The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert Data Center (CCIE Data Center) is an expert-level training course for network engineers that will assist them in providing efficiently managed services while creating a large Service Provider infrastructure.

The Evolving Technologies module is only available in the Written exam. This module facilitates the integration of core technological competence with understanding of emerging technologies, such as cloud, IoT, and network programmability.

A candidate must pass the following exam(s) to acquire the CCIE Service Provider certification:

The first step is to take the CCIE Service Provider Written Exam (400-201)

Before being allowed to take the lab exam, the applicant must pass a two-hour written exam that focuses on the ideas presented in the training relating to packet-based networking.


Step 2: Take the CCIE Service Provider Lab Exam.

Step two comprises an eight-hour lab exam to assess the candidate’s ability to setup actual equipment and administer a service provider network in a timed test environment. The applicant must attempt the CCIE Lab Exam within 18 months of passing the CCIE writing exam.

Candidates are encouraged to pass the lab test within three years after completing the written exam; otherwise, the writing exam must be retaken before the lab exam may be retaken.


Exam Name CCIE Service Provider Written Exam
Exam Number 400-201 CCIE SP
Exam Price $450 USD
Duration 120 minutes
Number of Questions 90-110
Passing Score Variable (750-850 / 1000 Approx.)
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Cisco CCIE Service Provider Written Exam Topics

The following subjects are broad guidelines for the information that will most likely be included in the exam.

Domain Written Exam (%)

  • Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP)
  • Border Gateway Protocol (BGP)
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching
  • MPLS Traffic Engineering 1.4
  • Broadcasting
  • Service Quality
  • Concepts of service provider architecture
  • Concepts of virtualization
  • Carrier Ethernet
  • L3VPN
  • VPN Overlay
  • Internet access
  • Transport and encapsulation technologies  
  • PE‐CE connectivity  
  • Quality of Service  
  • Multicast  
  • System level HA  
  • Routing/fast convergence
  • Layer 1/2/3 failure detection techniques
  • Control plane security  
  • Management plane security
  • Infrastructure security  
  • Timing and synchronization  
  • Network monitoring and troubleshooting  
  • Network configuration and change management  
    Evolving Technologies v1.1 10%
  • Cloud
  • Network Programmability (SDN)
  • Internet of Things (IoT)


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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The Cisco CCIE® Service Provider Written Exam (400-201) is a two-hour exam with 90110 questions that validates professionals who can design, implement, diagnose, and troubleshoot complex Service Provider highly available network infrastructure and services based on dual stack solutions (IPv4 and IPv6); understand how network and service components interoperate; and understand functional requirements and translate into specific device configurations.

    Core Routing 25%

    Service Provider Architecture and Services 21%

    Access and Aggregation 18%

    High Availability and Fast Convergence 14%

    Service Provider Security, Operation, and Management 12%

    Evolving Technologies v1.0* 10%


    Evolving Technologies v1.1** 10%

    The Cisco CCIE Service Provider certification is intended for expert-level Service Provider network engineers who have the knowledge and skills required to develop an extensible Service Provider infrastructure capable of delivering rich managed services.