Cisco CCIE ExpertiseProgent's operational structure is optimized to make top IT skills available quickly and for a reasonable cost. Progent is a leader in the network support industry for being able to offer convenient, quick, and cost-effective access to Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs). Cisco-certified CCIEs are elite networking engineers who earn this rare certification by passing strenuous testing by Cisco.

CCIE is the most advanced certification for network consultants, and indicates an individual's technical knowledge at the master level. Individuals who succeed in both of the mandatory exams, one written and one in a hands-on lab environment, are awarded a CCIE credential from Cisco. Becoming a CCIE typically requires a minimum of three years of real-world experience architecting, deploying, operating, and troubleshooting sophisticated Cisco environments. Qualifying for a CCIE certificate also requires a familiarity with Cisco hardware and Cisco networking solutions, extensive knowledge of Local Area Network and Wide Area Network mechanisms, and a detailed understanding of the protocols associated with routers, switches, bridges, and security devices. The prestigious CCIE certification has been recognized as the most technically advanced information technology credential by CertMag.

The Capabilities of a CCIE Consultant
The CCIE credential identifies consultants with the knowledge and background to succeed in the most difficult tasks in their field. The CCIE tests given by Cisco are continually revised to grow with the state of the art, focusing on current environments and practical problems. The CCIE credential is valid for two years, and to renew it holders have to take a Cisco recertification test. This guarantees that CCIE engineers don't get stale or overly focused so that they can offer the most advanced solutions to the widest range of challenges involving the most advanced networking products and technology.

CCIEs are a select group of engineers. Below 3% of all Cisco certified individuals achieve the CCIE credential, a tiny minority of information technology workers in the industry. By 2010, approximately 5,000 CCIEs were registered in the US. Progent offers the services of around 12 CCIE-certified engineers on its phone-support and on-site IT support team, which represents an exceptionally large number for a publicly accessible network support organization.

CCIEs can handle the most difficult problems related to network planning, deployment, management, security, and repair. CCIEs work closely with Cisco's in-house engineers in identifying anomalies with Cisco IOS Software network management utilities and coming up with workarounds or obtaining software patches to fix problems. CCIEs represent an exceptional value since their deep experience enables them to solve seemingly intractable problems rapidly. In many instances, less seasoned engineers can spend many hours or days wrestling with a task that a certified CCIE can solve in minutes.

Most Progent CCIEs are not only experienced with Cisco technologies, but have multiple recognized technical certifications including Microsoft MCSE, and an important security credential such as CISA or CISM. This permits Progent to offer complete services that address a broad range of IT products without requiring extra costs and delays managing too many consultants.

Progent's CCIE Support Services
The vast majority of CCIEs are employed by large corporations or nationwide ISPs, and so their skills are not easily available to small businesses. Progent is among the rare consulting providers that makes CCIEs accessible to help small and mid-size businesses. In addition, Progent offers fast access to a CCIE by phone so that you can receive timely support for urgent network issues that are hurting business efficiency but are outside the scope of your ordinary network maintenance resources. Progent's CCIE consultants can connect to your network via state-of-the-art remote support tools in order to provide quick and affordable analysis and remediation of critical network problems. To learn how to get in touch with a Progent CCIE for fast assistance with your IT infrastructure, visit Progent's Online Support Services.

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