The Cisco CCIE Data Center is a high-level training and certification programme that teaches you how to plan, design, implement, and manage complex, modern IT data center infrastructures.

This CCIE Data Center certification validates a professional’s technical expertise by utilizing industry best-practices for training. This certification is designed for experienced data center professionals looking for a more advanced skill set to fill leadership roles involving the integration of in-depth IT data center solutions and emerging technologies.

Why certify?

The CCIE Data Center practitioner is uniquely qualified to take the lead in leveraging evolving technologies and deep domain expertise to meet business requirements that require an agile IT infrastructure. Professionals who have earned the CCIE Data Center certification have proven their technical abilities at the highest level, employing industry best practices.


Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity, fabric infrastructure, storage networking and compute, network services, and automation and orchestration are among the advanced skills required. CCIE certification includes knowledge of evolving technologies and their impact on the architectural framework, deployment models, implementation, and operations.


Cisco 400-151 Exam Overview:      

The Cisco CCIE Data Center certification validates expert-level data center and emerging technology skills required to design, implement, and manage a complex modern data center infrastructure. It accesses the ability to understand data center requirements, how different components in the data center interact, and the ability to translate it into device configurations.

Exam Name

CCIE Data Center Written Exam

Exam Code

400-151 CCIE DC

Exam Cost

$450 USD


120 minutes

Total Questions


Passing Marks

Variable (750-850 / 1000 Approx.)

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  • Complex Layer 2 Technology Design, Implementation, and Troubleshooting
  • Complex Layer 3 Technology Design, Implementation, and Troubleshooting
  • External Fabric Connectivity Design, Implementation, and Troubleshooting
  • Service Insertion and Redirection Design, Implementation, and Troubleshooting
  • Network service design, implementation, and troubleshooting
  • Data Center Storage Protocol Configuration and Troubleshooting
  • Designing, Implementing, and Troubleshooting Storage Networking Features in Data Centers
  • Putting Compute Resources in Place and Troubleshooting
  • Data Center Compute Connectivity Design, Implementation, and Troubleshooting
  • Virtual and physical end point connectivity design, implementation, and troubleshooting
  • Data Center Automation Implementation and Troubleshooting
  • Data Center Orchestration Tool Implementation and Troubleshooting
  • Including Cisco Cloud services in existing Data Center infrastructure
  • Policy and non-policy driven internal fabric connectivity design, implementation, and troubleshooting
  • Infrastructure policies and elements must be designed, implemented, and troubleshooter.
  • Cloud
  • Programmability in a Network (SDN)
  • Internet of Things (IoT) 


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Cisco Systems’ CCIE certification is considered an expert level certification. A CCIE certification would advance job responsibility from networks and networking solutions to the implementation and troubleshooting of complex converged networks.

    It provides you with best-in-class network management skills, allowing you to land promising careers with high pay packages. A recent graduate with no experience and a CCIE certification can earn a minimum of 3,60,000 LPA. Maximum figures are possible with high skills, and they continue to increase with experience.

    The 400-151 Cisco Certified Internet Expert Data Center Exam for Cisco Certified Internet Expert Data Center exam consists of 90-11 questions that a candidate must answer in 120 minutes. This exam serves as a prerequisite for the Microsoft CCIE Data Center track.

    The exam fee for the 400-151 is $450 USD.

    It is the responsibility of certification holders to keep track of their certification status.

    To check the status of your Associate, Specialist, and Professional certifications, go to the Certifications Tracking System.