INE’s CCIE Data Center Rack Rentals are now available for public beta testing.  During this beta testing period, racks are 100% free to book for CCIE DC Workbook customers.  Simply login to your http://members.ine.com account, click the Rack Rentals option on the left, and you will see the CCIE Data Center racks listed, as seen below:

Click on “Schedule/Cancel Session” and the calendar will appear as below:

Each rack rental session for DC includes a “base” topology, and then one or more possible add-ons.  In the scheduler you can check which, if any, add-ons you want, and it will then search the schedule to show you which time slots are currently available for that variation.  You can see these as the check boxes as the top of the scheduler above.  The possible variations are as follows:

During the public beta you will be limited to four concurrent bookings at a time.  After the beta period is finished the token cost for DC rack rentals will be 20 tokens for the base rack, and then 5 additional tokens for each add-on, making the maximum token cost 35 tokens per session.  

The goal of the public beta is to get feedback from the community on the usability of both our new content delivery system and the DC rack rental system.  Additionally we will be finalizing and fine-tuning some of the automation features for the racks and the control panel, such as config backup, restore, etc.  As the system approaches full launch I will be posting a video walkthough of the system and the new workbook content delivery system to talk about all the new features we have integrated into it.

As always, feedback is both welcomed and encouraged.  As you are going through labs in the workbook please use the “Feedback” button on the bottom of the page to submit questions, comments, etc. about that particular lab.  If your comments are more general feel free to post them here or to email me directly at bmcgahan@ine.com.

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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14 Responses to “INE’s CCIE Data Center Rack Rentals Now Available”

  1. Marcel says:

    Hi Brian

    For how long will the beta racks be available?


  2. Yudha says:

    If I’m not mistaking, INE’s DC Lab cost USD 35 (35 tokens) for 2:30 hours and the well known competitor make it USD 70 for 3:45 hours. Wow, I think you give the customer a better price :)

  3. Prasad kulangara says:

    Great news. We demanded it and you delivered. Now its our turn to utilize it. You are challenging us :-)

  4. Dirk says:

    Hello Guys,

    How many DC racks will be available?



  5. Eric Day says:

    Any idea when the DC rentals are going to be released to everyone else? Even though they’re fully scheduled for the next few weeks, there are alot of us who have the Lab exam booked and would love to start spending some time on the hardware.

    Thanks for the job you guys are doing, you are the best hands down!

  6. Cristian says:

    Hi Brian

    Your last message above is dated May 1 and it says that the scheduling will be out of beta on May 2nd.
    Today is May 21 and I can not see any link to a CCIE Data Center lab rack rental. When will this be available?
    From what you are saying the beta program is over, did I get that wrong? Is it still available if I buy the workbooks ?


  7. Gene says:

    I’m a bit curious as an AAP user one who’s from an R & S background with no DC experience whatsoever how do i approach the DC materials available. It’d really help if Brian or Mark can intimate on that especially cos the associate and professional level materials are yet to come. That being said is there a definitive time when we should expect the ccna and ccnp datat center training. If i can work around with whats available how do i do that. Thanks alot Sirs.


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