The CCIE Data Center exam is finally upon us, and it looks like we’re getting more testing dates than we were originally told to expect. Each of the 4 sites that currently tests the CCIE Storage (San Jose, Brussels, Sydney and Tokyo) each get one day per week to test the DC lab on. So on average, there should be about 4 DC seats per site per month, or roughly 16 seats available worldwide per month. Then, beginning in February, RTP gets the Wednesday slot, and since they are only open 2-3 Wednesdays per month (a strange but common day off there I suppose), we will see roughly 2-3 spots added for the DC lab beginning then. Finally, the very rough timeframe to ramp up on testing racks, and therefore add additional CCIE DC seats, is set to takeoff sometime around July according to sources.
Also, for anyone wanting to get a last minute testing date in even this week, the RTP site just went live a few hours ago with additional seats for this Saturday and Sunday (Dec 15-16). Jump online to book those seats, as they’ll go quickly. Routing and Switching, Voice, Security and Service Provider are all open this weekend.
About Mark Snow, CCIE #14073:
Mark Snow has been actively working with data and traditional telephony as a Network Consulting Engineer since 1995, and has been working with Cisco Call Manager and voice-over technology since 1998. Mark has been actively teaching and developing content for the CCIE Voice track since 2005, and the Security track since 2007. Mark's story with both data and voice technology started out quite young, as he began learning around the age of five from his father who was a patented inventor and a research scientist at AT&T Bell Laboratories. Mark started out on Unix System V and basic analog telephony, and went on from there to large data networking projects with technologies such as Banyan Vines, IPX and of course IP, and large phone systems such as Nortel 61c, Tadiran Coral, Avaya Definity and of course Cisco Unified Communications Manager in both enterprise and 911 PSAP environments across the US and internationally. Mark is also an accomplished pilot and punched his ticket in 2001. When Mark isn't learning, labing, consulting or teaching, he can be found either piloting or possibly jumping out of a perfectly good airplane, hanging off a rock somewhere or else skiing out west. He also might just be enjoying a quiet day at the beach with his wife and two wonderful young kids, Ryleigh and Judah.
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