I’ve had a major enhancement added to the rack rentals that many people have wanted for a long time. Starting late next week we will move away from the standard start times and fixed session lengths for the rack rentals and allow sessions to be started anytime and run for any length of time. There will be a minimum of a one hour session length but other than that there are no restrictions.

This means for example if you want to start a session at 9:30am (your local time) and run for 4 hours you can do that. If you want a session to start at 5:00pm (your local time) and go for 7 hours you can. Also the longer your session is the cheaper it will be. We will even allow for sessions running days or weeks at a time which will really drop the price.

The first phase of this enhancement is already in place. This first phase allows you to start your session anytime. You do not need to wait for the next slot to start. The remaining time in the current slot will be prorated and you can either just use the remaining time for your rental or add it to the following session for a longer rental.

Below is a session I rented showing that the session was prorated down to 9 tokens from 12 to account for only having a little over 2 hours left on the session when I scheduled it.

The second phase which will become active next week will totally remove the concept of fixed start times and session lengths by allowing you to determine your own start time and session length days, weeks or even months ahead of time.

Also just to steal Brian McGahan’s thunder for his blog post tomorrow the DC workbooks and racks will be available Monday or Tuesday ;-)

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 “Rack Rental Scheduling Enhancement”

  1. Joshua Walton says:

    Well done!

  2. Indra Prasetyo N. says:

    What a Great enhancement Brian ;)

  3. Joshua Walton says:

    If any of you DC candidates are in the Phoenix area, send me a message and lets study together.

  4. Stefanos says:

    That’s great. Especially for us living outside the US. I hope that this would also fix some bugs in scheduling sessions. How many tokens a minimum session will cost now?

  5. Nadeem Rafi says:

    Is there possibility of extending running sessions on the fly?

  6. Jerome Tissieres says:

    This is really a great enhancement!!
    Thank you very much for this.

  7. Nicolas MICHEL says:

    The fact that we are able to choose when do we want to lab is awesome … Nuff’ Said !

  8. Jaime says:


    What happend with our sessions already scheduled? I have several until may.


  9. Stefan Marti says:

    Great news, Brian! Thanks for that! Other question btw: Do you have any plans to support a remote shell to access the remote labs? I think it would definitifly increase the user-experience on high-latency links to your lab f.g. from Europe with currently arround >200ms rtt. What do you think about that? Regards, Stefan.

  10. Alexander Dementyev says:

    Thank You!
    This is really a great enhancement!!

  11. Gary says:

    Good features, should be implemented a long time ago, but well INE does it first than any other provider out there. Good Job!

  12. Draper says:

    Hello Brian, when will the rack scheduling per hour be active and did you decide how many tokens a lab will be ?

  13. Sai says:

    Any update for this ? are you able to start this soon ?

  14. Sergey says:

    Hi Brian,
    Any updates on 2nd phase (flexible hours booking) of enhancements? I personally will have a quite odd training schedule and 3h slots with fixed start time frames every time will be a waste of few hours per session. Really looking forward to flexible booking then. Thanks!

  15. Draper says:

    Brian, is there any update on this issue? I need hourly rental enchancement. I would highly appreciate it if you could give us a date on this and on security updates.

  16. Draper says:

    Still there is no update ? Can we get a projected date. By the way moderation takes just too much time :)

  17. Gary says:

    Hi Brian, what’s the latest update for the 2nd phrase of the rack scheduling?


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