CCIE ExpertiseProgent's organization is designed to make the best network support skills available on short notice and for a reasonable cost. Progent is a leader in the IT consulting arena for the ability to offer convenient, rapid, and cost-effective access to Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs). Cisco-certified CCIEs are sought-after network professionals who earn this prestigious certification only after intense testing by Cisco.

CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is the premier recognition for network consultants, and certifies an individual's networking skills at the master level. Candidates who succeed in the two mandatory exams, one written and one in a lab setting, receive a CCIE certificate from Cisco. Becoming a CCIE usually requires at least three years of practical experience designing, deploying, managing, and troubleshooting complex Cisco networks. Qualifying for a CCIE credential also demands a familiarity with Cisco devices and Cisco networking solutions, broad understanding of Local Area Network and Wide Area Network technologies, and an in-depth familiarity with the protocols associated with routers, switches, bridges, and security devices. The elite CCIE credential has been recognized as the most advanced IT certification by CertMag.

The Skills of a Cisco CCIE Engineer
CCIE certification identifies engineers with the skills and background to handle the most challenging assignments in networking. The CCIE exams given by Cisco are regularly revised to evolve along with the industry, focusing on current environments and real-world problems. The CCIE certification is active for two years, and to keep it current holders need to pass a Cisco renewal test. This ensures that CCIE engineers do not get out of date or overly focused so that they can provide the latest solutions to the widest range of problems associated with the most current network and security technology.

CCIEs are a select class of consultants. Below 3% of all Cisco qualified individuals make it to the CCIE credential, a small minority of information technology professionals worldwide. By 2010, approximately 5,000 CCIEs were estimated to be in the United States. Progent retains the skills of about 12 CCIE-certified engineers on its phone-support and on-site network consulting team, which represents an extraordinarily high number for an independent small business IT support company.

CCIEs can resolve even the most challenging problems associated with network planning, integration, management, security, and troubleshooting. CCIEs work closely with Cisco's internal engineers in identifying anomalies with IOS Software network management utilities and developing alternate approaches or obtaining software updates to correct problems. CCIEs represent an excellent value because their deep expertise allows them to resolve complex problems quickly. In many cases, less seasoned consultants can spend many hours or even days struggling with a task that an experienced CCIE can resolve in minutes.

Most Progent CCIEs are not only experienced with Cisco networking solutions, but have multiple advanced industry certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and a major network protection certification such as CISSP or CISM. This permits Progent to provide complete solutions that incorporate a broad array of technologies without incurring needless costs and delays orchestrating multiple consultants.

Progent's CCIE Support Services
Most CCIEs are employed by large corporations or nationwide ISPs, and so their skills are not easily available to small businesses. Progent is one of the few service firms that makes CCIEs accessible to support small and medium sized companies. Also, Progent offers fast access to a CCIE by phone so that you can receive timely support for complex network issues that are impacting worker productivity but are beyond the scope of your ordinary IT support resources. Progent's CCIE support experts can tie into your environment via sophisticated remote troubleshooting tools in order to perform fast and affordable analysis and repair of critical system problems. To learn how to talk to a Progent CCIE for fast assistance with your network, go to Progent's Remote Support Services.

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