I would like to thank the over 600 people who RSVP’d for INE’s 2013 Party at the Hard Rock Cafe in Orlando during Cisco Live. Registration is closed as of today for our party but I wanted to be the first to let everyone know about the grand prize giveaway we are doing. On top of the standard giveaway prizes (iPads, MacBook Airs, AAP Memberships, Bootcamps, etc) we are giving away a Harley Davidson 2013 XL 1200X Forty-Eight to a lucky winner during our party.
On top of the Harley Davidson 2013 XL 1200X Forty-Eight we’re having a second grand prize giveaway. Details on the second grand prize giveaway will be revealed after the drawing for the winner of the Harley Davidson at the party.
As a side note I don’t personally ride anymore but that bike really does look cool when it’s all blacked out.
Again, while not officially a blueprint change just yet, it’s clearly coming. To that end we have gone ahead and taken the initiative to add another CCIE Voice bootcamp based on the current v3 blueprint.
A quick check of the Cisco CCIE Voice testing seats just now showed that there are still plenty available – with nearly one available every day between now and November in SJC, RTP and Tokyo, and fewer, but still plenty in Brussels, Bangalore and Sydney.
Those will all go quickly, just like our bootcamp seats will, so book both soon!
Although the new blueprint hasn’t been “officially” announced yet, the CCIE Voice track is slated to become the CCIE Collaboration track this November, 2013. As of now only preliminary information is available, but per a reliable source the “CCIE Voice certification will be renamed CCIE Collaboration to reflect advances in networked collaboration solutions. The CCIE Collaboration certification will include voice, video, instant message, and presence.”
Stay tuned, as more information is likely to surface as we get closer to Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando. Speaking of which, it’s not too late to RSVP to INE’s CCIE Candidate Party at Cisco Live 2013. Hope to see you there!
Tags: ccie collaboration
Our new CCIE Security Version 4 Technology Labs and Solutions are now available in your members’ site account for customers who owned the previous CCIE Security Volume 1 or 2 workbooks. The labs are in the new HTML format like our Data Center material to ensure you always have the most up to date material along with allowing for advanced features (bookmarking, highlight tasks, etc). The full scale mock labs are in development now and are included with the Security workbook as we are doing away with the volume naming structure (Volume I, II, III, etc) and have gone to a single workbook.
Here is what is available in your members’ site account:
Section 1: System Hardening and Availability
I offered one iPad Mini but in the end I’m giving three iPad Mini’s away. The first one to the person who answered it first as stated in my original blog post. The second one to the first person to answer it and explain why point-to-multipoint resolved it which is also worthy of an iPad Mini. Finally a third to a very detailed answer that is just too good not to give an iPad Mini for. Next time we’ll do the first answer and the best answer.
Here are the winner’s answers in order listed above:
Our new “CCIE Data Center – Implementing Nexus” course is now available in AAP and members site accounts. The course is just under 18 hours in length and covers the Nexus 7k, 5k and 2k platforms. It’ll be available for direct purchase in the next few hours.
I recently added a couple Catalyst 3850′s to my development rack as we are starting to develop them internally. I’ll do a few more detailed blog posts on the Catalyst 3850 in the near future but I just wanted to show how simple it is to perform basic QoS functions using the MQC on the 3850. Below is the configuration to limit VLAN 15 traffic received on a trunk link from a router to 512k.
class-map match-any test match vlan 15 ! policy-map test class test police cir 512000 ! interface GigabitEthernet1/0/5 switchport mode trunk load-interval 30 service-policy input test
Not only is it extremely simple to configure and intuitive from an IOS perspective but you actually get output from the show policy-map command.
Rack1SW1#sho policy-map interface g1/0/5 GigabitEthernet1/0/5 Service-policy input: test Class-map: test (match-any) Match: vlan 15 police: cir 512000 bps, bc 16000 bytes conformed 18935704 bytes; actions: transmit exceeded 761225593 bytes; actions: drop conformed 0000 bps, exceed 0000 bps Class-map: class-default (match-any) Match: any Rack1SW1#
I can’t imagine having to use the 3750 or 3560 switch anymore after working on the 3850 much less doing QoS on them. Basically if you know the IOS then you already know how to configure the 3850.
Rack1SW1#sho ver | in Software Cisco IOS Software, IOS-XE Software, Catalyst L3 Switch Software (CAT3K_CAA-UNIVERSALK9-M), Version 03.02.01.SE RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1) Rack1SW1#
Tags: Cisco Catalyst 3850
Now that we’re at 12 full Service Provider CCIE racks and going to 16 racks I’ve had the price of the rentals dropped from 30 tokens to 18 tokens to be more in line with utilization. Another reason the prices were lowered – I received a lot of requests on Twitter to lower the price
First off I’d like to thank all of you that participated in beta testing both the CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook and DC Rack Rentals, and for all the constructive feedback that was submitted. Yesterday the DC rack system left beta, and is now publicly available for bookings.
Data Center rack rentals cost 20 tokens for the base topology, which includes Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and Virtual Machines. There are three add-ons to the topology, which are Nexus 2000 & SAN, UCS & SAN, and ACE 4710. Each of the add-ons cost 5 tokens apiece, which means the maximum cost for the full topology is 35 tokens per session. With bulk token pricing this equates to about $11 USD per hour for rental, which is much more affordable than any other vendor out there.
For more detailed information on how to book sessions and use the system, please see the CCIE Data Center Rack Rental Access Guide.
Before the end of the month we will also be launching a second “Mock Lab” Data Center topology that will be used for full-scale 8-hour lab scenarios. More information about the availability of rentals on this topology will be posted soon.