Bring software practices and skills to networks with Cisco and DevNet certifications

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It is an exciting time to be in the industry as new network technologies drive new applications and change the role of networks in business.

It is an exciting time to be in the industry as new network technologies drive new applications and change the role of networks in business.


Advances in network technology have enabled new applications and business models. Voice over IP for integrated IP networks, mobile applications for 3G networks and mobile video for 4G networks. Today, new technologies like 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and cutting-edge computing come to life again. They create a whole new set of applications, and developers who understand the capabilities of this new network can create new experiences and accelerate their business.


In addition, new network engineer, such as intention-based networks, multi-domain networks, and programming capability, will fundamentally change the functionality of networks, allowing network engineers to create solutions that take advantage of programmable networks in new ways and exciting. You will have the opportunity. You can apply DevOps practices to your network to increase network agility and enable automation on a large scale. IT can be a major business driver because it can pull business information from the web. In addition to connectivity, the new networks will now use policies and attempts to securely connect applications, users, devices and data from the data center or the cloud to campus, branch offices, borders and multiple environments. 


The opportunities are exciting, but it takes more than new technologies to take advantage of the full capabilities of the network. New networks fundamentally change the role networks can play, but they also change the way networking is done. The way networks run five, ten, and twenty years ago changes when full functionality is used. To show the full capabilities of your new network, you need people and teams with the right skills and practices.


We are pleased to announce two new services that unleash the capabilities of the new network. The first brings software practices to networks and the second brings software skills to networks. They are:


DevNet Automation Exchange - A community-based developer hub that accelerates the success of network automation. Bring software practices to networks with a code share repository to solve network automation use cases developed by the Cisco Network Expert Community and the Software Developer Community.


New Cisco Certification and New DevNet Certification - Training and certification for network professionals and software developers who bring software skills to the network. This enables application developers to create applications that take advantage of the full capabilities of the network, create IT teams with networking skills and experience, and software skills and experience to take advantage of the full capabilities of the network.


DevNet Automation Exchange Presentation


Customers and partners have said that network automation is one of the biggest problems. The network is at the center of the business, and as the business grows, so is the network. They are growing too big to manage and want to introduce automation to their networks, so they turn to DevNet for help.


Five years ago, we created DevNet to help network engineers and application developers make the most of the revolutionary changes that shape the industry. Today at Cisco Live, we are taking another step to help our customers with the most important issues: network automation and the launch of the DevNet Automation Exchange. This is a community-based developer center where network workers and developers can learn to walk, run, and fly with network automation using all the features of Cisco products and new networks. They are defined as:


Hike - Gain visibility and insights from the network in a read-only way. This enables use cases such as collecting telemetry and information from running networks and performing audits to ensure continued network security.


Execution: Activate policies and attempts in different network domains. This enables use cases such as providing self-service network operations that comply with security policies and operational guidelines.


Fly: Proactively manage your applications, users and devices using DevOps workflows. This enables use cases such as application deployment for continuous integration and continuous delivery pipelines (CI / CD) while configuring the network according to new application policies.


Another thing the networkers told us was: "DevNet helped us learn how to code and how to use the Cisco APIs, but we are ready to take it further." We need help solving the use cases we have. ” This is addressed through software development that solves network automation use cases in addition to Cisco products and APIs. Instead of writing all the code yourself, we are incorporating code-share repository software practices into network automation.


DevNet Automation Exchange is a place where DevNet members can get free source code for network automation and solve their own use cases. We have provided over 50 code repositories to the Automation Exchange, many of which were provided by our engineering team and SE. And now we invite the DevNet community to submit the code that solves those use cases. We have talked to developers and network workers and they are excited to use this community approach to network automation. They are excited to have a place to contribute the code and find the code that can be used in the project and appreciate that Cisco is hosting it. We hope our community comes together to make this the industry's premier network automation code repository.


Introducing New Cisco Certifications, Including New DevNet Certification


Another thing that our DevNet developers, Cisco Champions and CCIE advisors also told me: `` I have spent time at DevNet developing software skills that I know are important to my work. Please get DevNet certified. ” Once again, we listen to your voice and receive feedback to create a new product. The new Cisco certification and the new DevNet certification.


We created a new Professional Certification Program that includes the evolution of our highly acclaimed and industry leading CCNA / CCNP / CCIE certifications and adds a brand new DevNet Developer Certification! Like engineering certifications, these new software certifications are at the associate, specialist, professional, and expert level, and are known to be as rigorous as the Cisco certification program since its inception in 1993. This is the largest evolution . We are confident that it will be the result of 26 years of programming and will continue to drive professionals and technology and industry leaders for the next 26 years.


Details about the new DevNet certification and the new / evolved Cisco certification are available online, but here are some highlights:


  • Associate level certifications are for entry level jobs. The DevNet Associate certification covers 80% software skills and 20% network skills. The CCNA certification covers 80% of networking skills and 20% of software skills. 


  • Certification for Cisco and DevNet Specialists is a technological approach to networking and software. You can choose the concentration of skills necessary to succeed in your job, and you can use them to be professional and professionally qualified.


 CCNP certifications are available to companies, service providers, data centers, security and collaboration, and can be obtained by passing their respective core exams and the Cisco Specialist or DevNet Specialist exams.


  • DevNet Professional certification is earned by passing the Cisco DevNet Specialist exams and core exams.


  • The CCIE certification continues to be one of the most recognized certifications in the industry. DevNet Expert certification will be available in the future.


There are several ways that these certifications can be used by networking professionals and software developers. We envision a combination of these certifications to help people acquire the skills they need. Specifically, network experts are supposed to be DevNet certified and software developers will be certified by Cisco specialists when choosing their adventures.


This agility enables network customizations, such as DevSecOps engineers and IoT architects, to tailor training to emerging new job roles in the industry.


For example, DevSecOps engineers can earn CCNP Security certification and acquire skills in the following disciplines:

  • ·         Learn how to automate security operations (Cisco Specialist: Security)
  • ·         Deploy applications securely (Cisco DevNet Specialist: DevOps)
  • ·         Create a Chatbot to monitor and alert SecOps teams (Cisco DevNet Specialist: Webex)