#CiscoChampion Radio is a podcast series by Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Cisco Certifications.
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Cisco Champion: Stephen Rodriguez (@WiFiJanitor)
Cisco Subject Matter Experts: Antonella Corno, Errol Hayward (@errolhayward), Matt Saunders (@citylifematt)
Developing Cisco Certifications from the outside in, looking at currrent job roles in the market
Certified Partners vs. individual Specialist Certifications
Cisco Learning Network
New Cisco Certifications SME Recruitment Program
How Cisco works to protects certifications from being compromised
How far you can go with emulators before you need actual equipment
Cloud Lab access and other Learning Labs
IT Training Videos and Seminars
Network Programmability Training
How certifications change experience in the workplace
@citylifematt In terms of Exam Development, we also just launched a really cool program around being a SME for the exam team: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-22141
@citylifematt I know @thetasigma is thinking about pursuing a couple of certs, anyone else?
@wifijanitor I’m looking on doubling down on my IE, studying for Wireless Lab
@citylifematt wow, excellent!
thetasigma I’m aiming for datacenter path, yeah, trying to refine what I’ve done on unified computing. Also pondering some level of R&S
@CommsNinja That’s my other question--what certs do people on the call have?
PhilJones I will probably be doing some of the Datacenter track myself but I am working other tracks at this point mostly in the Virtualization space
@citylifematt @thetasigma -- Have you been able to go through any of those videos yet?
@citylifematt Nice, Phil -- Let me know when you get started… I can point you in a few good directions in the DC track
thetasigma @citylifematt not really… I did start @Chris Wahl’s pluralsight videos but will be going into more exploration this coming month.
@citylifematt cool, cool
@stilgar @CommsNinja -- I have CCNA R&S and working on my CCNP R&S right now.
@citylifematt Gally1 comes first anyways
@scottm32768 I have CCNP, CCDA, CCNA Wireless. I’m working schizophrenically on CCDP, CCNP Wireless, and CCIE R&S.
@citylifematt High five @stilgar
@wifijanitor @Commsninja CCNA, CCNA-W, CCNP-W, CCIE R&S, and Boarderless FE
thetasigma boarderless fe means you don’t have anyone renting a room in your house?
@CommsNinja Lots of rock stars here!
@CommsNinja Great question Steve--any other Qs from the crowd?
@citylifematt Ahem <join the Cisco Learning Network> ahem
@stilgar One bit of guidance would be… how much can you do/how far can you go with emulators, and when do you need real kit?
@CommsNinja Settle down Matt!
thetasigma And how do you deal with that if you don’t have a MDS or a UCS pod in your spare bedroom at home?
@citylifematt lol :<
@CommsNinja I’m going to unmute you @thetasigma and you can ask that live in just a minute. Unmuting you now!
@citylifematt @thetasigma -- Great question, the UCS/Nexus environments can be tough right now. Have you tried the CloudLabs yet?
@NetworkingNerd Anything that can be done on a router can be done with emulators (like CML). Anything that requires specific ASICs needs a switch.
@scottm32768 There’s no substitute for hands on time with equipment. You can be book smart, but actually seeing it work really solidifies your knowledge.
@scottm32768 Oh, and when you’re taking the exam, don’t overthink the question.
@wifijanitor agreed Scott, real world is definitely needed when prepping
@citylifematt For Nexus: CloudLabs: https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/thread/50503
@NetworkingNerd Do NOT underestimate the time crunch on the tests. You WILL run out of time if you don’t keep track of the big picture.
@wifijanitor that’s my best advice to people taking the lab, 10-15 if you are stuck, then move on and come back. time management is key
@scottm32768 Definately agree with Tom. I failed my first attempt at ROUTE because I let myself get tunnel vision during a sim.
@CommsNinja Great feedback!
@CommsNinja More questions from the esteemed gallery?
@stilgar @NetworkingNerd you are so right! Even with the NA and NP level time is the killer!
thetasigma Well, it is easy to find them on eBay cheaper-than-new, but licensing and support don’t come cheap.
@NetworkingNerd CML should be able to emulate everything now since the v5 IE lab is 100% virtual.
@scottm32768 Posted this morning http://www.mostlynetworks.com/2014/02/cisco-modeling-labs-overview/
@scottm32768 Nice stuff from Milan, though. I’ll have to backport that update in my post.
PhilJones http://blog.ipspace.net/2013/10/cisco-modeling-lab-virl-behind-scenes.html Modeling Lab (VIRL) behind the scenes
@CommsNinja More questions? Otherwise, I’m gonna keep asking them.
@wifijanitor aaron, anything?
@citylifematt darn I have a question too!
@wifijanitor cough SDN*cough*
thetasigma emulators are SDN
@scottm32768 ooh, yeah. What’s going on with the “network programmability” training?
@NetworkingNerd Only if they have a forwarding plane.
@CommsNinja Matt, Steve, ask your questions! We wrap in 5-7
aconaway I’ll save my rants for another forum.
@citylifematt If I can, I’ll share one more link: Tech Seminars and Recordings here:https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/learning_center/it_training_videos
@NetworkingNerd I like this point. If you’re going to argue for tech adoption, you better know how to speak OpEX alongside OSPF.
@citylifematt @Amy Scotts is a better question (Network Programmability )
@CommsNinja Matt, you can ask on his behalf!
@scottm32768 I’ve seen some of that sort of OpEx thinking present in the design track.
@citylifematt @scott -- very true
@wifijanitor same kinda question track I was thinking of scott & matt, great minds and all
@citylifematt you said my name, the jinx is off
thetasigma But remember to focus on TOI and not just ROI.
Chris Wahl I’ve really enjoyed the focus Cisco has put on the DC track. Layer 2 is my home.
@citylifematt @Chris -- That’s awesome Makes my day.
@NetworkingNerd Layer 2 is a nice home. Not too big, and everything is just a single hop away.
thetasigma It’s just a step to the left.
Chris Wahl It’s like the Cheers bar. Everyone knows your MAC.
@CommsNinja I’m more of a Layer 8 problem.
thetasigma @CommsNinja: I used to have layer 7 problems, but now I get my burritos at Chipotle instead of Taco Bell.
@citylifematt WHAT, no bacon?!
PhilJones Unicorn flavored bacon
Tags: #ciscochampion, CCIE, CCNA, CCNP, Cisco Certification, Cisco Learning Network
Google is creating a vehicle that drives itself. This isn’t really news, right? They’re testing it all over the place, and it’s on the roads in California, at least on highways and freeways (it’s my understanding Google employees are required to be hands-on on side streets and residential areas) and few would argue that the era of computer-driven vehicles is coming soon.
I was discussing this and other Internet of Everything subjects with a friend and we covered some interesting theories around what technology or society might look like in the next several years. Napkin math ensued and the results made my jaw drop.
Now…this is napkin math, literally. The numbers are from legitimate sources, but the extrapolation is pure speculation. Bear with me though, and let’s see where this goes.
There are approximately 247.9 million cars and light trucks in the US, based on a 2013 Experian Automotive market analysis. According to the US Department of Transportation (DoT), US drivers travel approximately 3 trillion miles annually. Also from the US DoT, vehicles travel at an average speed of 32 miles per hour.
I’d scan in a copy of the actual napkin but you wouldn’t be able to read it. (The one in this article is a recreation)
Here are our Napkin Math results: there are 10.7 million cars and/or light trucks traveling US roads at any given point in time. That’s about 4.3% efficiency. Roughly 96% of American vehicles are sitting idle and unused at any given time.
Flash back to 1998, my father was the Y2K Project Manager for a large utility company where I grew up. If you don’t know what Y2K was, please go quietly Google it and don’t make me feel any older than I already am by leaving comments asking what it is. Over the course of his involvement in readying his company for the unavoidable doomsday that would befall them on January 1st 2000, he learned and shared a number of interesting facts that came to light in organizations troubleshooting their potential Y2K issues.
One of these was focused on commercial airlines. Airplanes became a big concern as the Y2K doomsday criers all said they would suddenly fall from the sky at midnight because they had been programmed with 2-digit dates instead of 4. To fix them they needed to be on the ground, obviously but (and here is the interesting fact that my Dad shared with me) apparently something like 60% of the world’s aircraft were in the air at any given time and there wasn’t enough runway space to park them all.
There are many ways to look at that information and dissect it. My take is that commercial airlines are extremely efficient in how they schedule their aircraft. A plane sitting in a hangar is not generating any revenue, so maximize the time spent in the air, and minimize downtime. This makes perfect sense. Compare this to the 4.3% efficiency we have with cars in the US and you’ll start to see where I’m going with this.
Looking at some more current numbers, the FAA’s 2011 fleet report outlines there were 7185 commercial airliners in the United States. Data from a few different sources (Flightaware, FAA) suggests that on average, there are about 3500 of these in the air at any given time. That’s an estimated efficiency of 48.7%. Not perfect, but comparing that to vehicle efficiency, it’s excellent.
What if we could apply that same level of efficiency to our own vehicles?
Now, back to the conversation I was having with a friend around interconnected devices and the future. Imagine your car is now fully automated, and driver-less. You use it for your usual morning commute, but instead of sitting idle in a parking lot somewhere, it takes on other tasks throughout the day until you need it again to drive you home. There are any number of possibilities here, from ad-hoc taxi service, to deliveries, to driving other people to their respective places of work. Let’s assume that all of these vehicles are somehow interconnected and are managed by a centralized scheduling application, which is in turn connected to the smartphone in everyone’s pocket. Getting a ride somewhere becomes rather simple, doesn’t it? Pull out your phone, schedule it, done. Impromptu decision to go for dinner? Grab your phone, and the nearest available smart car arrives in minutes to pick you up. Efficiency skyrockets not only because the time on the road is maximized, but with the driver-less vehicle, speed is also increased, so the gains are two-fold.
If cars at this point essentially become communal, why would anyone even own their own car? Could they become a part of the core infrastructure of a city?
Okay, back to napkin math. Let’s see what would happen if we were able to achieve present-day airline efficiency with the future of interconnected devices and driver-less cars.
10.7 million vehicles (active and on the road) at 4.3% efficiency = approximately 248 million cars.
10.7 million vehicles (active and on the road) at 48.7% efficiency = approximately 22 million cars.
Just by increasing vehicle usage efficiency from 4.3% to 48.7% -- we could (potentially) eliminate 226 million vehicles!
So many questions come to mind. What about the impact to the economy, auto manufacturers and jobs? Will people be willing to give up their ownership of a personal vehicle? Will we actually ever see mass adoption of a driver-less vehicle on our streets and roadways?
As more and more devices become interconnected, it’s difficult to know what the future will look like but the potential at least seems promising.
How do you see the Internet of Everything impacting your daily commute?
Tags: #ciscochampion, Connected Transportation, interconnect, Internet of Everything, Transportation
Welcome to Episode 2 of #CiscoChampion Radio, a podcast series by and for Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).
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Cisco Champion: Colin Lynch (@UCSguru)
Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Joe Onisick (@jonisick)
How ACI lets you manage a network cohesively instead of box-by-box
What a network looks like in ACI mode vs. stand-alone mode
How ACI works with network protocols like spanning-tree and TRILL
Upgrading the Nexus 9000 Series to ACI
When ACI makes sense for your business
Tags: #ciscochampion, ACI, application centric infrastructure, Cisco Nexus 9000
I’ve always been curious about networks. I remember opening up an old Linksys Router and discovering the physical circuit, the processor and integrated memory.
But my official networking life didn’t start until my coworker taught me the basics of routing. The first thing I learned was how to log in and enter commands within the command line. The second was CRC errors. These small lessons peaked my interest and by the following week I was digging in and researching how the devices worked. The first Cisco device I had the pleasure to meet was a Catalyst 6500.
I had no idea what I was doing, but I was eager to learn. Software verses firmware, “.bin”’ extensions, encapsulation, connections from LAN to WAN, wiring. The more I researched, the more I liked it and realized this was what I really wanted to do.
The Journey Continues
My networking life continued in Network Support. I remember open tickets, contact carriers that I had never heard of asking me to provide the exact time of the bounce, grabbing logs, demarcation, follow-up, monitoring for 48 hours straight. I felt like a father watching over his son, feeding him and making sure he was safe and secure.
Top 2 Networking Emergency Moments:
- A carrier went down during business hours, due to an OC-48 card crashing in London. Half of our clients were affected
- An undersea fiber broke, affecting Asia, the Middle East and Europe (Sea-ME-WE 4). I still remember its name
What I Learned
Through the years I’ve learned how to design, implement, monitor and troubleshoot network related issues, but I’m still learning and discovering every day. For instance, I’ve learned how to study in English. I enjoy the learning process, but early on it was all in Spanish. The transition to English was kind of scary.
I’ve also discovered pleasant surprises about Cisco. Sandra Lerner, one of the Cisco creators back in 1984, lives in Northern Virginia not far from when I used to live. And one of the DUAL Algorithm creators is a Mexican teacher, named J.J Garcia-Luna-Aceves. DUAL is the Algorithm used by Cisco in the EIGRP routing protocol.
Now that I’m in the networking world, I see my future clearly. I’m still deciding about my area of focus -- Security, Routing and Switching Wi-Fi, etc., but I keep learning and adsorbing. At some point, I would like to teach about networking.
What have you learned on your networking journey? What’s your top networking emergency moment?
Tags: #ciscochampion, Catalyst 6500, Cisco Router
Welcome to #CiscoChampion Radio, a podcast series by and for Cisco Champions as technologists, hosted by Cisco’s Amy Lewis (@CommsNinja). This week we’re talking about Cisco’s InterCloud announcement and where Cloud is going in 2014.
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Cisco Champions: Eric Wright (@discoposse) and Jonathan Davis (@subnetwork)
Cisco Subject Matter Expert: Mark Loesel
The advantage of the hybrid Cloud
The Inevitability of Cloud
How Cloud impacts privacy
Which businesses have the most opportunity with Cloud
How Cloud will mature
How Cisco InterCloud is securing enterprise data in a hybrid/public Cloud scenario
Tags: #ciscochampion, Cisco cloud, cisco intercloud