Yesterday a major announcement came out from Cisco Systems. It’s about the introduction of Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) to its career Certification Program. So with an introduction of Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) training and certification program, Cisco Systems is targeting even the Network Technicians who perform onsite support and maintenance for Cisco infrastructure for Routing and Switching, TelePresence and Data Center solutions. At least now I can convince my management to give me some relief as my technicians are certified by Cisco Systems to carry out some of the basic tasks in our Data Center.
Currently Cisco Systems are offering three Cisco Certified Technician (CCT) Certifications.
1) Cisco CCT Routing & Switching certification
2) Cisco CCT Data Center certification
3) Cisco CCT TelePresence certification.
The Cisco CCT Routing & Switching certification which certifies that an onsite technician has the required skills and knowledge to work with Cisco Routers and Switches performing task such as troubleshooting, repairs, hot-swap of specific components, and create TAC tickets as required. The Cisco CCT Routing and Switching certification serves as a prerequisite for the Cisco CCT Data Center certification and the Cisco CCT TelePresence certification.
Exams & Recommended Training for Cisco CCT Routing & Switching certification are as follows
In my next post I will talk about Cisco CCT Data Center certification and the Cisco CCT TelePresence certification. It’s a good move from Cisco and for sure this certification is very handy and provides a solid foundation to all those technicians who are aim the sky (CCIE)
Recently I was going through Cisco Live Virtual web site and I was browsing the presentation Cisco Data Center/Storage Certification. According to Cisco Data Center/Storage Certification Presentation there are 22741 Cisco Certified Internetwork Experts (CCIE’s) worldwide. Still CCIE Routing and Switching lead the table followed by CCIE Security.Here is the detailed breakout of CCIE World Wide statistics which was last updated on 2/18/2011.
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Total of Worldwide CCIEs 22741
Total of Routing and Switching CCIEs 16647
Total of Security CCIEs 2537
Total of Service Provider CCIEs 1951
Total of Service Provider Operation CCIEs 5
Total of Storage Networking CCIEs 145
Total of Voice CCIEs 1414
Total of Wireless CCIEs 42
According my assumption if someone who is targeting either CCIE Security or Voice they are expected to find enormous opportunities. But Routing and Switching CCIE happens to be a most valued IT Certification.
Many CCIEs have gone on to pass the Certification Exams In Additional Tracks, Becoming a ―Multiple CCIE.Below Are Selected Statistics on CCIEs Who Are Certified in More Than One Track
Total with Multiple Certifications Worldwide 2650
Total of Routing and Switching and Security CCIEs 809
Total of Routing and Switching and Service Provider CCIEs 790
Total of Routing and Switching and Storage Networking CCIEs 35
Total of Routing and Switching and Voice CCIEs 347
Total with 3 or More Certifications 476
Difference between shared mode and dedicated mode operation in Nexus 7000 Series Switches – Series 2
In my previous post we discovered how Nexus 7000 Series line card works in shared mode. The other mode of operation is known as dedicated mode. Unlike in shared mode where four interfaces share the 10 Giga Bandwidth, the dedicated mode offers 10 GB bandwidth to the first interface of the group while all the three remaining will be disabled.
In previous post we learned how the of Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module (N7K-M132XP-12) works in shared mode by. In the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module (N7K-M132XP-12) each group can be configured individually as either dedicated or shared mode. Always a dedicated port is easy to identify in any Nexus line card as they are marked yellow.
The main disadvantage of configuring a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module is that you are losing 24 ports functionality as they are totally disabled, and the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module works as 8 port module. Rather I prefer to use a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 8 port, 10 Giga Ethernet module (N7K-M108X2-12L).
Difference between shared mode and dedicated mode operation in Nexus 7000 Series Switches – Series 1
When it comes to the line cards of Nexus 7000 Series Switches, they operate in either in shared mode or dedicated mode. So what is the difference between shared mode and dedicated mode operation?
In shared mode operation say four interfaces of 10 Giga are grouped together and they offer in total of 10 GB of bandwidth, which creates an over subscription of 4:1
Take an example of Cisco Nexus 7000 Series 32-port, 10-Gigabit Ethernet module (N7K-M132XP-12), this 32 port 10 GE module have an 80 GB fabric connection so they are over 4:1 subscribed , in this module by default four interfaces grouped together either in odd numbers such as 1,3,5,7 or even numbers such as 2,4,6,8. Rather than offering 40 GB of bandwidth they offer just 10 GB of which results in over subscription. This mode of operation is known as shared mode operation, which is on by default in on all the Nexus 7000 Series Switch line cards except N7K-M108X2-12L line card.
In upcoming post I will talk about the dedicated mode and how we can configure ports to work in dedicated mode in Nexus 7000 Series Switch. Nexus 7000 Series Switch line cards, N7K-M108X2-12L line card,
According Juniper Networks press release their second quarter net revenues rose by 15%.
“We delivered solid year-over-year growth in the June quarter. However, we saw some moderation in certain areas of the business, which resulted in revenues coming in below our expectations. I’m pleased with our diligent expense control, which enabled us to generate earnings within our guidance range,” said Robyn Denholm, chief financial officer at Juniper Networks. “We have taken decisive steps to ensure our cost structure takes into account the near term revenue environment while preserving investments that support our multi-year growth agenda.”
For more details check their press release.
In one my post I talked about the new announced SUP 2T by Cisco Systems for Cisco 6500 Series Switch. There is a great video by Tech Wise TV which briefs about the SUP 2T. It’s worth watching. Please check this demo.
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Whenever you are trying to place an order or trying the figure out the details of the Nexus 7000 Series line care follow the below breakdown of how to read the nomenclature and understand what it is tell you.
- N7K = denotes Nexus 7K chassis blade
- M1 = denotes L2 and L3 capable line card; F would denote only L2 capable
- 32 = 32 ports are supported
- X = each port is capable of 10Gbps
- P = SPF+ port types
- -1 = first generation fabric line card
- 2 = means that 2 crossbar fabric cards are required to use this line card at its full potential.
The Connectivity Management Processor (CMP) is separate processor on the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series supervisor module that is in addition to the main control processor (CP). The CMP provides a second network interface to the device for use even when the CP is not reachable. You can access the CMP to configure it and to perform system operations, such as taking over the CP console or restarting the CP. The CMP can reset all system components, including power supplies; it can also reset the host supervisor module to which it is attached, enabling a complete system restart.
The Connectivity Management Processor (CMP) available even if its supervisor module is in standby mode or the device is down because of issues such as over-temperature alarms. Each CMP gets power from an auxiliary power bus in the device that remains operational so long as you have at least one power cable attached to the device.
All these options are available through the Connectivity Management Processor (CMP) because it contains its own RAM, bootflash, and front panel management Ethernet port.
The Connectivity Management Processor (CMP) provides the following functions:
• Communicates with the supervisor module and I/O modules even if Cisco NX-OS device is not responding on the mgmt0 port.
• Maintains connectivity when you reboot the supervisor module.
• Monitors the supervisor module console port.
• Reboots the local supervisor module or the entire system.
• Takes over the supervisor module console port.
• Collects failure logs and watches bootup diagnostic messages.
Currently Supervisor Engine 1 is the only supervisor Engine Module available for the Nexus 7000 Series Switch, which is designed to provide a scalable control plane and management functions based on dual core processor. Cisco recommends to have two supervisor Engines per chassis in an active/standby mode.
The Supervisor Engine 1 Module provides the following
- Dual-core 1.66Ghz Intel Xeon processors with 4GB DRAM
- 2MB NVRAM, 2GB internal boot disk, 2 external compact flash slots
- 10/100/1000bps management port
- Console and Auxiliary serial ports
- USB file transfer port
- Connectivity Management Processor (CMP) with separate 10/100/1000 Ethernet access that will support 802.1ae LinkSec encryption in the future.
- Supervisory modules run in Active/Standby mode for continuous operation
The most interesting part of Supervisor Engine 1 for me is the Connectivity Management Processor (CMP) which is basically designed to support remote management and troubleshooting of the system. Since a lot of information is available about Supervisor Engine 1, in my next post I will try to highlight the importance of Connectivity Management Processor (CMP) in the Supervisor Engine 1.
Microsoft is ready with RTM (Release to Manufactures build) of its news “Mango” update for its Windows Phone operating System. This allows the mobile manufacturers to start using the Mango OS on their forthcoming mobile handsets.
According industry experts the first ever Mango powered phone is expected to hit the selves later this year; however an official timescale for release has not yet been disclosed.
Terry Myerson, Corporate Vice President of Windows Phone Engineering said, “This marks the point in the development process where we hand code to our handset and mobile operator partners to optimize Mango for their specific phone and network configurations. Here on the Windows Phone team, we now turn to preparing for the update process. The Mango update for current Windows Phone handsets will be ready this fall, and of course will come pre-installed on new Windows Phones.”
The new Windows Phone Mango update will bring close to 500 new features to the OS. Some of these include integration with Internet Explorer 9 and app multi-tasking. I am waiting eagerly to see how Microsoft will try impact the smartphone market with its new OS.