Nov
05

A few changes have occurred with regards to the CCIE Data Center certification, some on Cisco’s part and a few on ours.

Cisco Makes a Change

Firstly, released a new testing rack into the system in the middle of last week, and a lot of new seats have opened up to sit for the CCIE Data Center exam. Jump online and book yours today if you’ve been waiting for one.

Next, Cisco made a seemingly inconspicuous change a few weeks back to the “Lab Equipment and Software Versions” document, not by adding anything, but rather by removing most minor version numbers from software that was previously listed. This doesn’t go against anything Cisco has done in the past or anything that they normally let the candidate know six months ahead of time – that goes for major software revisions or hardware changes only.

For instance, the software section previously looked like this:
• NXOS v6.0(2) on Nexus 7000 Switches
• NXOS v5.1(3) on Nexus 5000 Switches
• NXOS v4.2(1) on Nexus 1000v
• NXOS v5.2(2) on MDS 9222i Switches
• UCS Software release 2.0(1x) for UCS-6248 Fabric Interconnect
• Software Release A5(1.0) for ACE 4710
• Cisco Data Center Manager software v5.2(2)

And today looks simply like this:
• NXOS v6.x on Nexus 7000 Switches
• NXOS v5.x on Nexus 5000 Switches
• NXOS v4.x on Nexus 1000v
• NXOS v5.x on MDS 9222i Switches
• UCS Software release 2.x for UCS-6248 Fabric Interconnect
• Software Release A5(1.0) for ACE 4710
• Cisco Data Center Manager software v5.x
(A bit funny that ACE didn’t feel the love and remained untouched)

The implications to this are that things like a ‘true’ Admin context in Nexus 7Ks Sup1s (Sup2(e)s already have this) as well as Native FC Zoning in UCS, Single-Wire Cable Management for UCS C-Series from FIs and the biggest of all, Northbound FCoE from the UCS, can be potentially tested in the future. We’re told that for now many of these new UCS 2.1 features are not being tested, but we’ll go ahead and add content for them to prepare you.

What INE is Doing About it

We will be upgrading our code following our currently full bootcamp, which will give you the option to practice with the new features, while changing nothing from the current features that you already test with on our racks. We also will be adding scenarios to our online workbooks in the coming weeks, specifically demonstrating and testing you on these new features. Finally, beginning on November 16, you will see the amount of racks we have available for rent more than double.

We’ll continue to stay ahead of all major and minor changes that occur in the CCIE Data Center space and alert you as things progress.

Also, we’re currently completely booked full in our Data Center classes until March, and even now March and April classes are nearing capacity. If you have any intention of getting into one of these, you’d better head over here and register for one today.

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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11 Responses to “Changes to CCIE Data Center”

 
  1. Steve Occhiogrosso says:

    Awesome news! Can’t wait for the new racks to come online on 16th!

  2. Salman says:

    Thanks for the update and explanation Mark. Regarding the additional racks, will the slot availability be added on Nov 16 or the additional rack rental slots or both?

  3. Alessio says:

    Absolutely great news! Many of us (starting from me) will need to practice NEXUS labs even if not a CCIE candidate yet!

    Thanks INE !!

  4. John Spaulding says:

    I saw this a couple weeks ago before I took my lab, glad it didn’t go unnoticed.

  5. Dominic Foley says:

    Mark,

    Great information. Given that Cisco have released updates to software versions on the DC track, but THEY HAVE NOT updated the CCIE-DC lab topics (i.e. FCoE within UCS is NOT listed) do you think it likely this is has been missed by Cisco (i.e. updating the website), or that they will not be testing on multihop FCoE???????

    Thanks

    Dominic

  6. Eric Perkins says:

    Robert Burns has said that the blueprint is a little off, and that UCSM will be 2.0.x, eliminating the possibility to be tested on 2.1.

    • Indeed correct and that’s why we’ll be adding more content and code shortly just for those who want to practice, but making sure everyone is aware they don’t need to know FCoE northbound – for now at least. 2014 will be a VERY interesting year. Be very interesting to see how quickly and which pieces of N9K and ACI Domain Controller will be added to exam in 2014!

  7. gilbertthor says:

    Hi Mark,

    As for now i should started to study the new version of doc for UCS Manager 2.2? as well as for Nexus new version?

    Thanks
    gilbertthor

 

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