Progent's organizational structure is optimized to make top IT skills accessible quickly and for a reasonable cost. Progent is a leader in the IT consulting arena for being able to offer easy, quick, and budget-friendly access to Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIEs). Cisco-certified CCIEs are elite networking professionals who qualify for this rare certification only after intense testing by Cisco.
CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) is the top certification for networking engineers, and indicates a person's technical skills at the expert level. Candidates who pass both of the mandatory tests, one written and one in a hands-on lab setting, receive a CCIE certificate from Cisco. Becoming a CCIE typically takes at least three years of real-world experience designing, deploying, managing, and troubleshooting large-scale Cisco networks. Qualifying for a CCIE certificate also demands a familiarity with Cisco devices and Cisco networking software, broad knowledge of LAN and WAN mechanisms, and a detailed familiarity with the protocols used on appliances such as routers, switches, bridges, and security devices. The prestigious CCIE certification has been voted the most advanced IT certification by CertMag.
The Capabilities of a CCIE Engineer
Cisco's CCIE certification recognizes engineers with the skills and background to handle the most difficult assignments in networking. The CCIE tests administered by Cisco are continually updated to evolve with network technology, concentrating on contemporary environments and practical problems. The CCIE credential is valid for two years, and to renew it engineers have to take a Cisco recertification test. This ensures that CCIE engineers don't get out of date or overly specialized so that they can provide the most advanced solutions to a broad array of problems involving the most current network and security products and technology.
CCIEs are a select class of consultants. Below 3% of all Cisco accredited individuals make it to the CCIE level, a small fraction of information technology workers worldwide. By 2010, approximately 5,000 CCIEs were located in the US. Progent retains the skills of about a dozen CCIE-certified engineers on its phone-support and on-site IT support group, which represents an extraordinarily large number for a publicly accessible network service firm.
CCIEs can handle the most difficult problems involving network design, integration, management, security, and repair. CCIEs work closely with Cisco's in-house engineers in isolating anomalies with Cisco IOS Software network administration tools and coming up with workarounds or obtaining software updates to resolve problems. CCIEs represent an exceptional value since their deep experience allows them to resolve seemingly intractable problems quickly. In common cases, less seasoned engineers can burn up hours or even days wrestling with a task that an experienced CCIE can solve in minutes.
The majority of Progent CCIEs are not only experienced with Cisco networking solutions, but have multiple recognized industry certifications such as Microsoft MCSE, and an important security credential such as CISSP or CISA. This allows Progent to offer end-to-end solutions that address a wide range of IT products without incurring needless costs and delays managing too many consultants.
Progent's CCIE Support Services
The vast majority of CCIEs are employed by large enterprises or national Internet providers, and so their help is not easily available to the general public. Progent is one of the rare support providers that makes CCIEs available to support small and mid-size companies. In addition, Progent offers fast contact with a CCIE by phone so that you can get timely help for urgent network issues that are hurting business productivity but are outside the scope of your ordinary IT support personnel. Progent's CCIE consultants can connect to your environment using state-of-the-art on-line troubleshooting technology in order to perform fast and economical analysis and remediation of urgent network problems. To find out how to talk to a Progent CCIE for fast assistance with your IT infrastructure, go to Progent's Remote Support.
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