First off where are we at with the Data Center CCIE rental racks? INE is going to offer two types of Data Center rental racks. The first option is a modular rack option where you can rent Nexus 2ks, Nexus 5ks, Nexus 7ks, MDS 9222i, ACE 4710, UCS, etc on a per device basis. This is a new system we developed where you select the devices you want to access during your rental session. The second option are the full scale Data Center racks which include everything on Cisco’s CCIE Data Center hardware list. The first option is designed to enable someone to learn the technologies and features without having to pay for a full rack while the second option is designed for someone who is doing our full scale Data Center labs.

What about Data Center CCIE workbook labs? We will have the Data Center CCIE workbooks releasing and racks available the third week of March which is less than a month away. Of course the big difference with INE’s Data Center workbook products is that you will be able to actually rent racks to do the labs in the workbooks and use your existing tokens! The workbooks will be bundled as a single Data Center CCIE workbook solution and not a confusing jumble of volumes and add-on products you need to buy to prepare for the lab.

Next week we will be releasing our new Data Center Written Bootcamp course. The course is over 23 hours in length and cover the topics listed in the Data Center CCIE Written blueprint. These new videos, as with all new videos will be available to All Access Pass members for free.

* Note: The new Security CCIE updates mirror the DC update schedule which means workbooks and racks next month. I’ll do a post regarding the details next week.

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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21 Responses to “INE’s February Data Center CCIE Updates”

  1. Daniel Dib says:

    Good job Brian!

    Any estimate on prices for renting different devices? Not really looking for another track but always good to get some time on Nexus.

  2. Deepak Arora says:

    Hi Brian,

    Any plans to add LISP and ACE videos to existing DC VOD series ?

    • ACE is covered in the Written class that is releasing next week, and I will also be adding it to the existing UCS/Nexus 1000v VoD in the next two weeks. LISP is strangely not covered in the CCIE DC blueprint, but nevertheless we will be adding a VoD for it soon, since it makes complete sense with regard to design and the DC architecture. No definite date on the LISP video though. Have to prioritize a few other things over it.

  3. J.R. says:

    Any idea when the CCIE Security 4.0 will be released?

  4. Darren says:

    Any chance of doing this for IOS-XR? Really want to play with just two XR boxes sometimes with not the rst of the kit

  5. Mauricio says:

    Great news!!

  6. anna says:

    Hi Brian

    Any news about your online classes on R and S topics?

    I mean deep dives


  7. kenny says:

    Hi Brian,

    Thanks for the updates, is the CCNA/NP version of Data Center in the pipeline?

  8. Mahdi says:

    How much tokens we should pay for DC rack rentals ?

  9. Delano says:

    Thanks for the update. Any actual dates for rack rental availability?

  10. Akash says:

    What would be the pricing structure for DC lab workbook and rental ?

  11. Eric Day says:

    Great news about the racks, and I really like the idea of the module rack layout for specific areas of “lab’ing”.

    What kind of time frame are we looking at as we head into last week of Feb. Will they be available to rent by end of March?

    Thanks in advance!!

  12. Muhammad Naeem says:

    will there be a workbook with short scenarios that perfectly cover first option?

  13. giuseppe says:

    Great news… are the workbook solutions in pdf or video ?


  14. phin says:

    Hi Mark,

    is the full workbook (Nexus, UCS, Storage) will be released ? or just Nexus, and then followed by UCS and storage ?



  15. Hitesh says:

    Hi Mark

    Any update for the DC track workbook? Eagerly waiting for that.



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