CCIE Certified EngineersProgent's organization is optimized to make the best IT talent available on short notice and affordably. Progent is a leader in the network support industry for the ability to provide easy, rapid, and cost-effective access to Cisco CCIEs. CCIEs are elite network engineers who earn this rare certification by passing strenuous testing by Cisco.

CCIE is the most advanced certification for network consultants, and certifies an individual's technical skills at the master level. Candidates who pass the two required tests, one written and one in a lab environment, receive a CCIE certificate from Cisco. CCIE certification typically requires a minimum of three years of real-world seasoning architecting, implementing, managing, and repairing sophisticated Cisco networks. Earning a CCIE certificate also demands experience with Cisco hardware and network solutions, broad knowledge of Local and Wide Area Network mechanisms, and an in-depth understanding of the protocols associated with routers, switches, bridges, and firewalls. The prestigious CCIE credential has been recognized as the most advanced IT certification by CertMag.

The Capabilities of a Cisco CCIE Engineer
Cisco's CCIE certification recognizes engineers with the skills and background to succeed in the most challenging assignments in networking. The CCIE tests administered by Cisco are regularly revised to grow with network technology, concentrating on current environments and practical problems. The CCIE certification is valid for two years, and to renew it engineers need to take a Cisco recertification exam. This ensures that CCIE engineers do not become out of date or too specialized so that they can offer the most advanced approaches to the widest range of challenges associated with the most current connectivity products and technology.

CCIEs are a select class of engineers. Less than 3% of all Cisco certified professionals achieve the CCIE certification, a small minority of information technology professionals worldwide. By 2010, about 5,000 Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts were located in the United States. Progent offers the skills of about a dozen CCIEs on its remote and on-site network support team, which is an extraordinarily large number for an independent small business IT service company.

CCIEs can handle even the most complex problems related to network design, integration, administration, protection, and troubleshooting. CCIEs work closely with Cisco's internal support staff in isolating problems with Cisco IOS Software network administration utilities and coming up with workarounds or installing software updates to fix problems. CCIEs are an exceptional value because their deep expertise enables them to resolve seemingly intractable problems quickly. In common cases, less qualified consultants can spend hours or days struggling with a problem that an experienced CCIE can solve in just a few minutes.

The majority of Progent CCIEs are not only experienced with Cisco products, but also have multiple advanced technical credentials including Microsoft MCSE, and an important network security credential such as CISSP or CISA. This permits Progent to provide complete services that incorporate a broad array of IT products without incurring needless costs and delays managing multiple consultants.

Progent's CCIE Support Services
The vast majority of CCIEs are employed by large enterprises or nationwide ISPs, and so their services are not easily available to the general public. Progent is one of the rare consulting providers that makes CCIEs available to support small and mid-size businesses. Also, Progent offers quick contact with a CCIE by phone so that you can get timely support for complex network issues that are impacting business productivity but are outside the experience of your ordinary network maintenance personnel. Progent's CCIE consultants can connect to your environment using secure on-line troubleshooting tools in order to provide fast and economical diagnosis and repair of urgent system problems. To find out how to contact a Progent CCIE for timely assistance with your IT infrastructure, visit Progent's Online Support Services.

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