Cisco DevNet certs jump 50%, fanned by network automation

Cisco’s DevNet certifications emphasize network programing, automation, and application-development skills.

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Software skills are becoming increasingly desirable for network engineers and architects, and the uptick in Cisco’s DevNet certification program reflects the trend. According to Cisco, there’s been more than 50% growth in the number of DevNet certifications awarded in the past year.

Cisco says it no longer gives out specific numbers, but in 2020, nearly 8,000 participants earned some 10,500 DevNet certifications, including DevNet Associate, DevNet Professional and DevNet Specialist. These DevNet certifications focus on coding, automation, network access, IP connectivity, security and application development on Cisco platforms, as well as what developers need to know about network doctrines.

Most recently, Cisco announced a new expert-level DevNet certification: Cisco Certified DevNet Expert. Exam topics for DevNet Expert are focused on software skills and include software development, deployment, and design; infrastructure as code; containers, network programmability and automation; and security.

“While CCIE topics have delved deep into the realm of protocol interaction, network design, and reliable and scalable infrastructure, with automation as part of that, the DevNet Expert takes a solid software-first approach as it pertains to the network engineer,” wrote Joe Clarke, a distinguished customer experience engineer at Cisco, in a blog announcing the new certification level.

The DevNet Expert exam is geared for network engineers who are working with new, automation-driven networks that lead to digital transformations across all industries, according to Clarke. “To deliver secure, agile networks, support the future of work, and provide capabilities at the edge, you need people who are experts at wielding software and automation to harness and shape the power of the network,” Clarke said.

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