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This past Monday I passed the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam in San Jose CA, making me four time Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) #8593 in Routing & Switching, Service Provider, Security, and Data Center, as well as Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) #20130013. This was my first – and thankfully last – attempt at the DC lab exam, and also my first experience in the San Jose CCIE Lab location. In this post I’m going to outline my preparation process for CCIE Data Center, as well as to talk about my experience with the actual day of the lab.
First off I’d like to thank all of you that participated in beta testing both the CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook and DC Rack Rentals, and for all the constructive feedback that was submitted. Yesterday the DC rack system left beta, and is now publicly available for bookings.
Data Center rack rentals cost 20 tokens for the base topology, which includes Nexus 7000, Nexus 5000, and Virtual Machines. There are three add-ons to the topology, which are Nexus 2000 & SAN, UCS & SAN, and ACE 4710. Each of the add-ons cost 5 tokens apiece, which means the maximum cost for the full topology is 35 tokens per session. With bulk token pricing this equates to about $11 USD per hour for rental, which is much more affordable than any other vendor out there.
For more detailed information on how to book sessions and use the system, please see the CCIE Data Center Rack Rental Access Guide.
Before the end of the month we will also be launching a second “Mock Lab” Data Center topology that will be used for full-scale 8-hour lab scenarios. More information about the availability of rentals on this topology will be posted soon.
INE’s CCIE Data Center Rack Rentals are now available for public beta testing. During this beta testing period, racks are 100% free to book for CCIE DC Workbook customers. Simply login to your http://members.ine.com account, click the Rack Rentals option on the left, and you will see the CCIE Data Center racks listed, as seen below:
Click on “Schedule/Cancel Session” and the calendar will appear as below:
After many months of development, INE is happy to announce that our CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook is now available! The initial release of the workbook contains over 100 hands-on lab scenarios that walk you through the technologies used in Cisco’s modern Data Center architecture. Whether you are preparing for the CCIE Data Center Lab Exam, have an upcoming implementation project with Cisco’s Nexus switches or Cisco’s Unified Computing System (UCS), or you simply want to gain hands-on experience with these cutting-edge technologies, this workbook is for you.
The labs in this workbook are all individually focused advanced technology labs that present topics in an easy-to-follow, goal-oriented, step-by-step approach. Every scenario features detailed breakdowns and thorough verifications to help you completely understand the technology. The workbook is subdivided into two sections, Nexus Technology Labs and UCS Technology Labs. A sample of the Nexus Technology Labs can be found here, and a sample of the UCS Technology Labs can be found here. The workbook is priced at $399, and can be purchased here.
After a long and highly anticipated wait, INE’s CCIE Data Center Workbook and Rack Rentals are (almost ) finally here! This post covers three items of business, the state of the DC Workbook & Rack Rentals release, and the Implementing Nexus 5-Day Bootcamp that I am running online next week. This post ran a little longer than I had initially anticipated, so below are some quick links to the particular sections that you may be interested in:
This past week Mark Snow and I completed the first of three of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps – Nexus Switching. This class focused on the core Layer 2 Switching and Layer 3 Routing features of Nexus NX-OS on the 7000, 5500, and 2000 platforms, and the Data Center specific applications of the platforms with technologies such as vPC, FabricPath, and OTV, just to name a few. The videos from class are now in post-processing, and will be available both for download and in streaming format, both of which have cross platform support (Desktop, iPhone/iPad, Android, Windows phone, etc.) Also as usual our videos are DRM free, so once you purchase them they are yours to do with as you please.
All Access Pass subscribers will get access to the videos in streaming format for no additional fee, and can also purchase the download version at a discounted rate. The download version can be purchased standalone here for people who are not AAP subscribers. Our next two classes, CCIE Data Center Storage and CCIE Data Center Unified Computing are coming up at the end of September and October respectively. All AAP subscribers can attend the live online classes for free, while anyone who want to purchase the download in advance also gets access to attend these classes.
Below are some excerpts from the class relating to the new FabricPath technology. FabricPath is a new alternative to running Spanning-Tree Protocol in the Layer 2 DC Core, and is a pre-standard version of the TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) feature. The videos below cover the underlying theory of FabricPath, it’s basic configuration, it’s more advanced configurations and verifications, and its integration with Virtual Port Channels (vPCs) with the vPC+ feature.
CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath Overview
CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath Initial Configuration
CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath Configuration & Verification
CCIE Data Center :: Nexus :: FabricPath & vPC+
INE is proud to be able to bring you news that 2 CCIE Data Center seats will be tested per month in the Cisco RTP testing facility, with this number expected to increase to at least 1 per week (possibly 2 seats per week) very shortly based on demand. This is in addition to the CCIE DC seats that will already be available in San Jose, CA and Brussels, Belgium when the lab debuts in October. Also, another Security testing seat has been added to RTP, and many Saturday Security dates have been added as well in RTP, giving the RTP site many available Security seats open ahead of the pending blueprint update.
This weekend Mark Snow and I delivered a vSeminar on CCIE Data Center, and INE’s plans for our CCIE DC training product lines. The vSeminar, which is broken down into two sections of about an hour apiece, is now available in its recorded form below for those of you that weren’t able to join us live this weekend.
The first portion of the vSeminar deals with the hardware and software blueprint for the upcoming CCIE DC Written Exam and CCIE DC Lab Exam. Specifically this includes the following:
- Nexus 7009 v6.0(2) w/ SUP1, 10GE F1, 10GE M1
- Nexus 5548 v5.1(3)
- Nexus 2232
- Nexus 1000v v4.2(1)
- UCS 5108 Blade Chassis
- B200 M2 Blade Servers
- 6248UP Fabric Interconnects v2.0(1x)
- 6204 FEX
- UCS C200 Series Server
- Application Control Engine (ACE) 4710 vA5(1.0)
- MDS 9222i v5.2(2)
- Cisco Data Center Manager software v5.2(2)
- 2511 Router & Catalyst 3750 for mgmt access
The next section deals with the technical topics that are within the scope of the exam, and goes through a high level design overview of the hardware platforms and where their software features fit into the modern Data Center design. Specifically we have subdivided the topics into three main topic domains, which are:
- Nexus Switching
Beyond this we talk more about our plans for delivery methods for CCIE Data Center training, the expected release schedule, and additional training domains moving forward. Specifically the four main delivery methods we will be offering are:
- Online & Live Onsite Classes
- Streaming & Downloadable Videos
- DRM free & cross platform support
- Self-Paced Labs
- Rack Rentals
- CCIE DC Nexus Online Bootcamp - (Aug 27th – 31st 2012)
- CCIE DC Storage Online Bootcamp - (Sept 24th – 28th 2012)
- CCIE DC Computing Online Bootcamp - (Oct 29th – Nov 2nd 2012)
More details about other products such as the primer, deep dive, & troubleshooting video series, self-paced labs, rack rentals, and live onsite classes will be available within the next coming days and weeks and will be posted here on our blog.
Let us know what questions you have going forward with CCIE Data Center training, and Data Center focused training in general, as we are as excited about this brand new track addition as you are!