Jul
24

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.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zcYbQqDrCs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu3xpW6yq4Q

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)
  • JBODs
  • 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
  • Storage
  • Computing

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
The first of these products that we will be releasing are the Live Online Classes.   You can sign up for these classes here, which will give you access to attend the classes live, and also to the recorded versions of the classes which will be available about a week after each class's completion.  These classes and dates are:

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!

Jul
13

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

Nov
30

In our current CCDP course - we examined the hot topic of Virtualization in not one, but two lessons.

I thought our students would love to check out this Cisco TechWise TV episode entitled Unlocking the Potential of Virtualization. This episode compliments our course nicely and focuses on:

  • Impediments to virtualization
  • VN-Link and the Nexus 1000v
  • Network interface virtualization
  • Virtualization and storage enviorments

In order to view, you just need to fill out a quick form. I recommend the use of Internet Explorer and Real Player for the best viewing experience.

I hope you enjoy.

Nov
07

The INE CCDP Bootcamp covers in depth information about the Nexus line from Cisco Systems. Here is some of the overview information from the course for those that desire a quick introduction to this line of equipment.

With the Nexus gear, Cisco introduces us to yet another operating system called NX-OS. The platforms that run this Operating System include:

  • Nexus 7000
  • Nexus 5000
  • Nexus 2000
  • Nexus 1000V
  • Cisco MDS 9000
  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
  • Nexus 4000

What are the key features of this new Operating System? Capabilities include:

  • Virtual Device Contexts (VDC) - devices can be segmented into virtual devices
  • Virtual Port Channels (vPC) - switches or servers able to use EtherChannel across two upstream switches
  • Continuos system operation - thanks to features like In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) and dynamic restart for processes
  • Security - 802.1AE
  • From Base Service licenses to Advanced Services and Transport Services

Our course ensures you understand all of the management interfaces available with the Nexus line. These include:

  • Controller (CP)/Supervisor
  • Connectivity Management Processor
  • MGMT0
  • Telnet
  • SSH
  • Extended Markup Language (XML) management interface
  • Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)

If you are interested in learning all about these network components and their differences from the IOS-based devices, be sure to attend the live course - or enjoy the On-Demand version.

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