a positive step towards a more unified platform approach, and further advancements are anticipated at Cisco Live.
In many ways Cisco has been successful in security despite industry complexity and its own complex structure.
Let‚Äôs now dig into observability, which is sort of the confluence of log analytics, application performance management, monitoring and related fields. Cisco has a major stake in this business through its acquisitions of AppDynamics and ThousandEyes.
Before we look at the spending data, here‚Äôs what one customer said in an ETR roundtable about this topic:
This is a head of engineering‚Ä¶ a customer who says I‚Äôm sticking with AppD.¬†This person references the value of the ThousandEyes acquisition along with AppD and security. The application-centricity is an attractive dynamic to this Cisco shop. SecureX is Cisco‚Äôs integrated security play, which admittedly needs more and better integration. But basically in the second quote this person calls out the attractiveness and value of a single platform. If you‚Äôre a Cisco shop. And if not it‚Äôs a ‚Äúfree game‚ÄĚ ‚Äď perhaps implying a free-for-all of complexity.
AppD perhaps presents the biggest opportunity for Cisco since they‚Äôve acquired it. I really expect AppDynamics to become the tip-of-the-arrow sale for Cisco‚Ä¶ and I would like to see AppD become a lead sales tool across Cisco‚Äôs portfolio. I think it must (and will) happen¬†-Zeus Kerravala
Key takeaways from Kerravala‚Äôs commentary on this topic:
He has high praise for ThousandEyes and AppDynamics and their adaptation into Cisco‚Äôs product portfolio. He particularly appreciates the internet performance visibility that ThousandEyes provides, which is especially critical in today‚Äôs corporate world where the internet is heavily relied upon for operations.
However, he feels Cisco has even more opportunities to¬†use AppDynamics to increase its full potential. AppD‚Äôs ability to provide insights into application performance which can inform network upgrade decisions is powerful.
Kerravala sees latest improvements in Cisco‚Äôs understanding of how to effectively use AppDynamics, partly thanks to Liz Centoni‚Äôs oversight of emerging tech. He cites the introduction of ‚Äúbusiness risk observability‚ÄĚ at Cisco Live EU as a positive development in this regard. This tool allows the mapping of threat data to application environments, which aids in prioritizing network and security initiatives by potential impact.
With AppDynamics, initiatives can now be ranked by business value, thus simplifying the sales model. It shifts the discussion from technical specifics to business metrics, helping communicate the business performance improvements that network upgrades can bring about.
Let‚Äôs get into the ETR data. ETR doesn‚Äôt have a full-stack observability category, but through this next view below we‚Äôre able to bring in various companies that are hovering¬†around the space to see their relative positions.
It‚Äôs a similar chart above where we show Net Score against pervasiveness in the data. And we‚Äôve plotted Splunk, Datadog Inc., Elastic N.V., Grafana Labs, Dynatrace Inc. and New Relic Inc.. You can see AppDynamics, which Cisco bought in 2017 for almost $4 billion. And it introduced Intersight shortly thereafter as a visualization and orchestration tool. But there were still holes in the portfolio as the market moved to full-stack observability, so Cisco bought ThousandEyes during the COVID pandemic for about $1 billion. Then it sort of strung them together with an overlay, but the story is not over.
Cisco has an opportunity to really take these pieces and integrate them across the portfolio in a potentially game-changing way. At least in the manner that one customer described earlier ‚Äď especially for Cisco¬†shops.
Kerravala‚Äôs primary argument is that the industry needs to to deliver on the vision of full-stack observability. Cisco has an opportunity to lead by streamlining its many panes-of-glass solutions into a unified, intuitive dashboard. The diverse range of visibility tools it currently offers could be more effectively utilized if they were integrated into one comprehensive system, with AppD serving as the principal lens. Operational specifics could then be accessed through drill-down features, allowing for a more organized and efficient user experience. This could be game-changing for Cisco.
Kerravala‚Äôs key takeaways on observability:
Cisco must make good on its promise of full-stack observability.
The current multitude of Cisco‚Äôs single-pane-of-glass solutions should be streamlined into a unified dashboard.
AppD should be the main view, with the ability to drill down into the other specific tools.
He recognizes that Cisco already has all the necessary components; the challenge lies in integrating them into a cohesive system.
Kerravala just published¬†a ‚ÄúKnow before you go‚ÄĚ post on SiliconANGLE, outlining his thoughts on what to expect at Cisco Live. Let‚Äôs review that and what we‚Äôll be looking for next week.
Whither AI for Cisco?
A key question is how Cisco will handle AI. These days, brands run the risk AI washing, but if you bury the AI lede, you look less relevant. In our view, Cisco at the very least has to use AI to make Cisco infrastructure run better and more secure through automation and better management.
Here‚Äôs a summary of key points from our conversation with Zeus on what to expect from Cisco Live in terms of AI:
We don‚Äôt expect Cisco to brand itself as an AI company like Nvidia Corp. or even IBM Corp.‚Äôs attempts to do so. Instead, AI will remain an integral part of their overall toolkit used to build their products.
AI has been part of Cisco‚Äôs portfolio for a while. It underpins products such as intent-based networking and Encrypted Traffic Analytics, which uses AI to detect malware in encrypted traffic.
The company‚Äôs collaboration portfolio is also AI-rich, but it is considered more of an operational tool rather than a product that‚Äôs sold separately.
AI might be highlighted more during keynotes due to current hype, but it‚Äôs not the company‚Äôs primary focus.
The use of AI, such as a ChatGPT-like interface, could be beneficial for Cisco‚Äôs operations, like using Webex to find information or for network operations to identify areas in need of upgrades. This would essentially make their portfolio more user-friendly.
Natural language processing can simplify interfaces, relieving the load from high-level engineers and delegating tasks to tier one or two support.
The security opportunity calls for Cisco
We‚Äôll be watching the security space closely. We believe it‚Äôs a mandate that Cisco integrate its vast portfolio across on-prem, all the major clouds and out to the edge. Palo Alto Networks has the leg up on consolidation in our opinion, but Cisco has such a major presence that it can do very well in this area, coming at the problem its strength in networking.
Here‚Äôs a summary of what we think Cisco needs to do in security and what we‚Äôll hear at Cisco Live:
Security is important because it offers the most substantial growth potential for Cisco, as it is a single-digit player in a market projected to be worth $75 billion-plus.
Even a slight increase in market share, such as reaching 10%, would greatly boost Cisco‚Äôs revenue.
The long-term vision is to have Cisco‚Äôs security share match its network share, and to have Cisco network and Cisco security working together for improved risk identification and resolution.
We hope to see more integration of Cisco‚Äôs cloud security products to create a more unified and user-friendly experience.
The security industry often makes the user the integration point, which can lead to confusion and inefficiency. This needs to be addressed by the industry at large and Cisco has an opportunity to attack this problem.
Cisco is in a unique position to make security more user-friendly and seamless because it owns the network and can embed a lot of security features into it.
We anticipate hearing more about Cisco‚Äôs progress on its vision for security and expect to see more of the product roadmap at the upcoming event.
Can Cisco be the supercloud network?
Core networking is always a the forefront of Cisco Live. I keep coming back to the supercloud concept ‚Äď a singular experience across clouds in a cloud-native fashion. Can Cisco bridge the legacy world of apps and infrastructure with cloud-native?
Cisco is not going to become a cloud provider like Amazon Web Services Inc., but it has the potential to be an abstraction layer that enables the concept of a ‚Äúsupercloud.‚ÄĚ
A network supercloud would allow customers to use multiple cloud providers, edge locations, and private data centers seamlessly as one logical cloud.
Traditional cloud providers will not enable this, as their tools are specific to their platforms. Cisco, however, can provide network transport, security and optimization that transcend individual cloud platforms.
Cisco can become the bridge between physical clouds and create a logical supercloud thanks to its work with cloud providers, telcos and tools such as ThousandEyes and AppDynamics.
This process begins with networking, hoping to see more progress with the Meraki/Catalyst integration at the upcoming show. We are also looking for advancements in consolidating different versions of Wi-Fi and other disparate parts of Cisco‚Äôs networking story.
Collaboration: Hybrid work is still a big thing
What about collaboration? That business went from rocket ship to rapid deceleration post-pandemic, but hybrid work isn‚Äôt going away and it brings real challenges. Is this a game of integrating with your security portfolio to reduce risk? Or creating better and more simplified user experiences? We know that Jeetu Patel wants to make Webex 10 times better than any other platform.
We believe Cisco‚Äôs primary challenge in the collaboration market is Microsoft Teams. Despite having a poorer user experience compared with competitors, Teams is widely adopted thanks to its inclusion in Microsoft licensing plans.
Teams, however, can prove costly when additional features such as voice and security are added.
Cisco has accepted the coexistence with Teams, allowing its devices to run Teams natively. This could be beneficial as companies are likely to use more than one collaboration vendor.
We believe Cisco‚Äôs WebEx, loaded with extensive features, can offer a better experience for specific departments and expand its presence within organizations gradually.
A suggested strategy for Cisco is to manage other collaboration platforms through the WebEx console, offering better management for those platforms and then gradually introducing their own solutions.
In the context of observability, the application-centric view is crucial. Prioritizing network upgrades and security deployments based on their impact on application performance can provide quantifiable business metrics.
Cisco‚Äôs AppDynamics offers a unique perspective into application performance that other infrastructure vendors may lack. This tool could be instrumental in making such decisions.
Application centricity is the opportunity in full-stack observability
Cisco we think has an opportunity to make some moves in full-stack observability, but the linchpin as Kerravala wrote on SiliconANGLE is the application-centric view of the world.¬†The two main takeaways from our conversation on observability include:
The application-centric view is crucial. Prioritizing network upgrades and security deployments based on their impact on application performance can provide quantifiable business metrics.
Cisco‚Äôs AppDynamics offers a unique perspective into application performance that other infrastructure vendors may lack. This tool could be instrumental in making such decisions.
Every large tech company has to address ESG
And finally we asked Kerravala if he has¬†ever been to a Cisco Live where Chuck Robbins hasn‚Äôt done his part to address environmental, social and governance issues? Here‚Äôs a summary of what we discussed:
Cisco has a corporate goal to positively impact a billion lives by 2025. It‚Äôs making significant progress toward this goal through a variety of programs. It‚Äôs part of the Global Citizen group, and it conducts contests and provide financial support to entrepreneurs aiming to make the world a better place.
Cisco‚Äôs products also help with sustainability. They are embedded with features such as EnergyWise, which shuts off the network when it is not in use and turns it back on when it is needed.
Cisco‚Äôs custom application-specific integrated circuits are optimized for specific network functions, leading to lower power consumption.
The company offers Power over Ethernet features to further support sustainability.
At events such as Cisco Live, it has highlighted these sustainability features, and we expect to see more of this in the future.
We didn‚Äôt talk much about edge, but¬†it‚Äôs a significant part of the future and we anticipate hearing more about it in the future.
Finally, theCUBE¬†will be at Cisco Live in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. We‚Äôre on the expo floor across from the Net Vet Lounge, which is Booth 1427. We have a small space so we‚Äôre doing the pop-up CUBE and we‚Äôd love to see you. By all means please stop by and say hello.
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Reviews Cisco System's approach to implementing Oracle's Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software product. This case chronologically reviews the diverse, critical success factors and obstacles facing Cisco during its implementation. Cisco faced the need for information systems replacement based on its significant growth potential and its reliance on failing legacy systems. The discussion focuses on where management was particularly savvy in contrast to where it was the beneficiary of good fortune.
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TheTransformational Tech¬†series highlights Cisco‚Äôs grant recipients that use technology to help transform the lives of individuals and communities.
An estimated 37% of the world‚Äôs population ‚Äď or 2.9 billion people ‚Äď have still never used the internet and are missing out on the wealth of learning opportunities available online.
In addition, when reflecting on the past three years, the effects from pandemic school closures remain and have had a lasting impact on teacher wellbeing, and student learning proficiency levels globally. This situation was particularly true in communities without reliable access to the internet or technologies to aid teachers and families with remote instruction. More is needed to help this population of learners accelerate learning to meet minimum learning proficiency levels country by country. And more needs to be done to inclusively connect these communities and their students to trained teachers and quality classroom resources.
World Possible is a Cisco nonprofit partner who bridges these gaps and connects offline learners to the world‚Äôs knowledge with an educational server called RACHEL (Remote Area Community Hotspot for Education and Learning). RACHEL is an innovative learning tool for teachers to engage their students and bridge the digital divide and help scale teacher productivity while working with diverse classrooms.
In appreciation of educators everywhere, we want to shine a light on World Possible technology being used by teachers and students in Oceania, Asia and Latin America. In these examples, RACHEL is used to build teacher capacity, increase student engagement, and Improve overall classroom performance while helping students living in remote and disconnected communities build digital skills.
Oceania ‚Äď Kiribati: ¬†
Kiribati is an island country composed of over 30 atolls with over 17,500 students attending 110 schools. These students and their teachers are spread over 3.5 million square kilometers in the central Pacific Ocean. With such a dispersed and distributed population, education officials address the challenge of providing access to trained teachers with current curriculum in programs like the Kiribati Education Improvement Program.
Kiribati Education officials use RACHEL server devices to store digital media within key training schools. These servers have the flexibility to be solar powered with battery backup support to reach even the most remote areas of this island country. With the high cost of internet, which is primarily only available through mobile phone data plans, access to these resources at scale isn‚Äôt sustainable for these communities. But a RACHEL content device changes this dynamic, making professional training and receiving updated content easier.
Asia ‚Äď Cambodia:
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies and is committed to connecting all the world‚Äôs people. Through their work, ITU Data Hub reports indicate that 60% of individuals in Cambodia ¬†are using the internet compared with the world average of 66%. This gap in access to the internet within Cambodia increases in rural and remote populations. World Possible serves as a bridge for this digital divide for teachers and students in rural Cambodia.
At Doris Dillon School, the World Possible RACHEL server is used directly by students in classrooms to learn English, Improve numeracy skills and build digital skills using computers. The RACHEL device also acts as a community digital library, used by families for gardening, health education and computer classes.
Latin America ‚Äď Guatemala
Within Latin America, access to the internet and technology for use in schools can be challenging. In Guatemala, the same ITU Data Hub reports indicate that 51% of individuals in the country are using the internet compared with the world average of 66%. With a beautiful and rugged landscape, Guatemala has high mountain ranges dotted with volcanos, jungle regions and large urban cities such as Guatemala City or Quetzaltenango in the northern highlands. Within this diverse geography is a school using RACHEL located in Sacsigu√°n Monte Mercedes, a small village from Solol√°, in the western highlands of Guatemala. In this remote and rural area, Elvia Patricia Julajuj Cuxulic, who is an accountant by profession, teaches in the Monte Mercedes Secondary School leads seven classes of students every week in the afternoons serving 87 students from grades 7 to 9.
Earlier this year her school received a RACHEL server that is now being used by students who previously had little access to the internet. As a teacher, Elvia has been actively using the device with her students and reports to the Ministry of Education show over 130,000 logged events, and 66,900 pages visited. As one of four teachers in Monte Mercedes Secondary School, she hopes that her students and her community will all have the chance of having a better life through education.
More to come
Cisco inclusively invests using a portfolio approach in nonprofits to further STEM Education student outcomes, inspire youth to regenerate our climate and develop trained teacher capacity globally. Through investment partners like World Possible we aim to strengthen human capital, inclusively connect people to resources and services with quality platforms informed by education proven practice.
This fall, World Possible will release an upgraded RACHEL server with increased capacity for concurrent device connections, improved device storage, and will leverage a new processor. Through a new server, coupled with the cloud update service called DataPost, education officials can use Android devices to update RACHEL servers in remote locations around the world.¬† To learn more about RACHEL visit WorldPossible.org.
Mon, 05 Jun 2023 04:13:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/775971-cisco-how-world-possible-using-technology-inclusively-bridge-digital-divideDell TechWorld 2023 ‚ÄĒ Security, AI And Multicloud
I spent the last few days in Las Vegas attending Dell TechWorld (DTW) and am happy to report I've returned home to Dripping Springs, Texas, no poorer due to gambling. I'm also pleased to report that Dell TechWorld was worth the trip and time away. In addition to catching up with old colleagues and friends, there was much news regarding Dell's strategy and vision.
As with most conferences, DTW had a theme. This year, it was technological innovation is the key to human progress. Based on this theme, the company focused on addressing what it sees as five significant challenges in the enterprise:
The future of work ‚ÄĒ Managing the remote workforce
Multicloud ‚ÄĒ While this may seem like an overplayed term, the challenges are real.
AI ‚ÄĒ Technical, ethical and operational barriers to adoption
Edge ‚ÄĒ Like Multicloud, this is talked about often but still encounters lots of challenges.
Security ‚ÄĒ It should baked into everything‚ÄĒevery device, every server, every environment.
While there is much to discuss across all of these areas, in this piece I will dive deeper into my three biggest takeaways and what I think of Dell's overall approach, vision and strategy.
Some events stand out for the right reasons; Dell DTW is one of them
Before getting into my analysis, I want to provide the Dell analyst relations (AR) team recognition for putting on a wonderful event. I am on the road nonstop this time of year for conference season, so I see lots of good, bad and average events. DTW 2023 was amazingly well run, and I know that the folks who helped make it so don't ever get credit. So for my AR contact, Beth Williams: thank you for making this such a pleasant learning experience. And to AR leader Erin Zehr: you and your team are rock stars.
Security: Big leaps forward
I've traditionally considered Dell's security messaging adequate, albeit not exactly impressive. While others in the market have made a lot of noise around their security capabilities, Dell has quietly gone about building a solid security portfolio and partnerships.
In October of 2022, Dell announced its Zero Trust Center of Excellence (CoE) at DreamPort, the US Cyber Command‚Äôs premier cybersecurity innovation facility. The function of this CoE will be to allow customers to test their environments against the U.S. Government's zero-trust security specifications. This is a real and practical value-add for IT and information security professionals to drive the highest levels of protection across their organizations‚ÄĒsomething I would have jumped at the opportunity to use when I was in IT. And as of this spring, the CoE has entered the testing milestone as Dell prepares for U.S. Government validation.
At DTW, Dell took it one step further by announcing Project Fort Zero, an end-to-end validated zero-trust solution for Dell customers to deploy. With this initiative, Dell is bringing together over 30 of the leading cybersecurity companies in the market to help establish a zero-trust environment that adheres to the U.S. government's mandate.
Here's what I like about what Dell is doing. It uses its market influence to enable its customers to deploy a true zero-trust environment. And it is doing so through a consortium approach, where companies have a real incentive to work together to deliver a complete solution. More to the point, Dell understands that neither it nor any other company can be the only answer for zero trust. This is a team effort, and to its credit Dell is pulling together the players.
AI: It‚Äôs everywhere
Surprising nobody, AI was a major focus area for Dell at DTW. It was part of every keynote, every group breakout and every discussion. And for good reason. During one keynote, Dell's Co-COO, Chuck Whitten said that AI might be the most significant technological innovation since the PC, the internet and even the smartphone (gulp). And when one thinks about the impact AI is having and will have‚ÄĒon our lives, our economy, on everything‚ÄĒhis statement makes sense.
More precisely, the conversations at DTW focused on generative AI (sick of hearing about ChatGPT yet?). By everybody's estimate, generative AI is going to change the way we work and the way we live. And because of this, organizations of all sizes are looking at ways to implement such an environment.
The challenge? Training a large language model (LLM) for your specific needs. Let‚Äôs say you‚Äôre a big sporting goods chain and want something like ChatGPT to serve as a shopping assistant for your customers. When a customer searches for a ‚Äúdriver,‚ÄĚ you want them to find a long golf club‚ÄĒnot a construction tool. Likewise, if a customer wants to find a ‚Äúbat‚ÄĚ for their promising baseball player, you don't want the search to return something about the Mexican free-tailed bats that live in Austin. Now think about how you would apply this to a law firm sifting through millions of digitized pages of case law, briefs and so on. Or a pharmaceutical company whose inputs span drug discovery, clinical testing and safety reporting. This is where the concept of training domain-specific LLMs comes into play. It's all about context and relevance.
So, what did Dell Announce around AI at DTW? Well, a few things. But I will focus on what I found super compelling: Project Helix, which is a partnership between Dell and Nvidia to deliver a full-stack generative AI solution to its customers. Think curated generative AI for specific customer needs. Major law firm? Health care provider? Sporting goods store? Dell and Nvidia will deliver a pre-trained model and the tools needed to easily further optimize it.
Like Dell's moves in security, I like this partnership with Nvidia. AI has been an almost science fiction-like concept to many businesses for a very long time. While we've talked about the eventual rise of this technology, its applicability has often been narrow in scope. And frankly, we've often misused the term entirely, placing the AI label on technology that is really advanced analytics.
Recently, though, generative AI has made AI tangible to far more people. And Dell‚Äôs partnership with Nvidia is going to make AI real for many businesses.
One last note on Project Helix. The NVIDIA software stack being used for it is powered by the newly launched Dell XE9680, a beast of a server that packs two Intel 4th Generation Xeon CPUs and eight Nvidia H100 GPUs.
While generative AI became white-hot just over the last few months, Dell, Nvidia and Intel must have started working on the ground-up design of this solution a couple of years ago. That‚Äôs impressive foresight.
Multicloud: We may be bored of talking about it, but it‚Äôs still relevant
‚ÄúMulticloud‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúhybrid multicloud‚ÄĚ are so overused that I'd be willing to bet that somewhere, college kids have created a drinking game around these terms. Yet we talk about these concepts so much because the industry still hasn't figured out how to consistently implement them elegantly, efficiently or economically.
At DTW, Dell discussed multicloud and its ‚Äúas-a-Service‚ÄĚ solution, APEX, and how the company envisions enabling its customers to navigate this multicloud world more quickly and affordably.
My biggest takeaway from Dell's presentations on APEX is that everything starts with data. Data that is generated on the edge or in the cloud and must be shared with distributed applications. Legacy data that sits in a data warehouse and is critical for feeding algorithms that can help drive better customer outcomes.
And because of this need to make data from the datacenter to the cloud and from one cloud to another, storage is critical. The connective tissue that makes this work is the architecture that enables the movement of data between cloud and on-prem and from one cloud to another. To that end, Dell announced APEX Block Storage for AWS and Azure, as well as APEX File Storage for AWS. Running APEX storage in these clouds allows Dell customers to have clean integration from what Dell refers to as ‚Äúcloud to ground‚ÄĚ or ‚Äúground to cloud.‚ÄĚ In other words, from on prem to off prem, and from off prem to on prem.
In addition, Dell announced the APEX Cloud Platform for Microsoft Azure, VMware and Red Hat. Through these partnerships, Dell is trying to make the cloud experience (and environment) as tight as possible. The Red Hat partnership especially interests me because it allows IT administrators to manage their combined infrastructure, virtualized and containerized environments from the OpenShift interface.
The last thing to note on multicloud and APEX is around manageability‚ÄĒone of my favorite topics. At the event, Dell announced APEX Navigator for Multicloud Storage and APEX Navigator for Kubernetes. This was the sleeper hit of the show, in my opinion. Having a single SaaS-based console to manage my entire (Dell) storage environment is a big deal. It makes managing storage far less complex‚ÄĒand cheaper‚ÄĒwhile optimizing the entire environment.
As I mentioned, there's so much to discuss here, so capturing it all in a few paragraphs is hard. If you're interested in learning more, here are a couple of videos from Dell that are worth watching:
Bonus: An observation from the show floor
While I expected to see a seemingly endless number of AI and security startups and other companies on the show floor (which I did), I was surprised at the number of cooling companies I also saw. These covered a wide range of technologies from direct-to-chip to immersion cooling and everything in between.
Companies such as GRC, Zutacore and Chilldyne were out in force to showcase their solutions. Even Intel was showing off its chips being cooled by Zutacore in its booth. This only makes sense when you think about where the market is going. The XE9680 mentioned above that‚Äôs so impressive puts out a lot of heat those H100 and Xeon processors. And the chips driving platforms like that are only going to get hotter.
It's worth checking out what some of these companies are doing regarding cooling, especially as you plan and implement refreshes to your infrastructure.
It was a long couple of days at DTW 2023‚ÄĒin a good way. Besides the specifics covered above, my overall takeaway is that innovation is alive and well at Dell. I often talk about the pragmatic approach Dell takes to delivering solutions to the market. But that pragmatism also drives an innovation engine that has positioned the company as a leader in meeting companies‚Äô needs for what tomorrow brings.
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Mon, 18 Mar 2019 10:47:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://thenextweb.com/topic/cisco-systems10 most popular IT certifications for 2023
Certifications are a great way to show employers you have the right IT skills and specializations for the job. These 10 certs are the ones IT pros are most likely to pursue, according to data from Dice.
Certifications are a great way for IT pros to pave a path to a specific career in tech. Whether in cybersecurity, software development, networking, or any other IT specialty, certifications can raise your career profile and help employers identify your areas of expertise and confirm that you have the right skills for the job.
The overall perceived value of IT certifications is shifting, according to the 2023 Tech Salary Trends report from Dice. Of those surveyed, only 9% of respondents said they felt certifications weren‚Äôt necessary for their role, down from 12% in 2021. Similarly, 12% of respondents said they were currently working toward earning a certification, up from 9% in 2021. For organizations interested in hiring certified IT pros, offering to pay for training and test fees can go a long way, as 12% of respondents said they didn‚Äôt earn a certification because their company didn‚Äôt pay for the exam.
If you‚Äôre interested in earning a certification to help boost your resume, these are the 10 most popular IT certifications for 2023, according to data from Dice.¬†¬†
1. CompTIA A+
The CompTIA A+ certification is designed for support specialists, field service technicians, desktop support analysts, and help desk support professionals. It‚Äôs a solid choice as an entry-level certification that is well-regarded in the industry and will verify that you have the skills to troubleshoot and resolve problems around networking, operating systems, mobile devices, and security. To earn the certification, you‚Äôll need to pass two exams. The first covers mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, and network troubleshooting. The second test covers everything you need to know about installing and configuring operating systems, expanding security, and troubleshooting software and operational procedures. Of those surveyed, 22% said they hold a CompTIA A+ certification, making it the most popular certification on this list. According to the data from Dice, that is a 1% increase from 2021.
2. CompTIA Security+
The CompTIA Security+ certification is best suited for network, system, and security administrators; security specialists; junior IT auditors; security consultants; and security engineers. Security is a priority for nearly every business, as technology becomes a top driver of business success. Businesses are looking for qualified IT pros who can help ensure that they are protected from potential threats and risks. The certification test covers courses such as threats, attacks, vulnerabilities, risk management, architecture and design, technology and tools, cryptography and PKI, and identity and access management. According to Dice‚Äôs data, 16% of IT pros report holding this certification in 2022 ‚ÄĒ the same as in 2021.
3. CompTIA Network+
As an entry-level option, the CompTIA Network+ certification is a great fit for junior network administrators, network field technicians, junior system engineers, IS consultants, and network field engineers. It‚Äôs recommended to earn the CompTIA A+ certification first and to have at least 9 to 12 months of networking experience prior to taking the exam, but it‚Äôs not a requirement. The test covers networking courses such as configuring, managing, maintaining, implementing, troubleshooting, and securing functional networks. The survey found that 14% of IT professionals report holding this certification in 2022, remaining consistent with data from 2021.
4. Project Management Professional (PMP)
Offered by the Project Management Institute, the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification is designed for advanced project management professionals. The certification validates that you have the skills and knowledge as a project manager, with a focus on the five main stages of a project‚Äôs lifecycle: initiating, planning, executing, monitoring, and controlling and closing a project. To qualify for the exam, you‚Äôll need to hold a four-year degree and have three years of experience in project management, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education. For those with a secondary degree, you‚Äôll need five years of experience, 7,500 hours leading and directing projects, and 35 hours of project management education. According to Dice, 13% of IT professionals report holding a PMP certification, which is a 2% increase from 2021. For more information, see ‚ÄúPMP certification: How to ace the Project Management Professional exam.‚ÄĚ
5. IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL)
The IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certification offered by Axelos is a popular certification for IT service management, especially for anyone working at an organization that subscribes to the ITIL methodology. The certification is best suited for IT managers because it has a heavy focus on implementing effective management strategies to Improve team efficiency and organizational processes. You can get certified at several levels of expertise, demonstrating your competency in ITIL best practices. According to Dice, 11% of IT pros report holding an ITIL certification, which is a 1% decrease from 2021.
6. Certified ScrumMaster
Offered by the Scrum Alliance, the Certified ScrumMaster certification validates your knowledge of the Scrum framework and your expertise and ability to apply it in the workplace. The certification is designed for project managers, technical project managers, Scrum masters, program managers, project leads, and product developers. Upon passing the certification, you‚Äôll receive a two-year membership with the Scrum Alliance, giving you access to local and online networking events with others in the industry. According to Dice, 11% of IT pros report having a Certified ScrumMaster certification, which is a 1% decrease from 2021.
7. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
The Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification is best suited for entry-level network engineers, help desk technicians, network administrators, and network support technicians. The certification covers various areas of specialization, including security, wireless, routing and switching, industrial, IoT, data center, cyber operations, collaboration, and cloud. To qualify for the exam, you‚Äôll need at least one year of experience working with Cisco products and services, basic knowledge of IP addressing, and a strong understanding of network fundamentals. According to Dice, 9% of IT pros report having earned a CCNA certification, which is a 2% decrease from 2021.
8. AWS Certified Solutions Architect
The AWS Certified Solutions Architect offered by Amazon is a popular cloud computing certification for anyone planning to work in a cloud-related IT job. AWS is a widely adopted platform at companies both large and small, making it a smart choice for your resume. The certification covers your knowledge of and ability to design and deploy scalable systems on AWS, with a focus on remaining cost-effective without sacrificing security, reliability, and quality. According to Dice, 8% of IT pros report holding this certification, which is a 1% increase from 2021. ¬†
9. Certified Information Systems Security Professional
The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification offered by the ISC demonstrates your knowledge and abilities around IT security and information assurance. Security is one of the top priorities for businesses these days, and the CISSP certification shows that you understand how to help a company ensure their information systems aren‚Äôt at risk. The test covers courses such as organizational structure, budgeting, managing risk, monitoring and assigning deliverables, communicating with remote teams and executives, and managing complex large-scope projects. According to Dice, 6% of IT pros report holding a CISSP certification, which is a 1% decrease from 2021.
10. AWS Certified Developer
The AWS Certified Developer certification offered by Amazon is designed for those working in development roles with one or more years of hands-on experience developing and maintaining AWS-based applications. The certification test covers courses such as programming languages, AWS core services, AWS architecture best practices, and application lifecycle management. It also covers subjects such as how to develop, deploy, and debug cloud-based applications using AWS and writing code for serverless applications. There are no requirements for the exam, but it‚Äôs recommended that you know at least one programming language, have an understanding of AWS services, as well as the ability to use or interact with AWS services and proficiency writing code for serverless applications. According to Dice, 4% of IT professionals report holding an AWS certified developer certification in 2022, which is consistent with data from 2021.
Thu, 25 May 2023 22:01:00 -0500en-UStext/htmlhttps://www.cio.com/article/480465/10-most-popular-it-certifications-for-2023.htmlCisco: A Mother Speaks Up for Mother Earth
Submitted by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Mother Earth and moms have a lot in common (And by moms, I‚Äôm including mothers, grandmothers, aunts, godmothers and more). Moms not only create life but their focus on nurturing their children year after year and ensuring their safety and ability to flourish is unparalleled. Mother Earth does the same. For millions of years, Mother Earth has been protecting us, providing a safe and abundant environment to live and raise our families.
According to the United Nations (UN) report Progress on the Sustainable Development Goals: The gender snapshot 2022, ‚ÄúWomen play transformative roles in climate change adaptation and mitigation despite many obstacles‚ÄĚ with many taking on grassroot efforts to make a change in their own communities. Women are also taking leadership positions in the field of sustainability. At large companies, 58 percent of sustainability executives are female. And according to the 2022 GreenBiz State of the Profession report, the number of women in sustainability leadership roles has expanded. That‚Äôs good news for Mother Earth, since we know how innovative, persistent, and driven women can be when protecting their families.
From my own personal experience, I was raised by a mother who was an environmentalist before most people knew what that was. She sold ‚Äúbiodegradable‚ÄĚ cleaning products to the neighborhood moms, wrapped our sandwiches in wax paper and insisted we bring that paper home so she could reuse it the next day. She sewed some of our clothes out of left-over fabric (‚ÄúWe can‚Äôt let this perfectly good fabric go to waste!‚ÄĚ) and made us save our gum in water to rechew later (I know, I wish I were kidding, too). We walked and rode our bikes because gas emitted ‚Äúthat black stuff into the air‚ÄĚ and donated all our used toys, books, clothing, etc. to the ‚ÄúBargain Box‚ÄĚ secondhand store down the road. My mom instilled in my siblings and me that we have to live in harmony with the Earth or she will kick us off. I took her on a hike last weekend and at 85 years old she was still ‚Äúschooling me‚ÄĚ on the wildflowers growing on Mt. Tamalpais and why they‚Äôre important to the ecosystem.
As a mom myself, I wanted to sit down with another mom at Cisco and learn more about her thoughts on sustainability. Elisabeth Brandasu is a global account manager for Equinor and sustainability lead for the North Theater in Cisco‚Äôs Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. She shares how being a mother has impacted her perspective on the environment and influenced her actions to create a more sustainable future.
How did you get into the field of sustainability?
Elisabeth: I was na√Įve until a few years ago. I was so busy with building my life, surviving those first few whirlwind years of being a young mom with a full-time job. At some point, I was offered the opportunity for a stretch assignment (which gives employees a chance to explore a different type of role by volunteering some of their time to another team) as inclusion and diversity lead for EMEA. That is where my calling for purpose-driven work started. I am privileged in many ways; I have a lot of energy and I want to use my voice for doing something purposeful. When sustainability came on my path it just really struck home. It‚Äôs not just the sense of necessity in accelerating the needed change, but the enormous opportunity the transition provides too. It excites me.
Did becoming a mother change your personal perspective about the work you‚Äôre doing?
Elisabeth: My worry for the kids really kicked in when they began school. As you release them into the wider world, you start envisioning their future and the planet we are leaving them. We don‚Äôt inherit the planet from our parents, we borrow it from our children. I lovingly pour all my time and effort into the kids being safe and happy, now and for all their days to come. So, how could I stand by and let this monumental systemic transition the world so desperately needs pass me by? How can I push this onto my children‚Äôs shoulders to resolve it?
You circle back to yourself, thinking, ‚Äėwhat can I do?‚Äô As a mom, you don‚Äôt just sit by, and watch tragedy impact your kids. You step up and do whatever you can.
What does working in sustainability mean to you?
Elisabeth: Working in sustainability means so much more than ‚Äėjust a job‚Äô. It is continuous learning, giving back, amplifying the reach of our experts by spreading their word, scaling the community of ambassadors, training people to incorporate sustainability as a first thought in doing business. You don‚Äôt necessarily need a formal education or background in sustainability to make a contribution. I believe I have found my own way of contributing and I know others can too. I am proud of the Green and Blue sustainability community at Cisco. It emerged from the internal Green and Blue Innovation Challenge in EMEA to stimulate as many ideas as possible, with green representing sustainability and blue representing the digital transformation. It is a force to be reckoned with and we have together accomplished so much. I want to be part of this movement of change for the better, because what we all wish for our children is the very best.
How did you start the conversation about sustainability with your kids?
Elisabeth: They‚Äôve learned some very simple concepts about sustainability in school. They do not yet understand that if the world continues as it does, there will be some serious consequences.
When speaking about a sustainable future, it‚Äôs important to put a sense of hope into it, rather than risk paralyzing people with devastating outlooks. Hope activates! It‚Äôs not about being perfect, it‚Äôs about pledging yourself to do better all the time. I am also an optimistic realist. I choose to believe in our collective power to make amazing progress, steering us toward less devastating outcomes.
The way I speak to my kids about it is that the world has been using more than it can replenish. The system is broken, so we are trying to build a new system and that is really complicated because everything is intertwined. Do I think they get it yet? No, but that‚Äôs okay. They don‚Äôt need to have it all figured out. But they‚Äôre the type of kids that think about those things and are curious to learn more and it will eventually mature in their minds. For now, I just want them to be kids.
Do you have any advice for actions that parents can take to help create a more sustainable future?
Elisabeth: For me, there is a big focus on circularity. I try not to buy new things. So, everything I buy with the kids or for the kids I try to buy second hand. We‚Äôre also focused on reducing waste, especially around food. We don‚Äôt throw away food. When you have leftovers, you eat it again the next day. If they didn‚Äôt eat their lunch, that‚Äôs fine, but they need to have their lunch for dinner. My kids have very few toys and prefer to go outside to play.
Also, I have been focused on energy minimization in the house and using energy at the lowest possible price and load balancing throughout the day. I don‚Äôt cook while I have the washing machine on, and I don‚Äôt charge the car while the dishwasher is on.
Sustainability is a bit like exercise. Don‚Äôt overdo it from the get-go. Allow yourself to embrace it and make it a habit. You don‚Äôt need to save the world on day one. Educate yourself and understand the impact of your lifestyle. Decide what you are going to integrate into your normal routine and identify the things that you‚Äôre going to step away from. Whatever you decide to do, it is okay because you‚Äôve been conscious about the decision. Every day, there are probably at least 200 moments where you can make the decision to do the more sustainable thing. Are any of the individual actions that I take enough on their own? Definitely not, but it is about doing what you can do and keep on pushing to do better. It‚Äôs a journey.
We also need to stop passing judgement on people that aren‚Äôt moving as fast when it comes to sustainability. It‚Äôs counterproductive. Rather, meet them where they are, and inspire them to keep moving forward.
Thirty years from now, I‚Äôm going to be retired. My kids will be the age I am now and will decide if they want to become parents. I don‚Äôt want them to have existential worries and I don‚Äôt want to look back on my own life thinking ‚ÄėI didn‚Äôt do enough for the planet when I had a chance.‚Äô We can‚Äôt defer action any longer, it‚Äôs the responsibility of our generation, the ‚Äėelders‚Äô, to do what we can.
Wed, 31 May 2023 05:29:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.csrwire.com/press_releases/775531-cisco-mother-speaks-mother-earthCisco, USGA extend technology partnership, form Innovation Committee
Cisco has renewed its partnership as the USGA‚Äôs official technology partner. The two sides will collaborate in forming an Innovation Committee to further explore tech-driven advances in golf and introduce the USGA ShotCast Powered by Cisco in 2023, enabling users of the USGA app and website to receive real-time shot tracking data and 3D hole imagery for the U.S. Open and U.S. Women‚Äôs Open. Every shot shown in the TV broadcast will be archived for fans to view, which is a first for the U.S. Women‚Äôs Open.
Through this relationship, Cisco debuted the first ‚ÄúConnected Course‚ÄĚ -- Wi-Fi covering all 18 holes of the 2019 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach -- while enhancing the fan experience with Webex video sharing during the height of the pandemic and introducing 4D volumetric swing capture in broadcasts. Cisco will increase its support of the U.S. Adaptive Open while continuing to back other initiatives to make golf more diverse and inclusive.
Thu, 01 Jun 2023 04:31:00 -0500entext/htmlhttps://www.sportsbusinessjournal.com/Daily/Issues/2023/06/01/Technology/cisco-usga-technology-partnership.aspxAiRISTA Simplifies Deployment and Management of Its Infrastructure in Cisco Catalyst EnvironmentsJust a moment...
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