Normally we don’t post many individual congratulations to new CCIEs, not at all because we don’t wish to recognize them, rather simply because the shear number of passers would overwhelm our blog. In fact we do recognize ever single CCIE passer with a very nice custom polo shirt with their name, number and CCIE logo on it. However, today we felt it important to recognize the first CCIE Data Center having passed using our materials. He talks quite openly about the preparation and his experience taking the lab in Brussels, here on his blog. In passing, Iwan mentions on his blog that he used our CCIE Data Center – Video Courses and our CCIE Data Center – Workbook, along with the myriad of reading material required to pass the exam. Iwan is no stranger to the CCIE exam, this being his 5th CCIE, along with Routing and Switching, Security, Service Provider and Voice, so for him to say this exam was difficult and that he was working up to the last moment is actually saying quite a lot.

Congratulations Iwan!

Also to note, we recently put on our schedule our brand new CCIE Data Center 10-Day Bootcamps with 2 locations in both Los Angeles and Seattle.

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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8 Responses to “Congratulations to Iwan Hoogendoorn – CCIE x5, Now with Data Center!”

  1. Dustin B. says:

    Wow, talk about amazing. Goes to show you what hard work and dedication to a goal will accomplish. I’ll never complain about anything in my studies for my first CCIE when I see how much work he has put forward. Absolutely awesome, congrats Iwan!

  2. Yudha says:

    He is a friend of mine.
    Wow, I’m really proud of him.
    Congrats Iwan… Now you are the only CCIEx5 in the Netherlands :D

  3. Delano says:

    what a BEAST!!!

  4. ABD says:

    I have to do this. How can i contact this guy to get some guidance.

  5. Oladeji Fagbewesa says:

    Congrats Iwan, this is great! First to achive the CCIE Data Center. It’s awesome.

  6. Elmer Flordeliza says:

    Great work! He’s an inspiration to many of us.

  7. Alessio says:

    Congrats Iwan,
    amazing result!

  8. Jean-Pierre Twagilimana says:

    Congratulations man! I’m working on my CCIE Voice, and I know how much work it takes to get 1x CCIE, can’t imagine having 5 of them !!!


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