Archive for May, 2013
We recognize that there is new content in the new CCIE Collaboration blueprint. We also recognize that a change to the name of CCIE Voice is long overdue. Furthermore, we recognize that there is about an 80% overlap in content, and only about 20% worth of new material. To this end, we will not be requiring our CCIE Voice v3 customers to re-purchase any CCIE Voice track materials when follow Cisco in rebranding it to CCIE Collaboration.
What this means is that if you have purchased any CCIE Voice v3 product such as a workbook or video course download, you will get all of the upgrades to that product, even when we rebrand the title of our products to CCIE Collaboration to stay in keeping with Cisco’s new title. This goes for bootcamps as well, if you paid for and sat one our CCIE Voice v3 bootcamps, you are welcome to come back and re-sit for one of our CCIE Collaboration bootcamps just the same – in keeping with our Bootcamp Reseat Policy.
9 Months and counting to get your CCIE Voice v3 finished before CCIE Voice v4 –err, I mean before CCIE Collaboration– debuts.
Overwhelmingly, the question I have been asked over and over again in the short time since this was announced is: “If I get the CCIE Voice certification, will I lose it come February when the new CCIE Collaboration debuts?”. In short, No, you will not lose your CCIE Voice. Once you obtain the CCIE Voice certification, then provided that you maintain any CCIE Written exam every two years, you will still be called a CCIE Voice. If you take and pass both, then you will in fact be a double CCIE.
So we finally have our answer. Those of us who are already CCIE Voice – we are not grandfathered in as CCIE Collaboration. CCIE Collaboration is a completely new CCIE track. Voice had a good 10 year run. Now it’s time to get busy and move on with the new CCIE that’s in town. At least that is what Cisco is telling us. It actually makes very little sense why they have done this. The hardware blueprint is almost identical, with a few slight enhancements. Testing days don’t overlap. Cisco even calls it CCIE Voice v4 on a few docs. Why the full retirement vs. a simple name change is beyond me. CCIE R&S has gone through massive changes over the 20 years it’s been out (next year) -it clearly looks nothing like it did in 1994- and it’s still called the CCIE R&S. Security as well. CCIE Communications and Services looks nothing like the CCIE Service Provider of today, but a simple name change sufficed in that case. At any rate, let’s take a look as to what has changed.
I’m going through R&S Volume II Workbook for the final time before starting on the new R&S CCIE Version 5 labs. If you have any requests as to what you would like to see added to this final revision let me know.
The main focus of this final update will be the first 10 labs. My plan is that after the first 10 labs are done I’m going to go back and create a few different variants of these labs (one with more IP services, one with more IGP, one with just core topics, etc). Additionally I’m going to kill off the Troubleshooting porton and add in full scale Troubleshooting labs using our Troubleshooting racks (28 ISR’s and 4 switches).
Once this is released it will mean the Vol 3 and Vol 4 workbooks will be incorporated into the updated Vol 2. We will have two workbooks for the R&S version 4 blueprint at that point.
Update: I received a lot of questions as to the R&S version 5 update and this update. If you own the version 4 workbooks (Vol 2, 3 or 4) then you will receive this update free of charge. If you own any of the R&S workbooks (Vol 1, 2, 3 or 4) then you will be receive the R&S version 5 workbook when it’s released. All of the R&S version 5 material will be in a single workbook. We will start releasing the new technology focused labs for IOS 15.1T and 15.3T around July once this update is done.
Edit: The INE party will be at the Hard Rock *Hotel*, not the Hard Rock *Cafe*.
I would like to thank the over 600 people who RSVP’d for INE’s 2013 Party at the Hard Rock Hotel in Orlando during Cisco Live. Registration is closed as of today for our party but I wanted to be the first to let everyone know about the grand prize giveaway we are doing. On top of the standard giveaway prizes (iPads, MacBook Airs, AAP Memberships, Bootcamps, etc) we are giving away a Harley Davidson 2013 XL 1200X Forty-Eight to a lucky winner during our party.
On top of the Harley Davidson 2013 XL 1200X Forty-Eight we’re having a second grand prize giveaway. Details on the second grand prize giveaway will be revealed after the drawing for the winner of the Harley Davidson at the party.
As a side note I don’t personally ride anymore but that bike really does look cool when it’s all blacked out.
Again, while not officially a blueprint change just yet, it’s clearly coming. To that end we have gone ahead and taken the initiative to add another CCIE Voice bootcamp based on the current v3 blueprint.
A quick check of the Cisco CCIE Voice testing seats just now showed that there are still plenty available – with nearly one available every day between now and November in SJC, RTP and Tokyo, and fewer, but still plenty in Brussels, Bangalore and Sydney.
Those will all go quickly, just like our bootcamp seats will, so book both soon!
UPDATE: We were contacted informally and kindly ask to remove the title that hasn’t been officially released as of yet.
UPDATE-2: The last day to test for the CCIE Voice Written will be Nov 20, 2013, and the last day to test for the CCIE Voice Lab will be Feb 13, 2014. This is much more than a blueprint change. Don’t yet know if those already certified as CCIE Voice will be grandfathered in, or if they will need to study for and pass a brand new Written and Lab exam. Seems like the official announcement will be made next week with more information as to the specifics of title progression.
It seems as though the new blueprint hasn’t been officially announced yet, the CCIE Voice track is slated to become the CCIE **redacted** track this November, 2013. As of now only preliminary information is available, but per a reliable source the we have heard that the CCIE Voice certification will be renamed CCIE **redacted** to reflect advances in networked collaboration solutions. The CCIE **redacted** certification will include voice, video, instant message, and presence.
Stay tuned, as more information is likely to surface as we get closer to Cisco Live 2013 in Orlando. Speaking of which, it’s not too late to RSVP to INE’s CCIE Candidate Party at Cisco Live 2013. Hope to see you there!
Tags: ccie redacted
Our new CCIE Security Version 4 Technology Labs and Solutions are now available in your members’ site account for customers who owned the previous CCIE Security Volume 1 or 2 workbooks. The labs are in the new HTML format like our Data Center material to ensure you always have the most up to date material along with allowing for advanced features (bookmarking, highlight tasks, etc). The full scale mock labs are in development now and are included with the Security workbook as we are doing away with the volume naming structure (Volume I, II, III, etc) and have gone to a single workbook.
Here is what is available in your members’ site account:
Section 1: System Hardening and Availability
I offered one iPad Mini but in the end I’m giving three iPad Mini’s away. The first one to the person who answered it first as stated in my original blog post. The second one to the first person to answer it and explain why point-to-multipoint resolved it which is also worthy of an iPad Mini. Finally a third to a very detailed answer that is just too good not to give an iPad Mini for. Next time we’ll do the first answer and the best answer.
Here are the winner’s answers in order listed above:
Our new “CCIE Data Center – Implementing Nexus” course is now available in AAP and members site accounts. The course is just under 18 hours in length and covers the Nexus 7k, 5k and 2k platforms. It’ll be available for direct purchase in the next few hours.