Get to Know Cisco

Cisco is a provider of many different facets of software that can optimize your business. It works to help both individuals and organizations to move forward. The question many potential users start off having, though, are what it is, how it can benefit my organization and what certification will help me excel? Below are facts to help you gain a better understanding of Cisco and how to use its benefits to further your company.

What is Cisco?

Cisco Systems, Inc. (known as Cisco) is an American multinational technology corporation that develops, manufactures and sells networking hardware, telecommunications equipment, and other high-technology services and products. Through its numerous acquired subsidiaries, such as Open DNS, WebEx, and Jasper, Cisco specializes into specific tech markets, such as Internet of Things (IoT), domain security, and energy management.

Why do Businesses Need Cisco Training?

Cisco technologies are the worldwide authority in computer networking and have become the widespread choice to streamline and protect these networks. Because of this Cisco training is becoming increasingly valuable. Those with Cisco training demonstrate: Higher productivity; fewer errors; improved speed, depth and quality of all customer interactions; knowledge to build an effective workforce.

Business Benefits of Cisco Training & Certification:

  • Provides the right skills to ease into deployment
  • Grants abilities for businesses to use their Cisco products to the highest potential
  • Allows businesses to get the most out of their IT investment
  • Lowers downtime as skilled technicians handle issues when they arise
  • Increases customer satisfaction as problems are solved quickly

Major Cisco Certifications

Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

The Cisco CCENT certification validates the skills required for entry-level network support positions, and is the starting point for many successful careers in networking.

Target Audience: Candidates should have the knowledge and skill to install, operate and troubleshoot a small enterprise branch network, including basic network security. CCENT certification is the first step toward achieving CCNA, which covers medium size enterprise branch networks with more complex connections.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

After earning the entry-level CCENT certification, students can take the next step by earning one or more CCNA certifications, depending on their Cisco specialty areas:

  • Collaboration
  • Cloud
  • Cyber Ops
  • Data Center
  • Industrial
  • Routing & Switching
  • Service Provider
  • Wireless

CCNA Routing & Switching

As Enterprises migrate toward controller based architectures, the role and skills required of a core network engineer are evolving and more vital than ever. To prepare for this network transition, the CCNA Routing and Switching certification will not only prepare students with the knowledge of foundational technologies, but ensure they stay relevant with skill sets needed for the adoption of next generation technologies.

Target Audience: Appropriate for those looking to fill roles such as: Network Administrators, Network Support Engineers, Network Engineer Associates, Network Specialists, and/or Network Analysts.

CCNA Routing & Switching is one of the most popular and is considered the primary certification.

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

CCNP are professional level Cisco certifications and are for advanced Cisco engineers who are looking to advance their Cisco career and/or expertise.

After earning the CCNA certification, students can take the next step by earning one or more CCNP certifications, depending on their Cisco specialty areas:

  • Collaboration
  • Cloud
  • Data Center
  • Routing & Switching
  • Service Provider
  • Wireless

CCNP Routing & Switching

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing & Switching certification validates the ability to plan, implement, verify, and troubleshoot local and wide-area enterprise networks and work collaboratively with specialists on advanced security, voice, wireless, and video solutions.

Target Audience: Appropriate for those with at least one year of networking experience who are ready to advance their skills and work independently on complex network solutions. Those who achieve CCNP have demonstrated the skills required in enterprise roles such as network technician, support engineer, systems engineer or network engineer.

Note: Cisco also offers two additional certifications: Expert and Architect levels.

CCNP Routing & Switching is also one of the most popular and is considered a primary certification.

Major Cisco Technology Terms

As you learn more about Cisco, you'll notice a lot of terms that might not have been as familiar with before. The more you learn about Cisco, the more often new these terms will become a part of your vocabulary. Some commonly used terms are listed below:

Data Center
A data center is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems.

Digital Transformation (DX)
Digital Transformation refers to the total and overall societal effect of digitalization, which is the process of converting information of any kind into a digital format.

Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things (IoT) is the inter-networking of physical devices, vehicles, buildings, and other items embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, and network connectivity which enable these objects to collect and exchange data.

IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems)
IPS is a network security device that monitors network activity for malicious or unwanted behavior.

IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6)
IPv6 is the most recent version of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion.

QoS (Quality of Service)
Quality of service (QoS) is the description or measurement of the overall performance of a service, such as a telephony or computer network or a Cloud computing service, particularly the performance seen by the users of the network.

Routers & Switches
Routers and switches are both computer networking devices that allow one or more computers to be connected to other computers, networked devices, or to other networks. Switches create a network. Routers connect networks. A router links computers to the Internet, so users can share the connection. A router acts as a dispatcher, choosing the best path for information to travel so it's received quickly.

TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)
TCP/IP is the basic communication language or protocol of the Internet. It can also be used as a communications protocol in a private network (either an intranet or an extranet).

VLAN (Virtual Local Area Network)
A VLAN is a group of devices on one or more LANs that are configured to communicate as if they were attached to the same wire, when in fact they are located on a number of different LAN segments.

Some Closing Thoughts

Whether through software purchase, training or certification, Cisco has a a wide variety of certifications to bring your business forward. They will help integrate into your current network and be there for you when questions arise. Click here to see all of the way Cisco can help you and their full Certification Path

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