CCIE Certified EngineersProgent's operational structure is optimized to make top IT skills available quickly and economically. Progent is unmatched in the IT consulting arena for the ability to offer convenient, quick, and budget-friendly access to Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs). CCIEs are elite networking professionals who qualify for this rare certification by passing strenuous testing by Cisco.

CCIE is the premier recognition for network consultants, and certifies a person's networking knowledge at the expert level. Candidates who succeed in the two mandatory exams, one written and one in a hands-on lab environment, are awarded a CCIE credential from Cisco. CCIE certification typically requires a minimum of three years of real-world seasoning designing, implementing, operating, and troubleshooting large-scale Cisco networks. Qualifying for a CCIE certificate also requires a familiarity with Cisco hardware and network solutions, extensive understanding of Local and Wide Area Network technologies, and a detailed understanding of the network protocols associated with routers, switches, bridges, and firewalls. The elite CCIE certification has been recognized as the most technically advanced IT certification by CertMag.

The Capabilities of a Cisco CCIE Engineer
Cisco's CCIE credential identifies engineers with the skills and background to handle the most difficult tasks in networking. The CCIE exams given by Cisco are continually revised to grow along with network technology, focusing on contemporary technologies and practical applications. The CCIE certification is active for two years, and to renew it consultants have to take a Cisco recertification exam. This ensures that CCIE engineers don't get out of date or too specialized so that they can provide the latest solutions to the widest range of problems associated with the most advanced network and security technology.

CCIEs are an elite class of consultants. Less than 3% of all Cisco accredited individuals qualify for the CCIE certification, a small minority of IT professionals worldwide. In 2010, about 5,000 Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts were estimated to be in the US. Progent retains the skills of around 12 CCIE-certified engineers on its remote and on-site IT consulting team, which represents an extraordinarily high number for a publicly accessible small business IT support company.

CCIEs can resolve even the most challenging issues involving network planning, integration, administration, protection, and troubleshooting. CCIEs operate on a privileged basis with Cisco's in-house support staff in isolating problems with Cisco IOS Software network administration utilities and coming up with workarounds or installing software patches to resolve problems. CCIEs represent an exceptional value since their deep experience allows them to resolve complex problems quickly. In common cases, less seasoned engineers can spend many hours or days struggling with a problem that an experienced CCIE can resolve in a few minutes.

Most Progent CCIEs are not only experienced with Cisco technologies, but have multiple advanced technical credentials including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and a major network protection credential such as CISSP or CISA. This permits Progent to provide comprehensive solutions that incorporate a broad range of technologies without incurring needless expenses and interruptions orchestrating too many consultants.

Progent's CCIE Support Services
Most CCIEs are employed by large enterprises or nationwide Internet providers, and so their skills are not readily available to small businesses. Progent is among the few service providers that makes CCIEs accessible to help small and mid-size businesses. In addition, Progent can provide quick access to a CCIE by phone so that you can get immediate support for complex network issues that are hurting business productivity but are outside the experience of your ordinary IT support personnel. Progent's CCIE engineers can connect to your network by means of state-of-the-art on-line support tools in order to perform quick and affordable analysis and remediation of critical system problems. To learn how to get in touch with a Progent CCIE for timely help with your network, visit Progent's Online Support Services.

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