The word from Cisco is that there will be no changes for the Voice CCIE lab anytime soon.  The earliest “changes” will be June/July 2009.  I wasn’t sure if it meant changes will be announced then or changes will be implemented then.  I’ll talk to the speaker (Ben Ng) on the next break to try and get more details on the date of the announcement and the date of the actual changes.  The new version of CallManager will be between 5 and 7 ;)

The word “video” was thrown around when talking about changes for the Voice lab.  This is the second time I’ve heard video mentioned in regards to voice lab changes.  There was a joke about the Voice CCIE becoming the UC CCIE (Unified Communications CCIE).  That actually sounded pretty logical to me.

There were a few people who complained about the current Voice CCIE lab containing outdated software and hardware.  The speaker mentioned that Cisco is aware of these concerns and they will be addressed in the next lab update but the versions currently used are widely deployed in the field.

About Brian Dennis, CCIE #2210:

Brian Dennis has been in the networking industry for more than 22 years, with a focus on Cisco networking for the past 16 years. Brian achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching in 1996, and is currently the only ten year CCIE that holds five CCIE certifications. Prior to working with INE, Brian taught and developed CCIE preparation courses for various well known training organizations. Brian not only brings his years of teaching experience to the classroom, but also years of real world enterprise and service provider experience.

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