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Thursday, July 1, 2010

CCIE Wireless lab: more seats to come

If you ever tried to book a seat for the CCIEW lab, you probably were shocked to see that the waiting list was at best 3 months, and in many cases 6 months.
So far, there are 3 racks for the CCIE W lab: 2 in San Jose, 1 in Brussels. You can take the lab from 3 locations: San Jose (on San Jose pod 1 or 2, but only one pod is used at a time for San Jose candidates), Brussels (on Brussels pod), and Sydney (using one of the San Jose pods).
The lab team is adding a third physical rack in San Jose, that will be dedicated to RTP candidates. So, from August 1st, you will be able to take the lab from RTP (for those who may not know, RTP is in North Carolina, USA), having a local AP and VoWLAN phone in RTP, and the rest of the pod as rack 3 in San Jose. This is great news, because it will not only add new seats on the East coast, but also partially unload San Jose...
This is huge effort for the CCIE W lab team. Although it looks very simple from outside ("hey, you guys are Cisco, just get to the warehouse, pick up hardware, and set up a new rack!"), it is in fact far more complex. Just like for you and me, getting a lab gear is an investment on the team budget, that has to be justified in terms of utilization... and as you know, each pod is expensive (yeah, of course they have a discount, but it still makes each pod a serious investment), so ROI on such an investment is probably not obvious for most managers, including at Cisco. So they probably have been struggling to get that new pod going so that us, candidates, get more seats. Thanks guys! This will make our attempts easier and the waiting time between attempts shorter.

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