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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:
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!
CCIE SPv3 Rack Rentals – which include IOS XR – are now out of beta and available for normal scheduling via the INE Members’ Site. The rack topology is based on our CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Lab Workbook and the CCIE Service Provider Version 3.0 Advanced Technologies Class.
Currently each session costs 20 tokens, and each session is 3 hours long. If you purchase tokens in bulk this basically means that SPv3 rack time is around $3 per hour. Token based sessions start on Monday May 7th. People who booked beta sessions before this time (i.e. through Sunday) will still maintain their free sessions. Anyone who booked a beta session on Monday May 7th or later has had your session removed. You can of course add them back through the scheduler, but the sessions are no longer free to book after the end of this weekend.
We’re continuing to add functionality to the new scheduler and its control panel, which includes choosing a config to pre-load before a session starts via the control panel, remote power control via the control panel, loading product configs, saving your current configs, renaming your previously saved configs, downloading your previously saved configs, and re-loading your previously saved configs onto a current session or session scheduled in the future.
If anyone runs into any problems with the scheduler or any of its features please submit feedback so we can get these issues addressed as soon as possible.
Thanks and good luck in your studies!
This is a short publication to help you get started with Graded Labs Racks Rentals for CCIE Routing and Switching. We often see people having repeating issues when renting the rack time, so this is guide on how to avoid them. This document is a companion to the following class-on-demand videos: Using the GradedLabs.com Rack Scheduling System and Access the Racks. It is recommended that you both read this publication and watch these short videos to fully benefit from Graded Labs rack rentals.
We are excited to announce our newest release of IEWB-VO VOL1 labs covering the new CCIE Voice blueprint, which becomes effective as of July this year. The first of the CCIE Voice v3.0 labs are now out in beta format, in addition to new Voice Racks available to rent covering the new topology! All current customers who have purchased IEWB-VO VOL1 will automatically receive the new updates in their members account at no additional cost. Each section of the new VOL1 includes technology-focused labs with explanations, verifications, further reading links, and dedicated troubleshooting sections.
The initial release covers Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express (CUCME, formally known as Call Manager Express or CME). We will continue releasing new voice content covering all new blueprint topics, with a new section being released each week. The next release will include more CUCME labs, as well as Unity Express tasks, followed by the first of the new Unified Communications Manager Labs! The initial VOL1 release covers the following topics:
CUCME Basic Configuration
Phone Registration & Number Assignment (SCCP Phones)
IOS Call Routing
Voice Translation Rules
Single Number Reach
Softkey Customization – SCCP
Softkey Customization – SIP
Voice Hunt Groups
Ephone Hunt groups
Dynamic Hunt groups
The new voice racks are fully compliant with the CCIE Voice hardware specification posted at Cisco’s website: CCIE Voice Hardware Specification. To many folks out there, the new hardware lists is a huge relief, as the many old and expensive devices including the 6500 switch and the VG248 are now gone. Plus, the addition of SIP phones allows for more flexible choice of softphone software, not limited to the small set of SCCP-compatible products available on the market.
As for the people preparing using the old blueprint, our rack rentals support the old CCIE Voice hardware specification as well. Nothing will change until the lasts days the old blueprint remains valid.
Thank you, and be sure to check back often for more updates!
Recently as most rack rental customers are aware of it’s not easy to find an available rack or mock lab session. Our security rack rentals are running near 100% capacity, the SP racks are also near 100% capacity, voice is already near 75% capacity and R&S rack rentals are near 92.5% capacity. Currently we are out of power and space at our two offices in the Reno Technology Center. We have just signed a lease on a new 4200sqft hosting facility. This will allow us to expand to over 400 CCIE racks. We have already started purchasing the additional hardware for the new racks and they should start becoming available in November so watch for sessions that are currently sold out to become available.
Around the middle of November you will see the start times of the rack rentals and mock labs vary (every 3 hours a session will start). This is designed to accommodate our customers in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Currently the sessions start at inconvenient times for customers in these locations.
The voice racks now support EZVPN and SSL VPN connections. We have installed two VPN routers for redundancy and to allow for multiple connections. This means you can now use your own phones and/or soft phones. We are also adding additional 7960s to each rack. After next week you will see one additional 7960 phone added to the HQ site bringing the total to three 7960s and one additional 7960 for the BR1 site bring the total to two 7960s.
We will have a voice bootcamp rental kit available for anyone running their own voice CCIE bootcamps. Currently vendors that are renting out our voice racks for bootcamps need to provide their own IP phones and router/PIX/ASA for the VPN connection. The new kit that is identical to the kit we will start using for the voice bootcamps includes (per student) three 7960 phones, an ATA 186 and an analog phone. There is also one VG248, two 3550 24 port PoE switches, one 2811 and the necessary cables needed to connect everything up.
I would like to add that our voice rack rentals are only $15 per 5.5 hours. In addition to our voice products and classes you should be able to do any vendor’s practice labs on our voice racks. To view our topology click here.