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Cisco has introduced new training and certification options in the use of the company's technology for programming networks and automating tasks.
The Cisco programs, unveiled this week, are for professionals working with Cisco's Digital Network Architecture. DNA is a collection of products that lets companies manage and automate networks through a central software console instead of reprogramming individual switches and routers.
NPDESI and NPDEV certifications
The latest training programs cover one new certification -- the Network Programmability Design and Implementation (NPDESI) Specialist -- and a revision of the Digital Network Architecture Implementation Essentials (DNAIE) Specialist certificate.
NPDESI provides network engineers with a "soup-to-nuts curriculum" that addresses the evolving role of network engineers. The course provides skills for network automation and programming.
A recommended prerequisite of NPDESI is a new self-paced course called Programming for Network Engineers. PRNE is for network operators who want to use programming to simplify or automate tasks.
Cisco has revamped NPDEV to provide application developers with infrastructure programming skills. The company provides instruction in data handling and formats, the fundamentals of networking and network programmability, APIs and automation protocols, data models, operations, and controller platforms and protocols.
Finally, Cisco introduced DNAIE, a five-day boot camp for professionals who are already deploying Cisco DNA. The training includes general concepts on the role of network orchestration and automation enabled through security implementations, controllers and integration with other technologies.
Adding to list of skills training
Cisco is expanding its full list of skills training to include DNA fundamentals, data analytics, network programmability, cybersecurity, the internet of things and cloud networking. The company is embedding the topics into all of its Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert programs and the Cisco Certified Network Associate and Cisco Certified Network Professional certifications.
Key components of the DNA portfolio covered in Cisco certification programs include the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller Enterprise Module for branch and data center network automation. Other DNA products include Cisco's platform for virtualizing network services on the company's Integrated Services Routers.
The latest Cisco certification programs reflect the company's ongoing transformation from a hardware maker dependent on the sales of switches and routers to a provider of software for networking, security and unified communications. The shift, which started several years ago, is the result of slowing sales of networking hardware as an increasing number of enterprises turn to cloud providers for IT infrastructure.
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