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Jan
25

Effective January 23, 2018 Cisco will be incorporating a new version of its CCIE Collaboration exam blueprint into both the written and lab exams. Those who are scheduled to take the CCIE Collaboration exam prior to this date will not be affected by the blueprint change.

For those who are scheduled to take the CCIE Collaboration exam on or after July 23, 2018 here are the major changes you can expect to see:

  • New segmentation of topics among exam domains
  • Removal and addition of some key topics in both the written and lab exams
  • The lab exam format will be 100% virtual with no physical technologies use


Domain Level Changes:

The v2.0 CCIE Collaboration exam will be split into 8 domains unifying the written and lab exam topics. What this means is that instead of having 9 domains in the written exam and 7 in the lab exam, candidates will be tested on topics in only 8 domains total across both exams. In version 2.0 of the CCIE Collaboration exam, instructions will explicitly state which domains pertain to which exam, and the relative weight of each domain.

 
Topics Added in v2.0:

  • Collaboration APIs
  • Cisco Expressway dial plan
  • Cisco Unified Communications Mobile and Remote Access
  • Cisco Spark Hybrid Services
  • Single-Sign-On
  • Ad-hoc and rendezvous conferencing on Cisco Meeting Server

  • Topics Removed in v2.0:

  • Digital telephony signaling: BRI/CAS/R2/NFAS
  • H.323 Registration, Admission, and Status (RAS) and gatekeepers
  • Cisco Mobile Voice Access (MVA)
  • Cisco Service Advertisement Framework (SAF) and Call Control Discovery (CCD)
  • IOS basic automatic call distribution (B-ACD}

  • Exam Format Changes:

    The written exam format will stay the same with only the topics changes incorporated, the lab exam format however will be extremely different. In version 2.0 of the CCIE Collaboration Exam most devices will be virtualized. Additionally, there will no longer be any physical IP phones on candidates’ exam desktops – IP phones will be remotely controlled from the candidate’s PC.

     

    For further information on the CCIE Collaboration exam blueprint updates visit the Cisco website.

    Jan
    22

    As promised, last week we added another Google Cloud Platform course to our collection. The fourth in this series of Google courses, Google Cloud Platform: Data Storage, can be found on our All Access Pass streaming site and ine.com.

     

    Why You Should Take This Course:

    Google Cloud Platform enables developers to build, test and deploy applications on Google’s highly-scalable, secure and reliable infrastructure.

    Whether you’re a developer or architect, this course will help you understand the basic capabilities and advanced features of GCP Data Services.

    About the Course:

    This course covers Google Cloud Platform Data Storage and Database Services. More specifically, it covers the features and functions of Google Cloud Platform Data Storage Services so that you can understand the GCP options available.

    This course is taught by Joseph Holbrook and is 3 hours and 27 minutes long.

    What you’ll Learn:

    Students will dive into Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Cloud Datastore, Cloud Spanner, Bigtable and why Persistent Disks are important. As an addedd bonus, we will also look at Data Transfer services such as Cloud Storage Migrator Service.

    After taking this class students will understand what GCP Cloud Services can enable your organization around Data Storage and database services.

    About the Instructor:

    Joe Holbrook has been in the IT field since 1993 when he was exposed to several HPUX systems on board a US Navy flagship. He has migrated from UNIX world to Storage Area Networking(SAN) and then on to Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud Architecture. Joseph has worked for numerous companies such as HDS, 3PAR Data, Brocade, Dimension Data, EMC, Northrup Grumman, ViON, Ibasis.net, Chematch.com, SAIC and Siemens Nixdorf. Joe currently works as a Subject Matter Expert specializing in Cloud/IT Security focused on Data Storage infrastructure services and Data migrations to the Cloud.

    Joseph holds Industry leading certifications from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, VMWare, CompTIA, HP 3PAR ASE, Cloud Credential Council and other orgs. He is now working on the Google Cloud Platform for several organizations.

    Joe is married with children and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. In his free time, Joseph enjoys traveling to South America, spending time with his 5 year old daughter and learning about cryptocurrencies.  Joe is also an avid hockey fan and takes pleasure in skiing whenever he can get out of Florida.

    Jan
    19

    For those who may not have heard, Cisco recently updated their blueprint for the CCIE Service Provider Written and Lab Exams. According to Cisco, only about 10% of the overall blueprint has changed and topics on 4.1 will be similar to those on 4.0. Read on to learn more.

    Domain Changes:

    4.1 domain topics are almost exactly the same as 4.0 topics. The main difference in domains is that domains 1 and 3 (service provider architecture and evolution and service provider base services) have been merged into one domain. While other domain topics did not change, slight shifts were made to domain weights.

    Weighting of Domains:

     

     

    Topic changes within the Domains:

    • Domain 1 (Core Routing): No topics were added or removed within this domain, but some items were moved, rephrased, or merged into one single item.
    • Domain 2 (Service Provider Architecture and Services) now holds tasks of the original domain 1 and 3. Other items that were part of domain 1, such as software architecture, mobility node functions, and virtualization concepts, were rephrased to better define their scope.
    • Domain 3 (Access and Aggregation) had a few topics items removed.
    • Domain 4 (High Availability and Fast Convergence) remains unchanged, only the weights changed.
    • Domain 5 (Service Provider Security, Operations, and Management) had the most changes. In this domain, service provider operation oriented items have been removed.

    The CCIE Service Provider version 4.1 exam continues to focus on dual-stack solutions for both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies, as it was already deployed in the CCIE Service Provider version 4.0 exam. All solutions, for example, routing protocols, fast convergence, and L3VPN cover both IPv4 and IPv6 technologies.

     

    Changes to Recommended Hardware and Equipment:

    No new technologies or features were added to the exam topics and therefore, the impact of this software update is minor. Candidates who want to prepare for the exam using hardware equipment are advised to use the following Cisco equipment and Cisco Software releases, which are used in the Diagnostic module.

    • P, PE, and RR role: ASR 9000 Series running Cisco IOS XR 6.0 release

    • PP, PE, and CE role: ASR 1000 Series running Cisco IOS XE 3.13 (15.4S) release

    • PE and CE role: Cisco 7600 Series running Cisco IOS 15.4S release

    • Access and Aggregation role: Cisco ME 3600x Series running Cisco IOS 15.4S release

     

    Exam Format:

    No changes were made to the exam format. The Exam Number remained the same (400-201), and still consists of three modules: Troubleshooting, Diagnostic and Configuration.

    To learn more about these blueprint changes read the full Cisco Article

    Jan
    16

    For those of you that are looking to familiarize yourself with the Google Cloud Platform, you’re in luck! we have just released Google Cloud Platform: PaaS with App Engine. This course is now available to All Access Pass members through your members account, and to everyone else through purchase at ine.com.

    This course is just one of a growing collection of Google classes offered by INE, we also plan on releasing a Google Data Storage course later this week. Until then, read on to learn about Joseph Holbrook’s latest addition to our Google video course library.

     

    Why Study Google App Engine?
    Google App Engine is an extremely useful tool; it is a fully managed platform that completely abstracts away infrastructure so you can focus only on code.

    About the Course:
    This course covers Google App Engine PaaS and more specifically the history, features and functions of Google App Engine. The instructor will explain the benefits of using Google App Engine with live examples and demos.

    The course is 4 hours and 5 minutes long and is taught by Joseph Holbrook.

    What You’ll Learn:
    Students will dive into both deployment models of the App Engine and learn how to decide which model is right for your organization.

    Whether you’re a developer or architect, this course will help you understand the basic capabilities and some of the useful advanced features of the Google App Engine.

    About the Instructor:
    Joe Holbrook has been in the IT field since 1993 when he was exposed to several HPUX systems on board a US Navy flagship. He has migrated from UNIX world to Storage Area Networking(SAN) and then on to Enterprise Virtualization and Cloud Architecture. Joseph has worked for numerous companies such as HDS, 3PAR Data, Brocade, Dimension Data, EMC, Northrup Grumman, ViON, Ibasis.net, Chematch.com, SAIC and Siemens Nixdorf. Joe currently works as a Subject Matter Expert specializing in Cloud/IT Security focused on Data Storage infrastructure services and Data migrations to the Cloud.

    Joseph holds Industry leading certifications from Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Brocade, Hitachi Data Systems, EMC, VMWare, CompTIA, HP 3PAR ASE, Cloud Credential Council and other orgs. He is now working on the Google Cloud Platform for several organizations.

    Joe is married with children and lives in Jacksonville, Florida. In his free time, Joseph enjoys traveling to South America, spending time with his 5 year old daughter and learning about cryptocurrencies.  Joe is also an avid hockey fan and takes pleasure in skiing whenever he can get out of Florida.

    Jan
    11

    Last week, we added an Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Level course to our video library. The course is available for streaming via your All Access Pass members account and also available for purchase at ine.com.

     

    Why Study AWS?
    An AWS certification will put you in an elite group of cloud engineers, and could lead to better employment opportunities. Amazon Web Services are used by thousands of companies around the world, therefore, AWS certified engineers are highly valued by many employers. AWS certifications show the potential employer that you have the skills to design, deploy and manage scalable and secure systems on AWS platform.

    About the Course:
    This course is designed to help you prepare for the AWS Solutions Architect – Associate exam. Even if you do not have a lot of IT experience, and have never used any Amazon Web Services, this course is the best starting point for AWS certifications.

    This class is taught by Miles Karabas, and includes 5 hours and 43 minutes of in-depth lectures, plus numerous practice questions similar to those on the exam.

    Areas Focused On:

    • Compute
    • Storage
    • Databases
    • Security, Identity & Compliance
    • Management Tools
    • Networking & Content Delivery
    • Messaging

    Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:

    • Understand the basics of AWS services and how the user interacts with them
    • Understand how networking works in AWS
    • Build secure, reliable and cost effective applications on the AWS platform
    • Implement applications on AWS platform
    • Identify appropriate use of AWS architectural best practices
    • Estimate costs and identify cost control mechanisms

    About the Instructor:
    Miles Karabas is a certified hands-on AWS, ORACLE and Postgresql systems & database engineer, with over 20 years of experience. He possesses 5 AWS certifications and has worked with all major flavors of Unix and Linux. Miles has extensive cross-industry and cross-functional training and experience in large multi-platform environments. He is especially interested in systems and database migration to Amazon cloud infrastructure. In the database area, his primary interest is the database performance monitoring & tuning.

    Miles has a wife, Suzana, and two wonderful daughters, Aleksandra and Sofia. He spends his free time working hard on his small goat & sheep farm on the outskirts of West Palm Beach in Florida.

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