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The first two CCIE Data Center Full Scale Labs are now available on the INE Members Site, with more labs currently in development. Click here for the direct link to them. These labs are included with any purchase of the CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Online Workbook, so if you currently have access to the Nexus and UCS Technology Labs, then you also have access to these new Full Scale Labs.
These labs use a separate topology from the Nexus and UCS Technology Labs, and this topology will be available for public rack rentals starting July 1st. In brief, this new topology is as follows:
- 1 x Nexus 7010 with M132XP and F132XP line cards
- 2 x Nexus 5548UPs
- 2 x MDS 9200s
- 2 x UCS 6248 Fabric Interconnects
- 1 x UCS B 5108 Blade Chassis
- 2 x UCS B200 M2 Blade Servers
- 1 x UCS C200 Rack Mount Server
- 1 x Catalyst 3750G
- Fibre Channel SAN
More specific details for the topology will be available when the rack rentals go public. Beta access to these racks will be running the week of June 24th. If you would like to beta test the new rack rentals and these full scale labs please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include in the email when your lab date is scheduled, as I will be prioritizing beta access based on people who have their lab exams coming up first.
These labs are similar in format to what you may already be familiar with as our “Volume 2″ labs for other tracks, however for simplicity both the Technology Labs and the Full Scale Labs are packaged together as one product, so you don’t have to buy them separately. In the near future you will also see our other tracks, e.g. R&S, Security, Voice/Collaboration, etc. go this route with a single lab “workbook” that covers both the individual technologies and combined technologies, and they will be delivered through our new online content system.
Each labs starts with a set of initial configurations and a logical topology:
Labs are broken down into four major sections, which are Data Center Infrastructure, Data Center Storage Networking, Unified Computing, and Data Center Virtualization. Each of these sections contains individual tasks which are assigned separate point values, similar to the format of the actual CCIE Lab Exam.
Solutions for each of the labs feature the configuration broken down on a task by task basis:
Verification sections guide you as to which show, debug, etc. commands you can run to ensure that the devices are configured properly. The verification sections also highlight the specific relevant output, and contain explanations about the specific configurations and outputs.
For UCS related tasks, screenshots of the UCSM GUI walk you step-by-step through the configuration of each of the required tasks, and include any relevant explanations as to why this solution was chosen over other possible solutions.
As previously mentioned, more labs will continue to be added to the Full Scale Labs section of the workbook, and will automatically show up in the table of contents when posted.
Our new CCIE Data Center Written course has been released. For the All Access Pass members it’s already available in your members site account. Below are some sample from the new course.
Nexus 5000 & 2000 Hardware Architecture:
NX-OS Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
UCS :: LAN Modes and Behaviors :: Part 1
While delivering what turned out to be a very successful UCS and Nexus 1000V class a week and a half back, a number of you on the east coast of the US got tragically knocked out of class due to Hurricane/TS Sandy. While the class had to go on, I received a number of emails later on the following week mentioning about the disappointment many of you had based on not being able to ask questions during the live class. So we’ve decided to run the class again, live, the week after next. So for any who were not able to attend the first time due to this or any other reason, or would just like to attend again (or simply have an opportunity to purchase it for the first time and still attend a live version of this class), we will offer it again beginning on Nov 26 and running through Nov 30.
For anyone who may not know INE’s teaching style very well – let me just tell you that you will not be bored to death-by-powerpoint. We’ll present a very few slides with key points to remember, but 90% of the content you will see will be live, hands-on configuration and troubleshooting. We test everything the box(es) have to offer. We’ll do static pinning, dynamic pinning, and port channels for both LAN and SAN, and verify and fail(over) everything to show exactly what’s going on. We don’t just do GUI (that’d be too boring). We verify everything in the NX-OS CLI, and the upstream Nexus 5548UPs and MDS 9222Is. We’ll boot from local disk, boot from SAN, and build ESXi 5 live on the blades and pizza-box C200 as well, while talking through a number of the recommendations from both Cisco and VMware on the box. Things like number of vNICs, vHBAs, when to enable failover or not to enable failover and on which vNICS – and when should you do these things on ESXi with standard vSwitches vs when you should do them on ESXi running on top of the N1Kv VEM module.
Also, watch this blog as we will soon announce dates for a few new classes I will be holding relating to some very real-world production network training. Things such as UC on UCS (actually building it – not just talking about it), as well as BYOD with Cisco ISE across Wireless, Nexus and Catalyst platforms, as well as an across-the-board QoS class that shows both relevant and similar comparison configurations spanning Catalyst 3550, 3560/3750, 6500 with many various model blades, and Nexus 5500, 7000 and even 1000 platforms. The QoS class is something I’ve been asked by students to do for a while now, and am quite excited to bring all the hardware together in a single class.
See you in about a week.
As many of you already know, the launch date for the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam is approaching soon. The CCIE Data Center Written Exam is now live, and lab scheduling will come online in the coming weeks. At INE, we’ve completed two out of our three planned online classes for CCIE DC – CCIE Data Center Nexus Switching and CCIE Data Center Storage Networking. Videos from the Nexus class are currently available for download and streaming, and Storage is currently in post-processing and will be available next week. More information on the Storage Networking class, as well as samples, will be posted early next week. The final portion of our online classes – CCIE Data Center Unified Computing – will be held at the end of this month, the week of October 29th. Seats in the online class are still available for purchase, which includes the downloadable videos after class – All Access Pass members can attend this class live online for free. This brings us to the most anticipated and requested product of the CCIE Data Center line: INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbook and Rack Rentals.
Like our online Bootcamps, INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbooks will take a three-part approach to the topic scope: Nexus Switching, Storage Networking, and Unified Computing. Unlike our previous workbook products, however, the delivery of the Data Center Workbooks will be enhanced. The Data Center Workbook series will be delivered as online content. It will still include diagrams, technology scenarios, configurations, and verifications, but it will also include embedded streaming video content that delves deep into technology breakdowns, verification, and troubleshooting. By delivering the content in an online format as opposed to print-formatted PDFs, we will be able to shorten the time to market for the labs through incremental releases, and we will be able to ensure that everyone always has the most updated version of content without the need for a complicated sub-versioning system. Furthermore, the embedded video breakdown content will take this product above and beyond the incredibly high quality bar that you, our customers, are already accustomed to with INE.
The time frame for content release of the CCIE Data Center Workbooks is as follows:
- Nexus Switching: Mid to Late November 2012
- Storage Networking: Mid to Late December 2012
- Unified Computing: Mid to Late December 2012
- Full Scale Labs: Mid to Late January 2013
What about rack rentals? We plan to release access to rack rentals in tandem with the release of the workbook content. Rack rentals will be offered in multiple ways. First we will offer smaller subsets of the overall complete hardware topology that is used to complete specific technology labs. For example, a lab on vPC on Nexus 5000 may consist of 2 x Nexus 5548UPs and an end host. Likewise, as you progressively work through the labs, the topologies will get more complex, ultimately culminating in full-scale multi-protocol labs that require the entire overall hardware topology.
The full hardware topology used in the workbooks will consist of:
- Nexus 7000s with both M1 and F1 modules
- Nexus 5500UPs
- Nexus 2000 1GigE & 10GigE Fabric Extenders
- MDS 9200i Fibre Channel & IP Storage Switches
- UCS C Series Rackmount Servers
- UCS B Series Blade Servers
- UCS Fabric Interconnects
- Additional 1GigE & 10GigE attached end servers
- Fibre Channel attached Storage Arrays
Further details, such as pricing for the workbooks and rack rentals and the availability of the rack schedule, will be solidified within the next few weeks. As always, questions and comments are welcome, and I hope to see many of you in the upcoming CCIE Data Center – Unified Computing class at the end of the month!
We are very proud to announce the industry’s very first CCIE Data Center lab-focused bootcamps. We will teach our initial bootcamps based on a three-pronged approach, Nexus, Storage and Unified Computing (which will include smaller topics such as HA and SLB with ACE and N1Kv). Each bootcamp has a introductory price of $499 and all three can be purchased for $1299.
We have recently purchased the hardware needed to teach bootcamps along with starting to build out Data Center racks for rental. Our hardware specification is based on the three focal points list above, including two Nexus 7010 switches with F1 and M1 blades, two Nexus 5548UP switches, Nexus 2232 10GE FEXs, multiple MDS SAN Switches, ACE, and various storage arrays along with the UCS 5108 blade chassis, fabric interconnects and servers. Additionally we will be launching our CCIE Storage product line after Brian McGahan completes the CCIE Storage Lab exam. We currently have a two full storage racks already built out and Brian McGahan is scheduling the CCIE Storage lab within the next 60 to 90 days.
You can read more about our specific outlines for the CCIE Data Center bootcamps and sign up here.
We will also be hosting a CCIE Data Center and CCIE Storage Online vSeminar on July 22nd, 2012 at 10am PDT (-7 GMT). We will be going over our strategy for the CCIE Data Center and CCIE Storage product lines (bootcamps, workbooks, rack rentals, etc). This will be a great time to ask any specific questions you may have about our offerings so be sure to sign up. Signup Today
After the early snafu with Cisco releasing the CCIE DC CiscoLive slides last week they now are now officially making the announcement.
I’ll update this post once I’d have more time to digest this but my first opinion is that it looks really expensive to say the very least.
** UPDATE Cisco lists a 5148 Blade Chassis when it should actually be a 5108.
Brian Dennis and I attended Cisco Live! – Networkers this week, and both enjoyed the privilege of sitting down to talk privately with Yusuf Bhaiji (Program Manager over the entire CCIE program) and Ben Ng (Program Manager over the CCIE Voice track) for roughly 45 minutes. It was quite an enjoyable and spirited talk, and I believe it benefited both sides – our side to gain a better understanding of why some of the choices have been made, and theirs possibly to see things a bit more ‘through the eyes of the typical hard-studying student’. I would like to take a moment to jot down some of the highlights from our conversation, and then unpack them in a bit more detail, so that you may benefit from the open conversation.
I’ll jot down some very simple, high-level topics that were discussed during our conversation, and then unpack them in more detail in the following section.
- Upcoming changes to every CCIE Lab Exam
- Protecting the integrity of the CCIE certification
- Robust, matured results-based grading engine
- Heuristic logic embedded into task wording
- Accuracy and detail of lab score reports
- Cisco’s CCIE Lab Delivery System and virtualization for mobile labs
- No re-reads
- CCIE Voice
- Next blueprint version expectation
- Topics for current and next blueprint versions
- CCIE Data Center
- CCIE Storage grows up
- Reason behind Cisco.com CCIE Statistics web page being removed