INE would like to send a big congratulations out to our very own Brian McGahan, who just moments ago took and passed the Cisco CCDE exam! Numbers are still forthcoming, but this being the first exam given in 2013, may well be CCDE #2013::1. Brian will be writing a more in-depth blog post here, outlining some of the more fundamental aspects related to reading and studying for the exam, but in the interim, we just wanted to say CONGRATULATIONS!!

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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105 Responses to “Congratulations to Brian McGahan on Passing CCDE!”

  1. Brandon Mangold (@nkrypted) says:

    Absolutely deserved! Congrats man!

  2. Oliver says:

    Congrats Brian on this wonderful achievement !!!

  3. N1x says:

    Congratulations , you really deserve it!

  4. Shiran Guez says:

    Congratulations Brian :-)

  5. stoege says:

    congrats brian !!!

  6. Ben Cruz says:

    Congratulations!!! :)

  7. ccie99999 says:

    Congratulations Brian, ine community is proud of you!

  8. Diogo says:

    Its great!

    Congrats Brian!

  9. David Spudich, CCIE #28627 says:

    Congratulations Brian! Hope that you`ll bring up CCDE related material soon ;-)

  10. Marcio Costa says:

    Congrats Brian !! Well done !!

  11. Dennis Day says:

    Congratulation Brian

  12. Akash says:


  13. Norbert Zehetner says:

    Congratulations Brian! Really awesome!

  14. Daniel Dib says:

    Congrats Brian!

    Now tell us how to do it! :)

  15. Oladeji Fagbewesa says:

    Congratulations Brian! You are Blessed.

  16. Sadraque Cunha says:


  17. Joe Brunner says:

    Great work Brian!

    Your posts have been even more thrilling and useful on group study lately…

    Hope it was fun and a good marker towards your CCA.


  18. Mani says:

    Congrats Quadruple CCIE man :)

  19. Tom Kacprzynski says:

    Awesome news congratulations Brian!

  20. Dang says:

    WOOO!! Very nice!! Congratulations Brian!!!

  21. Idris says:

    HOLY COW! Congratulations!

    Top Man!

  22. Gilbert says:

    Congratulations Brian,

    one of the best instructors I have ever seen got his CCDE. This is awesome.


  23. Antonio Soares says:

    Congratulations !

  24. Ray says:

    Way to go Brian!! Congrats!

  25. Steve Di Bias says:

    Congrats, Brian!!!

  26. Gbenga Ogunniran says:

    Congrats, Brain !!!, U are my best Instructor.

  27. Arnaud says:

    Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Congratulations Brian!

  28. Hubert Hinsley says:

    Congrats Brian! :)

  29. zeus says:

    BM rocks!!! When are you releasing the preparation material now so poor chaps like me can pass the test :-)

  30. Tsrinivas says:

    Many Many congradulations

  31. Dan says:

    Congrats Brian and well deserved!

  32. bhardley says:

    Congratulations Brian!!

  33. IP says:

    Wow, what a great achievement, congratulation master Brian ;)

  34. rags says:

    Congratulation Brian :)

  35. Pipatpong Samranpit says:

    Congratulation, Brian !!! :)

  36. Yanjan says:

    Congrats Brain,
    Hope you will soon come up with CCDE materials.

    I love the way you make people understand the technology.

  37. Yanjan says:

    You are my favorite instructor

  38. Minh says:

    Congrats Brian! You are my best instructor too!!!!

  39. Nadeem Rafi says:


  40. Roie says:

    Congratulations Brian, Where you have the time for this ?

  41. mhonsky says:

    Congratulations BrianM!!! You are really a network geek! ;)

  42. Mauricio Carral says:

    Congratulations Brian!!

  43. Gary Chew says:

    Yo Brian, Congratulations on getting CCDE title! Please share your experience with us yea! :D

  44. Frank Wagner says:

    Hey Brian, i’m very pleased to see you become ccde. Great motivation. Fantastic work.

  45. Yaser AL Yusuf says:

    MABROOOOOOOOOOK = Congratulations Brian …. You own us a party :)

  46. Ibrahim says:

    Congrats Brian!!! you continually motivate us in our journey to expectdom :) )

  47. Manouchehr says:

    Congratulations Brian, Your really deserve it, Enjoy!

  48. dayoojediran says:

    Brian, you are the best. Congrats man ! ! !

  49. Boris says:

    Congrats, really you deserved it.

  50. Aliou Dia says:

    Congrats Brian

  51. Hassan says:

    Congats Brian , sure soon you will add the fifth one in DC

  52. DEEN BANDHU says:

    Congrats, Brain sir. You are the great

  53. Maher El Zein says:

    CONGRATULATIONS BRIAN!, I believe soon INE will be able to release CCDE training. :D

  54. Huck says:


  55. Brannen says:


  56. Tariq Sheikh says:

    Congratulations Brian ! You truly deserve the honor :)

  57. Deepak Arora says:

    Congrats Brian !!!!

    I just dream to be CCDE in coming years still ;-)

    Hope now you would be able to bring Self Placed CCDE material for us who are waiting to gain Design Level Skills.

  58. Slobodan says:


  59. Michael Law says:

    Congratulations Brain!! We’re all excited to see you achieve more and follow in your footsteps.


  60. Prakash Kalsaria says:

    Congrats Brain !!!

  61. Jon says:

    Congratulations Brian! Any plan for CCDE training?

  62. Daniel Koto says:

    Congratulations Brian!!!!

  63. Zeus says:

    Brian you are such a great ambassador for Cisco certifications :) because of you passing CCDE, I suddenly feel energized and want to pass this test. Cisco should love you how you influence people like me to pursue their certs.

  64. Mauricio Harley, CCIE #36837 says:

    Congrats, Brian,

    You deserve it.

    I know your skills and competence. INE’s materials, specially those ones presented by you and B. Dennis are awesome. They were key points to help me achieving my number.

  65. Dan Elvedosa says:

    Congratulations Brian!

  66. Ahmed Moawad says:

    Congrats Brian .. !
    Waiting training in CCDE :)

  67. Narayan Neupane says:

    Congratulations Brian!

  68. Ciprian says:

    Congratulations !

    Experience, hard work and dedication is the recipe of succes and you own every piece of these !!

    Congrats again !

  69. Adrian says:

    Congratulations! this is a major accomplishment.

  70. kenyonej says:

    Dude, you did it! Man! I’m gonna meet you guys for the first time (hopefully) at Cisco Live! Congrats!!!

  71. Kenny says:

    Hi Brian,

    Have you been performance enhancing drugs?

  72. Palash Barua says:

    congratulation man you really deserve it and hope you continue to make more big success in your life

  73. George Joseph says:

    Congratulation for the terrific achievement Brian:-) Looking forward to read your success story!!!

  74. Iman says:

    Congrats Brian .. This is very great achievement …

  75. Sam says:

    Congrats Brian…v happy 4u

  76. Yogesh says:

    Brian is a genius! INE please start training for CCDE as well as the Video track which was just released. I think the wireless is also long pending.

  77. arun says:

    Congrats Brian

  78. Ashraf Esmat 3xCCIE#19158 says:

    Congratualtions, just tell us how you did it :)

  79. strangerq says:

    Large amount of awe, at the greatest CCIE trainer in the world bar none. (you helped me get my #)


    I have a question about your training for Nexus though.

    You were using server software that loads a TCP circuit, to test throughput.

    What was that called? (I can’t find the place in the video)

  80. Dan Devlin says:

    Congrats Brian!!

  81. Kiwi_Pak says:

    Congratulations, Great news and really happy for you.
    I hope INE will release Workbooks and Videos for Wireless..!!!

  82. hammad says:

    Brian McGahan
    Very Very Very Congratulations for Passing CCDE.

  83. Dion says:

    Did we expect anything less! well done man.

  84. AlexRibas(Brazil) says:

    Congratulations, hopefully soon hold a bootcamp in INE :)

  85. Hassan Besher says:

    WOW, congrats Brian you deserve it , hard work always pays off :D :D

  86. Deepak Sharma says:

    Congratulations Brian!!!
    I am sure soon there will be more CCDE here on ine. You did it now help us achieving it like you for other tracks.

  87. John Marshal (RS/SP) says:

    Congrats brain sir… great achievements!!! Feeling proud of you sir…

  88. Mohit says:

    Wow. This is a wonderful news .

  89. Mahir Ali Ahmed says:

    Congratulation Brian, You are the best, Looking forward for the CCDE training. Hope you have time for that :)

  90. Fred Schulze says:

    Congrats Brian!
    We would like to see some CCDE prep classes :)

  91. Zu Kodiang says:

    Gratz Man..

    Teach me how to be Pro ^__^

  92. Shakeer says:

    Congratulations Brain. Really surprising , how you are managing time ?

    Any suggestions please ……………………..

  93. Leandro Almeida says:

    Crongetulations … Amazing..

  94. Titus W says:

    Congrats Brian! That’s why I’ve stuck with ine all this time..the Brians are the best!


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