Jul
10
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... Read More
Apr
15
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... Read More
Mar
24
Update: The CCIE Data Center Technology Lab Workbook is now available 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... Read More
Jan
07
This week I will be running a Nexus NX-OS Primer class online. This class is essentially Nexus NX-OS for Cisco IOS engineers, and is designed to get you quickly up to speed with using Cisco’s Next Generation Data Center Switching Network Operating System, Nexus NX-OS. Class will run Wednesday - Friday (Jan 9th - 11th) from 10am PST - 2pm PST (18:00 - 22:00 GMT). This class is free to attend for all users with active All Access Pass subscriptions. Recorded versions will be available in streaming... Read More
Dec
10
The third and final portion of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps - Unified Computing with Nexus 1000v - is now complete, and the videos are available for both streaming and download. This class focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System - both B-Series and C-Series servers, Fabric Interconnects, and also the Nexus 1000v. We use the Nexus 5548UP switches along with Cisco MDS 9222i and a rack of JBODs to configure absolutely everything live in the class, including boot-from-SAN, FC... Read More
Nov
20
We had seen the official press release last week, but weren't able to say anything until it became public today, and now the Learning@Cisco team has finally released the CCNA Data Center and CCNP Data Center certs for public consumption. A consolidated requirements page can be found here. One unique thing about these two is that they don't require a standard CCNA (R&S) first as a pre-requisite. This makes sense, since this track has literally nothing to do with IOS. It also is largely because... Read More
Oct
15
The second portion of our CCIE Data Center Live Online Bootcamps - Storage Networking - is now complete, and the videos are available for streaming and download. This class focuses on Fibre Channel Switching, IP Storage, and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on the Nexus 5500, Nexus 7000, and MDS series switches. Read More
Sep
17
Just about an hour ago, Cisco made the CCIE Data Center written exam available to be both scheduled and tested. So stop reading this and go schedule your written exam!     Assuming you are now back from scheduling your written, purchase and begin watching our CCIE Data Center Nexus Switching course to prepare for your lab exam, as those videos are now available for streaming and download (the page still notes they are coming, and we will get that updated today, but be sure they are indeed ready... Read More
Sep
05
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... Read More
Jul
25
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... Read More

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