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Objective & Syllabus:

The global workplace is undergoing a sea change due to the advanced technology and enhanced infrastructure. Four critical aspects are changing the way people work. Business o interactions or transactions between person to person or person to the organization are changing beyond imagination.

First and the biggest disruption is ‘WORK FROM ANYWHERE’possibility. Remote workers are taking over the workforce like never before. Organizations are no longer interested in knowing where the employees are, they just want to get the things done by providing them with the right tools and access to relevant information which can help them make business decisions without losing any time. By the end of 2019, almost 19% of the global workforce was working remotely. In the coming two years, the percentage of remote workers in the global workforce is expected to reach 40%. That is a huge operational, organizational, cultural and financial disruption in the traditional ‘work from office’ concept. That means people will be working from their homes, coffee shops or even traveling or on their mobile devices. Organizations will have to provide them with the same kind of experience that they get in the office.

 The second trend which is sweeping the workforce is the inclusion of AI and Machine learning in the collaboration industry. As of 2019, almost 53% of organizations globally had smart meeting rooms which are playing a very significant role in transforming the business processes and decision-making processes. It is estimated that 40% of these meeting rooms are going to be managed and controlled by virtual assistants.

 On the other side of the spectrum, organizations cannot ignore customer experience. Collaboration solutions and services are helping organizations maintain and improve the end-user experience which is critical for business growth and success. Most of the customers are going to make their buying decisions not based on the product or the price but based upon the customer experience. Mobile applications are the next example of this trend. 

The fourth trend is about managing security postures and compliance guidelines in the business processes end to end irrespective of the industry and geography.              

Organizations across the globe are looking for professionals who can take care of changing dynamics of the Collaboration initiatives to meet the above-mentioned trends. They are looking for skilled and certified professionals who can take care of the Collaboration solutions and services end-to-end. Due to the ever-growing scope of innovative business applications and availability requirements, these professionals are acquiring new age skillsets. Cisco’s CCIE Collaboration v3 is a critical step in empowering collaboration professionals to meet and surpass these expectations.

According to the Uptime Institute Annual Data Center Survey 2019, 50% of workloads will be based outside the enterprise data centers by 2021. The same report estimates 14.6 Bn IoT devices by 2022. Cisco Complete VNI Forecast 2018 suggests a 42% annual growth in business mobile traffic from 2017 to 2022. That is a huge shift in the way people are working from ‘The Office’ to the ‘Remote or Mobile Workers’. Organizations will have to cater to the needs and demands of this mobile workforce without compromising with the information availability, security/compliance, and user experience. Collaboration technologies, solutions, and services can take care of this enormous challenge.

CCIE Collaboration



Network Complexity of Hyperconnected Organizations

(Courtesy– Cisco Networking Trends Report 2020)

Cisco has launched updates to its flagship certification program to reflect the rapidly changing technology demands and adoption patterns in the industry.‘Be Job-ready Today, tomorrow and Beyond’ is the main theme behind the revamp of the certification program. The revamped certification program reflects the changing needs from the market and the way Cisco is catering to their demands and needs.

The CCIE Collaboration lab exam v2.0 was aimed at testing skillsets related to the Collaboration solutions integration, interoperation, configuration and troubleshooting in complex networks and the challenges of video, mobility, and presence.

With the evolving technologies and the sophisticated demands from the industry, Cisco has revised its focus on validating the competence and skillsets of a CCIE to reflect the changing dynamics and future needs of the industry.

Professionals with CCIE certificates can no longer afford to restrict themselves to the troubleshooting, Diagnosing and Configuring tasks in the network. The industry is demanding them to play a far bigger and complex role to set up, operate and maintain their ever-changing network needs. The new CCIECollaboration lab exam v3 is aimed at assessing and validating the candidate’s skills through the entire lifecycle of designing, deploying, operating and optimizing complex Collaboration technology and solutions deployments.

As it is called, Cisco has rebooted the Certification program to enable a CCIE to take care of Day 0, Day 1 and Day 1 of the network life cycle. It means a CCIE should be able to look after design on day zero, they should be able to deploy and configure the solution on Day 1 followed by operating, managing and optimizing it on day 1. This is the entire philosophy behind the certification revamp. The other aspect which has played a very important role is the focus on Automation and Network Programmability.

It essentially means that the CCIE certification program has been revamped completely based on the updated syllabus to meet the present and future needs of the industry, examination method (lab structure) to validate skillsets across the network lifecycle and the marking system to match the difficulty rating and weightage.


CCIE Collaboration V3.0

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The CCIE Collaborationv2.0 lab exam was aimed at covering the following topics:


Lab Exam (%)
   Protocols and APIs
   Infrastructure and Quality of Services
   Call Control and Dial plan
   Endpoints, User Management, and Mobility
   Edge Services
   Media Resources, Meetings, and Call Recording
   Collaboration Applications


Whereas the CCIECollaboration v3 will assess the following topics:


Lab Exam (%)
   Protocols and APIs
   Infrastructure and Quality of Services
   Call Control and Dial plan
   Endpoints, User Management
   Edge Services
   Media Resources and Meetings
   Collaboration Applications and Services


For detailed exam topics for CCIE Data Center v3 lab exam please visit:



The nature of the lab exam and the scoring method:

In the outgoingCCIE Collaboration lab exam v2.0, the following is the structure of the lab exam:

The 8-hour CCIE Collaboration lab exam version 2.0 is composed of three independent exam modules:

                2 Hour – Troubleshoot Module

                1 Hour – Diagnostic Module

                5 Hours – ConfigurationModule

In the first module i.e. Troubleshoot module, candidates are provided incidents that are independent of each other. The resolution of one incident does not depend on the resolution of the other. The topology used in this module is different than the topology used in the configuration module. All the devices and appliances used here are completely virtualized.

The diagnostic module is 60 minutes in length. This module focuses on the skills required to diagnose issues in the collaboration network. Candidates are not provided with access to actual collaboration devices and applications. Candidates are provided with a set of documents that represent a realistic situation that the collaboration engineer may have to face in the real-world scenarios.

The Configuration module mirrors the actual production collaboration network. During this module, the candidate may get access to virtual instances of Cisco Collaboration appliances as well as physical devices. Configuration &Troubleshooting module in the CCIE Collaboration lab exam v2.0 tests hands-on practical capabilities. It improves the reliability of the lab exam by focusing on technology concepts, troubleshooting, diagnosing and configuring skills rather than testing specific hardware platform features, software knowledge, and management.

The sequence of the three lab modules is fixed. The Troubleshoot module is followed by the Diagnostic and Configuration Module. You cannot go back and forth between the modules and the Diagnostics module is fixed for 60 minutes.




Passing Marks –

To pass the CCIECollaborationlab exam v2.0, candidates must meet two conditions

  1. The examinee must meet or exceed the minimum score on all the three modules


 2. The examinee’s total score (the sum of each of the three modules must meet or exceed the overall lab-exam cut score)

Failure to meet either of these criteria results in failing the lab exam. There are instances when the candidate has achieved the minimum score required in all the three modules and has still failed in the exam. This failure is due to not meeting the second criterion of the total score.

This criterion was aimed at making sure that the CCIE must have competency in all three areas (Troubleshooting, Diagnostics, and Configuration). Candidates cannot neglect one module and concentrate on the remaining to pass the exam.





The lab exam for the CCIE COLLABORATION  v3 is as follows:

The lab exam is divided into 2 modules that have fixed time and sequence.

Module 1 –Design (3 Hours)

Module 2 – Deploy, Operate and Optimize (5 Hours)





Candidates who fail the exam will be given a report specifying the scoring percentages domain wise for the modules they passed or failed.



CCIE Collaboration lab exam and syllabus are designed in such a way that the skillsets of the examinee get validated most efficiently. The syllabus covers the topics which are most relevant for the candidates based on their job roles and organizational needs. The candidate’s skillsets get validated across the lifecycle of the network. Successful candidates are ready with the Automation and Network Programmability knowledge since both these buzzword modules are covered in the CCIE Collaboration lab exam.

Successful completion of the CCIE Collaboration lab exam puts you ahead of all the other candidates who are competing with you for the coveted post or the job. Large organizations and corporates are looking for candidates who can take care of the complete lifecycle of their networks while being ready for the upcoming technologies.

Achieving CCIE Collaboration certification after passing the lab exam means that the candidate is ready with the most advanced knowledge of the Collaborationsolutions lifecycle. His capacity to be able to understand, practically apply and manage the Collaborationtechnologies is validated.



Markets are looking for capable, knowledgeable and certified Collaboration engineers. CCIE Collaborationprofessionals can factor in emerging technologies along with in-depth technical skills and knowledge to support business-critical initiatives and contribute to business outcomes.

CCIE certification by Cisco has been the gold standard of the networking prowess for a long time. Revamped CCIE program such as CCIE collaboration v3 is the next step in this direction. Markets have an idea about the skills and knowledge possessed by CCIE certified professionals. It helps candidates get better job opportunities across the globe.

CCIE certification opens up the global job market for professionals. The CCIE program is a well-known and well-received career certification across the continents.



CCIE candidates can get Collaboration solution Architect, CollaborationSenior engineer, Collaborationengineer kind of roles. These are responsible and performance-oriented leadership posts that can fetch a good salary for the right candidates.

Irrespective of the industry verticals and domains, CCIEs are always in demand due to the rigor, integrity and brand value associated with the certification program and the candidate who has gone through the whole nine yards of preparation, practice, and examination to prove his mettle.



This certification is for experienced professionals who are seeking future proof skillsets that are needed for technical leadership roles focussed on harnessing the in-depth IT Collaboration solutions and emerging technologies.

Candidates who are looking for a long term career in the Collaborationindustry are the right candidates for the CCIE. CCIE is not something that can be attempted as a pastime if you are not committed enough. Professionals who have worked in the collaboration function for 5-7 years are the right candidates for the CCIE provided they have enough fire and hunger in them to achieve this pinnacle of networking certification in the world.

The CCIE certification is the best option for candidates who are expected to deliver expert-level problem-solving skills to support complex collaboration technologies and topologies.

It is the best career enhancement tool for the students and IT professionals who are looking for an internationally recognized certification to improve their job growth prospects.



As per the CISCO certification guidelines, there is no prerequisite for attempting the CCIE lab exam except the candidate needs to clear core technology exam CLCOR (350-801). Candidate need not complete CCNP or CCNA to appear for the CCIE lab exam.



Many of us have been working towards CCIE Collaboration for a long time. We need to keep working on the same; we’ll receive the credit for work completed in the current program.


  1. If you have passed the current CCIE Collaborationv2.0written exam (400-051) before Feb 24th, 2020, you can go for the CCIE Collaboration v2.0 lab exam till April 26th,2020. After 27th April 2020, you are eligible to attempt the CCIEData Center v3lab exam within 3 years of passing the written v2.0 exam (400-051).
  2. If you pass CLCOR 350-801 which will replace the current CCIE Collaboration Written v2.0 exam (400-051). Once350-801 is available on Feb 24th, 2020, you are eligible to attempt the CCIE Collaboration v3 lab exam within three years of passing the CLCORexam.
  3. If you complete the entire CCIECollaboration v2.0 certification on or before April 26th, 2020, then on April 27th, 2020 you will automatically receive the new CCIE Collaborationv3 certification. You will also receive the Cisco Certified Specialist –Collaboration Core certification.
  4. IF you have an active CCNP or have passed an exam that will be made equivalent to a technology core exam after migration, you will be able to attempt the CCIE lab exam within 3 years from the date of passing the exam equivalent to the core exam CLCOR (350-801). That means if you have cleared CIPTV1 (300-700) and CIPTV2 (300-075) then you will receive Cisco Certified Specialist – Collaboration Core certificate. After achieving this core certificate, you are eligible to attempt the CCIE Collaborationv3 lab exam within 3 years of passing the three exams mentioned before.
  5. If you are an active CCIECollaboration v2.0as of April 26th, 2020, you will receive a newCCIE Data Center v3 certificate. The validity of the original CCIE Collaborationv2.0 (two years) remains unchanged. With the new CCIE program, recertification will be required every three years. Current CCIE Data Center v2.0recertification requirement is after every two years
  6. CCIE Suspended status will be retired as of Feb 24th, 2020. If you are in a suspended status as of Feb 24, 2020, your certification will be considered active for the remainder of the suspended term. To remain active after the suspended term, CCIEs will have to meet new recertification requirements. For example, if your suspended status ends on May 5, 2020, your CCIE will become active on Feb 24th, 2020and will expire on May 5th, 2020 unless new recertification requirements are met.
  7. For recertification details, please get in touch with us at Octa Networks or visit the Cisco website.



What is OctaNetworks?

Octa Networks is one of the leading trusted and preferred Training providers in India offering high-quality result oriented training for various courses like Cisco, AWS, Microsoft, VMware, AWS, Palo Alto, Huawei, Juniper to companies and clients all over the world.

The main objective of training students and professionals for the CCIE Collaboration is to make sure that they understand the subject and are ready to implement the knowledge in real-life scenarios. Making students job-worthy in the specific domain of technology and getting it validated in the form of CCIE certification is the core of the success of the Octa Networks team. The best CCIE training institute in India, Octa Networks provides expert training and robust infrastructure for developing your enterprise networking specific technology and deployment skillsets supplemented with vendor-neutral industry knowledge. Octa Networks makes sure that the students get real-world network implementation and troubleshooting experience/skills that the market demands which in turn differentiates them from the rest of the crowd.



  • Assess Industry needs & trends
    • Select most relevant course material & delivery channels
    • Continuously assess &upgrade courses, equipment, and material
    • Identify & analyze student needs
    • Training solutions aligned to industry standards & student needs



  • Instructor-led Online Training
    • Classroom Training
    • Corporate Training
    • Fly Me a Trainer
    • 1 on 1 Training



Octa Networks is the most renowned institute for CCIE Collaboration training in Mumbai. Faculties at Octa Networks are well trained and certified. Please visit our website for further details on the infrastructure availability and the equipment list.

Our training methodology is completely based on reference exam blueprints, equipment list and recommended study resources which are used to enhance networking skillsets such as Technology theory, problem-Solving, Configuration, Monitoring & Troubleshooting.

At the foundation of training delivery are three core deliverables:

  • Assess
  • Evaluate &
  • Validate


Octa Networks team is committed to following the critical trio in our training approach.

  • Knowledge
  • Adoption &
  • Retention

 Imparting relevant knowledge, assessing whether knowledge is received by the students followed by making sure that they retain and use the know-how in their daily routine work at their office is the ultimate goal of any training program.

We at Octa Networks train with the inherent objective of immersive and interactive training techniques which are based on reinforcement of theory&its practical implementation in real-world scenarios.

Octa Networks team is geared up to take care of students with different learning and communication styles followed by language barriers and cultural differences.

Octa Networks attracts students and professionals from diverse backgrounds and various nationalities from different parts of the world. OctaNetworks has trained a lot of students from the Middle-East, Europe and a lot of African, Asian backgrounds.

Please feel free to visit our website to get all the information related to the integrated course training program, placement assistance, soft-skills development, and other aspects.

Please feel free to get back to us for any clarifications/queries.

                Weare looking forward to working with you on your CCIE training journey.


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