After many months of development, INE is happy to announce that our CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook is now available! The initial release of the workbook contains over 100 hands-on lab scenarios that walk you through the technologies used in Cisco’s modern Data Center architecture. Whether you are preparing for the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam, have an upcoming implementation project with Cisco’s Nexus switches or Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), or you simply want to gain hands-on experience with these cutting-edge technologies, this workbook is for you.

The labs in this workbook are all individually focused advanced technology labs that present topics in an easy-to-follow, goal-oriented, step-by-step approach. Every scenario features detailed breakdowns and thorough verifications to help you completely understand the technology. The workbook is subdivided into two sections, Nexus Technology Labs and UCS Technology Labs. A sample of the Nexus Technology Labs can be found here, and a sample of the UCS Technology Labs can be found here. The workbook is priced at $399, and can be purchased here.

This workbook is also the first to use INE’s new online content delivery system, which will continue to evolve over the next few weeks to add new features as well as additional content. Ultimately this new content delivery system will be extended to all workbooks and tracks, i.e. R&S, Service Provider, Security, Voice, Wireless, etc. We encourage all users to submit feedback not only on the technical nature of the content but also about the usability of the system. To do so use the “Feedback” link in the bottom right portion of the page of each lab, as seen below:

The rack rental scheduler for Data Center will appear on Wednesday for public beta bookings.  We’ve already been piloting both the workbook and the rack rentals in private beta for a few weeks, but this week we will be releasing the racks in public beta.  Basically what this means is that if you are a workbook customer you will be able to book DC rack sessions for free.  The goal during the beta period is to get feedback from our customers on the usability of the system as well as to fine-tune our automation system.  Once public beta is completed in about a week or two then the rack scheduler will be available for public consumption.

During this next week a lot of additional content will be added to the Nexus section of the workbook, including the OTV and FabricPath sections just to name a few, which are currently in final editing.  As I mentioned this is initial release of both the workbook and the new content system, so we are encouraging users to submit as much feedback as possible on it.  I will be posting a more detailed overview of the content system later this week along with some videos that walk through the specific features that are available, and the ones that are in development and are slated for upcoming release.


Thanks, and happy labbing!

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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38 Responses to “CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook Now Available”

  1. Dennis Day says:

    Will this workbook be rolled into the the Ultimate All-Access Pass which Includes all CCIE Workbook Bundles (R&S, Voice, Security, Service Provider)”? Or will the wording be changed to most? ;o)

  2. Florian Lacommare says:

    Hi Brian !

    Thanks for this great news :)

    You have said that it’ll be printable and DRM-free, so, will it be available in PDF for example ?

    Thnaks you so much !


  3. Tahir says:


  4. Salman Naqvi says:

    First of all, YAY! This has been a long time coming.
    Regarding: “Basically what this means is that if you are a workbook customer you will be able to book DC rack sessions for free.”

    I have purchased the workbook just 30 minutes now. The order has been processed – now how do I book rack sessions? DC portion still says ‘Coming soon’.


  5. Salman Naqvi says:

    Sorry – ignore my last comment – ‘Wednesday’ :p

  6. Chewie says:

    Regarding the rack rentals:

    How many racks do you guys currently have to rent?

    If demand gets to an overwhelming volume and the rack rentals are slammed booked, will you guys be adding more racks in order to meet the demand?

    I have seen times in the past were it was impossible to rent a rack for several weeks straight because demand was too high. I fear that I buy the workbook and not be able to ever book a rack in order to do the workbook. Can you speak to this, as it is a big concern with plopping down $400 only to be left high with ever being able to rent a rack?

    The DC video material is the best I have seen you guys produce yet for any of the tracks, and that alone is a big accomplishment.

    Thanks in advance!

  7. Rashmi says:

    There is no section covering Fabricpath or OTV. I Just want to know if this is left out intentionally?


  8. INE ROX says:

    Any updates for us waiting for the lower level classes? CCNA/NP dc classes?

  9. bangaloredatacom says:

    Cisco’s Nexus switches or Cisco’s Unified Computing System are most important in recent technologies hope your service will be very useful for all

  10. Yaser says:


    I have a question , what are the differences between the CCIE DC and the VCE Vblock solution ?

    • Vblock is a validated design that uses Cisco UCS for computing, Cisco Nexus for networking, EMC Storage, and VMWare. CCIE DC covers UCS and Nexus but not EMC or VMWare. Some VMWare is covered in the UCS section of this workbook but not a lot. CCIE DC would prepare you for supporting or deploying the Cisco portions of Vblock or of other solutions like FlexPod.

    • DeLoachJd says:

      Hi Yasar – Brian is correct about the Vblock. I actually work in professional services for VCE installing and deploying Vblock around the country and Canada. My work experience with the Cisco Data Center all comes from the Vblocks. VCE will be coming out with it’s first certification on the Vblock soon which requires the CCIE DC as a prerequiste. This is one one of the reasons why I’m working towards the CCIE DC certification.

      All model Vblocks have the UCS Chassis, B-Series Blades, C-Series rack mount servers, duel pair of 5548s, and duel pair of 3560s. However, the Nexus 5ks are options in the highest models (700s), and the Nexus 2k switches are not used.

      The Vblocks are becoming very popular these days and if you get your hands on one then you will learn a lot on the configuration and setup.

  11. Akash says:

    How many racks token come free with DC workbook ( or for that matter with AAP membership )?

  12. Luke A says:

    Hi Brian,

    If one should purchase the workbook now will the extra sections such as OTV, Fabricpath be automatically added or do I need to purchase those extra sections separately when they are out?

    Thanks and well done for your and your teams handwork.


  13. Manouchehr says:

    Wow, Amazing job, you guys are doing very good.

  14. Joey says:

    What about Storage labs. Will that be covered in the Nexus track or will there be a separate section or storage at some point?

    • Storage is rolled into both Nexus and UCS. Nexus and MDS related storage configs are covered in the Nexus section, and then UCS specific storage (e.g. vHBA configuration, unified ports on the FI, etc.) is covered in the UCS section. There’s not going to be a separate “Storage” workbook.

  15. Steve Jordan says:

    When through some of the UCS labs last night. Great job guys! Thanks again!

  16. yellowchops says:

    Looks awesome, guys!

  17. Rashmi says:

    Also the UCS section does not contain any UCS C series tasks. Will it be released at a later date?

  18. Mike Johnson says:

    Looks great, thanks! Is the rack rental beta open yet? It still says “coming soon” for me (I have purchased the workbook).

  19. Michael He says:

    is there any Q&A link with online workbook?that will be very helpful

  20. Duc says:

    Will the workbook include the total lab from Nexus to UCS like a Mock lab in the future? I think this will be a very good chapter for us to practice.

  21. Hari says:

    I recently purchased your DC workbook. while going through NEXUS Technology labs i am finding following sections missing from the workbook:
    Layer 3 Features
    Security Features
    Fabric Path

    Will you be adding above Technology labs in workbook or we need to prepare ourselves.


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