What is CCIE ?

CCIE is a Certification examination by Cisco Systems. The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certification is accepted worldwide as the most prestigious networking certification in the industry. Network Engineers holding an active Cisco CCIE certification are recognized for their expert network engineering skills and mastery of Cisco products and solutions. The CCIE community has established a reputation of leading the networking industry in deep technical networking knowledge and are deployed into the most technically challenging network assignments.

The program continually updates and revises its testing tools and methodologies to ensure unparalleled program quality, relevance and value. Through a rigorous written exam and a performance based lab, the CCIE program sets the standard for internetworking expertise.

Cisco introduced the CCIE certification in 1993 to assist the industry in distinguishing the top echelon of internetworking experts worldwide. Today, CCIE certification holders represent less than 3% of all certified Cisco professionals and less than 1% of the networking professionals worldwide. Due to this rare passing rate, there is the huge demand for CCIE professionals in India and internationally.

Why should i choose it as a career option ?

Before answering this question, devices .we must understand the importance and growth of Internet in last 7 years and how Cisco systems emerged as Largest Player in building internet devices.It has an annual turnover over of USD $40 Billion which means around 3 Lakh crore of equipment and services are sold every year. Today everything inside an enterprise works on the internet. New Cities are developed with more and more internet services, Govts to all banking systems around the world are totally dependent on the internet for services to customers. This large demand for internet engineers has created a new engineering syllabus requirements which none of the engineering institutes in the world has addresses. Most of the colleges across the world focus on coding and programming while Cisco certification focus on how to run large devices which run Massive GPBS /TBPS networks. Networking is so vast today that it has been categories in various domains and Cisco being a world leader in Networking equipment gave those domains name to its Certification tracks. Here are various CCIE Tracks.


  1. CCIE RNS ( Every enterprise today uses Multiple redundant links for providing connecting to each device within the company. This track deals with multiple office setups and networking between those.Most experts agree that these engineers are basically required for connectivity expertise for more than 50 sites )

  2. CCIE Security: Cisco first product range 23 years back were routers and switches and slowly after the world started getting connected, Provider: there came cyber crime and network attacks.Cisco has a product range to mitigate almost every kind of attack. Devices like Firewalls, IPS (Intrusion prevention system), VPN (Secure data exchange between multiple branches ). IPV6 Security, VOIP Security and Mobile Device security etc are common program contents of CCIE Security .

  3. CCIProvider: Focusses on ISP business and provide them gear which runs massive data exchange. Cisco is no more clear leader and Juniper is quite ahead in this domain.

  4. CCIE Wireless : Indoor and outdoor wireless . Cisco is still growing in large enterprises .

  5. CCIE Data Center: Cisco biggest Success in recent times and as the cloud demand increases, Cisco will benefit big time. Launched in 2012, the only handful of professionals have achieved this .


Cisco deals in following products which practically build various aspects of internet :


  • Datacenter products: Nexus Switches (1000v, 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000, 6000,7000, 9000), MDS, Unified Computing System (UCS)

  • Routers, including: 800 Series, Integrated Services Router (ISR) (1800, 2800, 3800), ISR G2 (1900, 2900, 3900), 2500 Series, 7200, 7600, 12000, ASR (900, 1000, 9000), Network Convergence System (NCS) 6000, and Carrier Routing System (CRS-1, CRS-3, CRS-X)

  • Security appliances: ASA 5500, PIX 500 series, Cisco Security Manager, Email Security Appliance (ESA), Web Security Appliance (WSA), Content Security Management Appliance (SMA)

  • Catalyst switches: 1900 Series, 2900 / 2950 / 2960 / 3500XL Series, 3550 / 3750 Series, 3000 Series, Catalyst 4500/4900, 5000/5500 Series, 6500 Series, 6800 Series

  • Teleworker/Remote Connectivity—Cisco LAN2LAN Personal Office for ISDN, VPN 3000 Concentrators

  • Cisco Wireless LAN products—Access Points, PCI/PCMCIA/USB Wireless LAN Adaptors, Wireless LAN Controllers (WLC), Wireless LAN Solutions Engines (WLSE), Wireless Control System (WCS), Location Appliances, Long range antennas.

Telephony Products

  • Collaboration Systems—Cisco TelePresence, (Cisco Manufacturing Mobile Video Collaboration with Librestream, Cisco acquired Tandberg, the world leader in Telepresence systems)[73]

  • IP Telephony (VoIP) Servers and Appliances

  • Cisco Unified IP Phones—Wireless IP Phone 7920, 7945, 7965, 7942, 8900 series, 9900 series, 6900 series

Servers / Application Appliances

  • Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)

  • Unified Computing: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) virtual server platform

Which Track to choose from?

Over a period of time and being in the business of networking for a long time, we have built some very solid understanding of networking industry. Based on the future trends we see massive scope in following CCIE Tracks


  1. CCIE Security: Cyber crimes are on the rise every day and there is no bigger and more detailed certification in the world.This detailed program teaches you everything to secure an enterprise network.The CCIE Security track focuses specifically on network security and certifies individuals with expert level knowledge of specific security protocols and components such as VPN solutions, ASA, IPS and IOS security features. Individuals certified as CCIE Security are certified in configuring complex, end-to-end secure networks, troubleshooting integrated environments, and understanding common attacks and mitigation techniques.As per an estimate, there are just 3000 engineers who have passed this rigorous Certification. CCIE HOME is the largest lab in the world and has produced over 50% of the World CCIE Security professionals.We have today students from over 40 countries coming and studying with us. The average salary of 2 years experienced is around 14 Lakhs while international salary for our staff has gone up to 50-60 Lakhs in Singapore and the middle east.Each year we have a big number of students joining international organizations on their own.


  1. CCIE DATA CENTER: Launched in years 2012, just 200 people have passed this certification.This is most expensive but most demanded certification. The single rack containing CCIE Datacenter equipment costs around 2.5 Crores for the training companies so most of the training companies do not offer this program.We have 9 racks and we also rent our racks to training companies around the world.Individual students from USA and Europe are our single largest Clients.As the demand for private cloud is increasing, in next few years people who hold this certification will be in big demand.Cisco is now already a world leader in Data Center products including switches with 100Gigabit of individual port capacity on switches.The CCIE Data Center certifies the expert-level skills required to plan, prepare, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot complex data center networks. Professionals who achieve CCIE Data Center certification have demonstrated their technical skills at the highest level.

What are salary levels for various certification achievers ?

Associate Level

CCNA Certification holders make between 15-35K per month along with other certifications. Most associate level jobs demand other certifications in combination with CCNA .


Professional Level

CCNA Certification holders make between 15-35K per month along with other certifications. Most associate level jobs demand other certifications in combination with CCNA .


Expert Level

CCNA Certification holders make between 15-35K per month along with other certifications.Most associate level jobs demand other certifications in combination with CCNA .