Posts Tagged ‘CCNA Voice’
A few days ago, Cisco officially launched a completely new certification track centered around its entire Medianet portfolio -calling it simply the “Video” track- consisting of Unified Communications and TelePresence Video Conferencing products, along with Digital Media Signage and IP Video Surveillance. This track currently only offers the CCNA Video certification, however I doubt they will stop there.
This track seems to follow the CCNA Data Center in that it does not require you to certify at the CCENT level before attaining this CCNA Video, however it does require you to pass the 640-461 ICOMM, which is the same exam required to become a CCNA Voice (which by the way is a product that INE happily gives away for free in streaming mode and is also available for download at a nominal price). The second exam you must take and pass is a brand new one – the 200-001 VIVND. This exam is broken down into a two-phased learning approach by Cisco, the first giving you basic understanding of video-based systems, and the second diving a bit wider into four of Cisco’s specific Medianet product suites, namely Cisco Unified Communication and Collaboration, Cisco TelePresence, Cisco Digital Media Suite (DMS), and Cisco Video Surveillance (all links are for the design guides, not just basic product info). Passing this exam also gives you a specialist cert, being that of a Cisco Video Network Specialist.
As mentioned before, it seems highly unlikely that they will stop at only CCNA Video, likely continuing on to include CCNP Video and finally to add a CCIE Video certification at some unknown point in time. I don’t know about you – but I would venture to guess that the CCIE Video -when it comes- will be the most QoS-heavy cert of them all to date, considering all of the different LAN QoS classes presented in the excellent document Tim Szigeti and team spent 3 years putting together and refining in the Medianet Design Guide. Now I simply wonder if we’ll see a Catalyst 6509-E in the CCIE Video exam, or a Nexus 5K/7K.
A number of people had indicated that they thought my CCNA-to-CCIE-in-a-Year program was a bit aggressive for those with both family and job life to consider, so I’ve revised the plan into an 18-month plan, and also added a downloadable XLS spreadsheet to assist you in your studies. Simply plug in your starting date, and the spreadsheet should keep you on task on a week-by-week basis. Here’s the link to my previous blog post where you’ll find the updated plan to download, as well as links to all of the products used in the plan: From CCNA Voice to CCIE Voice in One Year – A Detailed Study Plan – REVISED Dec 31, 2012
Cisco keeps giving this week by allowing any desktop to join – for free – into any existing Telepresence video, and the quality of this video is really, really good. John Chambers recently said that Video is already the #1 traffic driver over Cisco’s internal network, and that by 2013 it is expected that over 90% of all traffic over the internet will be based on Video. There’s never been a better time to be training for Unified Communications!
Cisco Unified Communications is a truly exciting field to be in, and one that absolutely everyone runs across today at some point during their work in any enterprise environment. We believe it’s something that everyone should have access to learn be able to thoroughly understand. We also stand by our commitment to help people understand and attain certification in this highly lucrative field at a very affordable price. In keeping, we recently made our 25 hour CCNA Voice VoD product completely free to stream from our site as well as on YouTube, as well as creating the new Voice Scholarships. So to further this belief -and just as we recently did with our SPv3 Workbook- we have decided to combine the Volume I and Volume II Workbooks for our CCIE Voice track into one workbook, and also to lower the price. We certainly hope this just proves one more way that INE wants to earn your business by helping you to accomplish both your goals and dreams!
Also, we have added new 8-Hour labs with PDF-based solutions.
Due to the positive reaction that we had giving free access away to our CCNA Voice video streaming product during the month of March, and our belief that once you watch that product and use it to pass your CCNA Voice exam that you will come back to us for all your CCNP Voice and CCIE Voice needs, we’ve decided to leave it as a free product indefinitely. We hope this is just one more way that we can both give back to our community, as well as showcase what’s in store for you with the rest of our Voice line of products.
We are streaming our entire CCNA Voice 5-Day bootcamp free for the month of March (ends 31 March 2012). Just register here and watch.
Also we are streaming Day 1 of our brand new 10-Day CCNP Voice bootcamp, and if you’d like to join for the entire two weeks, we’ve reduced the price.
Click here to watch live on 5 March or here for more details on the reduced price class.
I recently finished up recording a brand new CCNA Voice v8 online bootcamp, and it is available for both streaming and download. I also spent a number of hours today revising the extremely popular blog post outlining INE’s “CCIE Voice in a Year” study plan.
We are finished with our L2VPN beta testing, and are very happy to report that all 38 of our beta testers reported back not only no issues with connecting to us, but also an incredible experience overall with phones that appear directly connected to their rack switchports, and that behave and function exactly as they did when any of them have previously sat for the CCIE Voice lab exam. We are happy to announce that every one of our Voice racks now fully supports SIX Layer 2 VPN connections – one for each phone.
At INE, we are all about putting as much knowledge in your mind as it can hold, as many tools in your hands as possible, and doing it all for far less than anyone. We offer so many ways of connecting to our Voice racks and often I get asked which method is the best and which they should use. So I thought I would take this time to quickly outline all of the ways we offer to connect to our racks, and then break them down by most-to-least desirable methods for doing so after the break.
Outline of Connection Methods
- Layer 2 Hardware VPN – Use Your Own Hardware Cisco IP Phones
- (This option is the only true way to experience the CCIE Voice lab)
With so many requests for these classes, but also with so many telling us of their limited travel budgets, we made the decision to change our previously Seattle-based courses for CCNA Voice and CCNP Voice to online courses. They will still be packed with all of the same material to fully prepare you for all your exams. We have also reduced the price of the course to only $499, and once the course is over, you will have the ability to download this course at no additional charge. These will be live classes taught by CCIEx2 #14073 Mark Snow.
You may get more information, as well as register for the courses here.
Also, for our existing All Access Pass subscribers, you will be given access to this online streaming class. You will still need to register with sales, but no additional cost will be necessary.
We are very excited to announce that with the recent move of all of our Voice Deep Dives, we have now nearly completed the migration of all of our ‘Voice’ video-based content over to our new CDN (Content Delivery Network) video playlist format, with support for both streaming and/or downloading from a global server nearest you. In fact, of the 320 hour of unique ‘Voice’ video content that I’ve created, 320 of those hours are now available in our new CDN format.
That’s far more content than ALL of the other Voice vendors out there COMBINED have to offer!
And just take a look here on this blog at any of the comments to see what your peers think of this material.
It speaks for itself.
Did I mention that ALL of that content plays on your iPod, iPhone, iPad and Android devices … today?