CCIE Consulting and Support ServicesProgent's organizational structure is designed to make the best IT talent available on short notice and for a reasonable cost. Progent is a leader in the network support industry for being able to provide easy, quick, and budget-friendly access to Cisco CCIEs. Cisco-certified CCIEs are elite networking professionals who qualify for this prestigious certification by passing intense testing by Cisco.

CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is the top certification for network professionals, and indicates a person's networking skills at the master level. Individuals who succeed in both of the required tests, one written and one in a hands-on lab setting, are awarded a CCIE certificate from Cisco. Becoming a CCIE typically requires a minimum of three years of practical seasoning designing, deploying, operating, and repairing large-scale Cisco environments. Earning a CCIE credential also demands experience with Cisco devices and network software, broad knowledge of LAN/WAN technologies, and an in-depth understanding of the network protocols used on appliances such as routers, switches, bridges, and security devices. The elite CCIE certification has been voted the most technically advanced IT credential by CertMag.

The Skills of a CCIE Consultant
Cisco's CCIE certification recognizes experts with the skills and experience to handle the most challenging tasks in networking. The CCIE tests administered by Cisco are continually revised to grow along with the state of the art, concentrating on contemporary technologies and practical problems. The CCIE credential is valid for two years, and to renew it consultants have to take a Cisco recertification exam. This guarantees that CCIEs don't get stale or overly focused in order that they can offer the latest solutions to a broad range of challenges associated with the most current connectivity technology.

CCIEs are a select group of consultants. Below 3% of all Cisco qualified individuals make it to the CCIE certification, a small minority of information technology professionals in the industry. In 2010, approximately 5,000 CCIEs were estimated to be in the US. Progent retains the services of around a dozen CCIE-certified engineers on its remote and on-site network support team, which represents an exceptionally high number for an independent network support organization.

CCIEs can resolve even the most difficult issues related to network design, deployment, administration, security, and repair. CCIEs work on a privileged basis with Cisco's in-house support staff in identifying problems with IOS Software network administration tools and developing workarounds or obtaining software patches to fix problems. CCIEs represent an exceptional value because their depth of expertise enables them to resolve seemingly intractable problems quickly. In many instances, less seasoned consultants can spend many hours or even days struggling with a problem that an experienced CCIE can solve in a few minutes.

Most Progent CCIEs are not only expert at Cisco technologies, but also have a variety of recognized industry certifications such as Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and a major security credential such as CISA or CISM. This allows Progent to provide comprehensive solutions that incorporate a broad range of technologies without incurring extra expenses and interruptions managing multiple specialists.

Progent's CCIE Support Services
The vast majority of CCIEs are employed by large enterprises or national Internet providers, and so their services are not easily available to small businesses. Progent is among the few service providers that makes CCIEs accessible to support small and medium sized businesses. Also, Progent offers fast access to a CCIE-certified consultant online so that you can receive timely support for complex network problems that are hurting worker efficiency but are beyond the scope of your ordinary IT maintenance providers. Progent's CCIE engineers can tie into your environment using secure remote support technology in order to provide fast and affordable analysis and remediation of urgent network problems. To find out how to talk to a Progent CCIE for timely assistance with your network, visit Progent's Online Support Services.

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