Cisco CCIE Consulting FirmsProgent's organization is optimized to make the best information technology skills accessible quickly and economically. Progent is a leader in the network support arena for being able to offer easy, quick, and budget-friendly access to Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs). CCIEs are sought-after network engineers who qualify for this prestigious certification only after intense examination by Cisco.

CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is the top certification for networking consultants, and certifies a person's networking skills at the master level. Candidates who succeed in both of the mandatory tests, one written and the other in a hands-on lab environment, are awarded a CCIE credential from Cisco. CCIE certification usually requires at least three years of practical experience architecting, deploying, operating, and repairing sophisticated Cisco environments. Earning a CCIE credential also requires experience with Cisco hardware and Cisco networking software, extensive knowledge of Local Area Network and Wide Area Network technologies, and a detailed familiarity with the protocols associated with routers, switches, bridges, and firewalls. The elite CCIE certification has been voted the most technically advanced information technology certification by CertMag.

The Skills of a CCIE Consultant
Cisco's CCIE credential identifies experts with the knowledge and experience to handle the most challenging tasks in their field. The CCIE tests administered by Cisco are regularly revised to grow with the industry, focusing on current environments and practical problems. The CCIE certification is valid for two years, and to renew it consultants have to pass a Cisco renewal test. This ensures that CCIE engineers do not become out of date or too focused in order that they can offer the most advanced solutions to the widest array of problems involving the most current networking products and technology.

CCIEs are a select class of consultants. Below 3% of all Cisco accredited individuals achieve the CCIE certification, a tiny fraction of IT professionals in the industry. In 2010, approximately 5,000 CCIEs were estimated to be in the US. Progent retains the services of around 12 CCIE-certified engineers on its remote and on-site IT support team, which is an exceptionally large number for an independent computer support organization.

CCIEs can resolve even the most difficult problems encountered in network planning, deployment, administration, security, and troubleshooting. CCIEs operate with the highest priority with Cisco's in-house engineers in identifying problems with Cisco IOS Software network administration utilities and coming up with workarounds or installing software updates to fix problems. CCIEs represent an exceptional value because their deep expertise allows them to solve complex problems rapidly. In many cases, less seasoned engineers can burn up many hours or even days wrestling with a problem that an experienced CCIE can solve in just minutes.

Most Progent CCIEs are not only experienced with Cisco networking solutions, but have multiple advanced industry certifications such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and an important network security certification such as CISSP or CISA. This allows Progent to provide complete solutions that address a wide array of IT products without incurring extra expenses and delays orchestrating multiple consultants.

Progent's CCIE Support Services
The vast majority of CCIEs are employed by large enterprises or national ISPs, and so their services are not easily available to the general public. Progent is one of the few consulting organizations that makes CCIEs accessible to support small and mid-size companies. Also, Progent can provide quick access to a CCIE by phone so that you can receive timely support for complex network problems that are impacting worker efficiency but are outside the scope of your local network support resources. Progent's CCIE consultants can connect to your environment using the latest remote support tools in order to provide fast and affordable diagnosis and repair of urgent system trouble. To find out how to contact a Progent CCIE for timely help with your IT infrastructure, visit Progent's Online Support.

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