Progent's operational structure is designed to make top network support skills available on short notice and for a reasonable cost. Progent is a leader in the IT consulting arena for being able to offer convenient, quick, and budget-friendly access to Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs). CCIEs are elite network professionals who qualify for this rare certification only after strenuous examination by Cisco.
CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is the top certification for network consultants, and indicates an individual's networking knowledge at the expert level. Individuals who pass the two required exams, one written and the other in a lab setting, are awarded a CCIE certificate from Cisco. CCIE certification typically requires a minimum of three years of practical seasoning designing, deploying, managing, and troubleshooting large-scale Cisco environments. Qualifying for a CCIE certificate also demands a familiarity with Cisco hardware and Cisco networking solutions, extensive understanding of LAN/WAN technologies, and an in-depth understanding of the protocols used on 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
The CCIE credential identifies experts with the knowledge and background to succeed in the most challenging tasks in networking. The CCIE exams given by Cisco are continually revised to grow along with the industry, concentrating on contemporary environments and practical problems. The CCIE certification is valid for two years, and to renew it consultants must take a Cisco renewal exam. This ensures that CCIEs do not get stale or too specialized so that they can provide the most advanced solutions to a broad range of challenges associated with the most advanced networking technology.
CCIEs are an elite group of consultants. Less than 3% of all Cisco qualified professionals achieve the CCIE level, a tiny fraction of IT professionals worldwide. In 2010, about 5,000 CCIEs were located in the US. Progent retains the services of around a dozen CCIEs on its phone-support and on-site IT consulting team, which is an extraordinarily high number for an independent small business IT support firm.
CCIEs can resolve even the most complex problems associated with network design, integration, management, protection, and repair. CCIEs work closely with Cisco's in-house engineers in isolating problems with Cisco IOS Software network management utilities and coming up with alternate approaches or obtaining software updates to fix problems. CCIEs represent an exceptional value since their depth of expertise allows them to solve complex problems rapidly. In many instances, less seasoned engineers can spend many hours or days struggling with a task that an experienced CCIE can solve in a few minutes.
Most Progent CCIEs are not only experienced with Cisco technologies, but also have a variety of recognized industry certifications including Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE), and a major network protection certification such as CISSP or CISA. This permits Progent to offer complete solutions that incorporate a wide range of technologies without requiring extra expenses and delays managing multiple specialists.
Progent's CCIE Support Services
The vast majority of CCIEs are employed by large enterprises or national ISPs, and so their skills are not readily available to the general public. Progent is among the rare consulting firms that makes CCIEs accessible to assist small and mid-size businesses. Also, Progent offers quick access to a CCIE-certified consultant by phone so that you can get immediate help for complex network issues that are impacting business efficiency but are outside the experience of your ordinary network support resources. Progent's CCIE support experts can tie into your network by means of the latest remote troubleshooting tools in order to provide fast and affordable analysis and remediation of urgent system problems. To learn how to contact a Progent CCIE for fast assistance with your network, visit Progent's Online Support.
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