This weekend Mark Snow and I delivered a vSeminar on CCIE Data Center, and INE’s plans for our CCIE DC training product lines. The vSeminar, which is broken down into two sections of about an hour apiece, is now available in its recorded form below for those of you that weren’t able to join us live this weekend.

The first portion of the vSeminar deals with the hardware and software blueprint for the upcoming CCIE DC Written Exam and CCIE DC Lab Exam. Specifically this includes the following:

  • Nexus 7009 v6.0(2) w/ SUP1, 10GE F1, 10GE M1
  • Nexus 5548 v5.1(3)
  • Nexus 2232
  • Nexus 1000v v4.2(1)
  • UCS 5108 Blade Chassis
    • B200 M2 Blade Servers
    • 6248UP Fabric Interconnects v2.0(1x)
    • 6204 FEX
  • UCS C200 Series Server
  • Application Control Engine (ACE) 4710 vA5(1.0)
  • MDS 9222i v5.2(2)
  • JBODs
  • Cisco Data Center Manager software v5.2(2)
  • 2511 Router & Catalyst 3750 for mgmt access

The next section deals with the technical topics that are within the scope of the exam, and goes through a high level design overview of the hardware platforms and where their software features fit into the modern Data Center design. Specifically we have subdivided the topics into three main topic domains, which are:

  • Nexus Switching
  • Storage
  • Computing

Beyond this we talk more about our plans for delivery methods for CCIE Data Center training, the expected release schedule, and additional training domains moving forward.  Specifically the four main delivery methods we will be offering are:

  • Online & Live Onsite Classes
  • Streaming & Downloadable Videos
    • DRM free & cross platform support
  • Self-Paced Labs
  • Rack Rentals
The first of these products that we will be releasing are the Live Online Classes.  You can sign up for these classes here, which will give you access to attend the classes live, and also to the recorded versions of the classes which will be available about a week after each class’s completion.  These classes and dates are:

More details about other products such as the primer, deep dive, & troubleshooting video series, self-paced labs, rack rentals, and live onsite classes will be available within the next coming days and weeks and will be posted here on our blog.

Let us know what questions you have going forward with CCIE Data Center training, and Data Center focused training in general, as we are as excited about this brand new track addition as you are!

About Brian McGahan, CCIE #8593, CCDE #2013::13:

Brian McGahan was one of the youngest engineers in the world to obtain the CCIE, having achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching at the age of 20 in 2002. Brian has been teaching and developing CCIE training courses for over 10 years, and has assisted thousands of engineers in obtaining their CCIE certification. When not teaching or developing new products Brian consults with large ISPs and enterprise customers in the midwest region of the United States.

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30 Responses to “CCIE Data Center Kickoff vSeminar Now Available”

  1. Ali Gheidarpour says:

    Thanks Brian and Mark
    Very awesome, that was a good way to deliver the content of this vSeminar by 2 Instructors,I’m waiting for CCIE DC work books and dedicated racks for DC and also CCIE storage. yes we are so excited about the INE’s CCIE products :)

  2. Manish Salaria says:

    Hi Brian.

    Thanks for the update. CCIE DC would be in my pipeline. Hope to see you guyz in the online bootcamp.

    Happy Studying..

    Manish Salaria

  3. Krunal says:

    6204 FEX ????

    Is this new model?, I heard of only 3 models of IOM 2104,2208 and 2204.

  4. Russell says:

    On your topology diagram it might be helpful to designate which links are fibre-channel links and which links are ethernet. Was staring at the lab topology trying to figure out what was going from your MDS to the 7ks until it dawned on me that it was probably for iSCSI connectivity.

    Will the FIs (6248′s) be using FCoE northbound or FC for fibre channel connectivity? If the latter, will it be terminated in the 5548′s FC ports or straight to the MDS?

    Enjoyed the seminar and I hope to see more datacenter related stuff on the blog soon.

    • Don’t get hung up on the diagram, it’s just a high level overview representing lots of potential topologies and protocols that you can have. For example between Nexus and MDS you could run native FC, IP variations like FCIP or iSCSI, or FCoE. It really just depends on which cards and versions you have, since Nexus 5k and 7k don’t support all the same features. These are the type of details that we’ll be covering a lot in class because there’s tons of caveats about what is and what isn’t supported in the different platform and version combinations. For the FIs to Nexus, to MDS, and to SAN directly the same is true. We’ll be showing variations where you go to Nexus with native FC, with FCoE, where you go to MDS or the SAN directly with FC or FCoE, etc. Even though storage isn’t going to be a huge portion of the exam it still warrants its own class plus primer video series because there’s so many combinations of design that you can have and that we need to show.

    • Also in the actual classes, videos, and labs, the links will be labeled so you’ll know which is Ethernet, FC, FCIP, iSCSI, etc. so it’ll be clearer.

  5. Kenny says:

    You guys are awesome! i can’t wait for the new offerings to be released!

    will AAP cover the other vendor training as well?

  6. Deepak says:

    Can you please confirm if you guys will be coming up with DC Workbooks as well

    Also how you guys are planning to bridge the gap between people who don’t have much prior exp. with 7600/6500/4500, since so far CCIE R&S covers up to 3560s which are very different form Chassis based platforms and supports lots of gr8 features like VSS.

    Also CCIE-DC Written prep will be important which consists of some other few topics like IO Consolidation etc

    • Yes, we will be doing self-paced labs (i.e. workbooks) but they’ll be in a different format than they have been in the past. Bridging that gap will be done by the “Primer”, “Deep Dive”, and “Troubleshooting” classes. DC Written likely won’t be a separate product domain, as the other products will already encompass it.

  7. Nadeem Rafi says:

    Both videos were great. Thanks for these.

  8. Deepak says:

    Little feedback on V-Seminar : Recently there have been different vendors launching DC Track material or proposing DC track material down the line by doing V-Seminars.

    Now I must say your V-Seminar was not only at different level in terms of quality and contents/details it has covered but also the way you are going to put up material together in near future.

    Also there is no doubt about the quality. Even this V-seminar was an eye opener for people like me which don’t have much DC exp yet.

    Thanks for excellent V-Seminar & staying on Top of Industry Demand.

    Two quick questions :

    > The classes currently announced should be considered at which level – Primer or Deep Dive or TS ?

    > I am long waiting for you guys to come up with Design Courses (Specially by Current INE Team). Prime reason is now after two CCIEs, I would probably want to spend some good time learning about Design. I was actually hoping for CCDE bootcamp COD to be added soon in AAP.

    • The classes currently on the schedule (Nexus at end of August, Storage at end of September, Computing at end of October) are specifically the CCIE level classes. These are above and beyond the Primer, Deep Dive, and Troubleshooting. Those three types of videos will focus more on the technologies outside the scope of CCIE specifically. Design is on the roadmap as well.

  9. Kerry says:

    When are you guys planning to release the DC workbooks. can we buy them as a separate product with out the VOD series.

    • We explain in the video that we will be releasing labs vs a more traditional workbook for everything in the DC line. This will inclue “Primer Labs”, “Deep Dive Labs”, “Troubleshooting Labs” and full “8-hour Mock Labs”.
      We will begin releasing them shortly.

  10. pligg.com says:

    CCIE Data Center Kickoff vSeminar Now Available…

    This weekend Mark Snow and I delivered a vSeminar on CCIE Data Center, and INE’s plans for our CCIE DC training product lines. The vSeminar, which is broken down into two sections of about an hour apiece, is now available in its recorded form below for…

  11. John says:

    Hi Brian, Mark,

    Nice vseminar..

    Can you let me know how are you writing on the screen behind you. What are you using to do this… – it looks very handy…..

    cant wait for the bootcamps..


  12. Neo says:

    Nice Review..

    I Have Question.

    What is the Pre-Req for CCIE DATA CENTER TRACK. I have good knowledge of R&S and CCNP.
    Second. How to proceed for CCIE Data Center Track. Direct with the boot camp mentioned above or wait for the Modular Based Material. ?

    Third. Will this Boot Camp Cover the CCIE Data Center Written Material?


  13. Zeus says:


    Are there any plans to offer ccde boot camps and workbooks?

  14. Kunal says:

    Brian/Mark –

    I am planning to attend the upcoming online sessions for all 3 domains. Would attending that training suffice for preparing for the DC written exam or would more training be needed to pass the written?

  15. Alexander Lim says:

    Awesome INE!!!

  16. Shahid says:

    Still waiting for the recommended reading list.


  17. Shahid says:


  18. andrew clure says:

    Hi Brian/Mark, just quick question.

    For experienced networking guys the steeper learning curve is probably more likely to be on the UCS/virtualisation/Strorage side, but what advice can you give to the server guys (like me) who have done lots of work with UCS and virtualsiation (and storage) but probably haven’t done as much on the Nexus networking side of things?



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