Yes, the JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional is worth it, but only for certain data center professionals. Juniper’s Junos operating system is a unique tool for managing data center networks that’s very different from its competitors and alternatives. The JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional is worth it because if a company is using Juniper technologies, only a Juniper cert can reassure them that their team of data center professionals is fully trained.
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Juniper JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional (JN0-681) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
The JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional costs $400. All of Juniper’s professional-level certifications (the JNCIP series) cost $400. But even though the JNCIP-DC costs $400, that isn’t the total cost of earning the cert. You’ll have to pay a total of at least $900 to earn the JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional because the JNCIA ($200) and JNCIS ($300) are prerequisites. On top of that, you might also want to pay for high-quality training before risking $900 on exams.
Yes, the JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional is difficult. The JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional is a difficult exam because it focuses so much on knowledge of advanced configurations and tools that are particular to Juniper devices and the Junos OS. You have to study for the JNCIP-DC specifically, you can’t rely on experience from different networks and different vendors to get you through the difficult JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional exam.
Yes, the JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional expires three years after you earn it. Although the JNCIP-DC only remains valid for three years, you can recertify any time during those three years. Taking a course at a higher level recertifies all lower certifications, as does taking a recertification exam for the same level or taking continuing education courses through Juniper.
The key to studying for the JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional is with a course that has opportunities for practicing what you’re learning. There’s no point reading and studying to pass the JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional if you can’t actually perform any of the configuration or management tasks on the test. That’s why finding a course with virtual labs and practice environments is the single best way to study for the JNCIP-DC: Data Center Professional.