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Cisco Catalyst reborn

Cisco announced a new platform, Catalyst 9k (fixed and modular), a new hit for the Enterprise Architecture.

Some of the benefits i’ve captured:

  • Secure segmentation with SD-Access
  • Unmatched 60W POE on every access port
  • DNA Center
  • IoT readiness
  • Cloud readiness
  • IOS-XE
  • UADP 2.0
  • StackWise Virtual
  • IEEE1588
  • MACsec256
  • Encrypted Traffic Analysis (ETA)
  • Licensing mode changed (no info yet)

Catalyst 9300

Catalyst 9400

Catalyst 9500

 

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InfoSecurity Europe 2017 at London

A great opportunity for a heads up on new trends and other insights.  This will be my first Infosec so it will be interesting meet other people from different angles. Great KeyNote Speakers are confirmed so far, don’t miss it! You can register here

The Conference Programme has a lot to offer, it will be divided in the following categories:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlB7ZzJ9U34

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New Cisco Certs on Programming Skills

We have been observing a lots talk about SDN (and flavours), programmability , APIs, Automation, and so on.  Cisco is launching new Certifications embracing a new Era of Software. So stay relevant! You can read the full article here https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/blogs/talking-tech-with-cisco/2017/04/06/new-certifications-and-training-to-meet-the-needs-of-today-s-digitized-businesses

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NetRiders Competition 2017

NetRiders is a Competition offered for students currently or recently enrolled in a Cisco Networking Academy course. Each region offers three levels of competitions: CCNA, CCENT, and IT Essentials. Eligibility requirements differ per competition level. Competition schedules differ for each region.

What are the benefits?

  • Develop and grow networking and IT skills
  • Test and showcase skills in a fun and rewarding environment
  • Compete to be the most skilled student in a region
  • Interact and compete with fellow students at a national level
  • Increase knowledge and enhance future professional development (i.e. available for more employment opportunities)
  • Get visibility from other schools to become an instructor
  • Win prizes

The registrations are now the the following Region, if you belong to another region check the official page here

 

 

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Juniper Networks Certified Expert Data Center (JNCIE-DC) Open for Registration

At the pinnacle of the Data Center certification track is the 1-day JNCIE-DC practical exam. This exam is designed to validate the networking professionals’ ability to deploy, configure, manage, and troubleshoot Junos-based platforms. Throughout this 8-hour practical exam, candidates will build a data center network consisting of multiple MX Series and QFX Series devices. Successful candidates will perform system configuration on all devices including management capabilities, a Clos IP fabric, EVPN/VXVLAN, DCI, and CoS features.

The JNCIE-DC is valid for three years. Recertification is achieved by passing the current version of the JNCIP-DC exam or by attending a corresponding course.

Exam Overview

Exam code: JPR-980

Lab Exam (Hands-on Lab)

Held at selected Juniper Networks testing centers

Exam length: 8 hours

Prerequisite certification: JNCIP-DC

The lab will be available 3 April 2017

Junos Software Release:

  • MX80 3D Universal Edge Router: 16.1
  • QFX5100 Ethernet Switch: 14.1
  • vMX 3D Universal Edge Router: 15.1
  • vSRX Services Gateway: 12.1

Topics for the Exam

    Management

  • On-box Scripts
    • Event scripts
    • Commit scripts
    • Operation scripts
  • Junos Space
    • Auto discover
    • Configuration management
  • ZTP
    • Initial provisioning of QFX switches using a CentOS DHCP server
  • NETCONF

   Layer 2 Underlay

  • VCF configurations
    • Master and backup RE
    • Inactive state VCF member
    • VCP port setup
  • Convert interface speed
    • 40G to 4x10G
  • MC-LAG
    • Interchassis link (ICL) redundancy
    • IRB MAC Sync
    • Layer 3 gateway function
    • ICCP

Layer 3 Underlay

  • BGP for an IP Clos fabric
    • Clos IP fabric
    • Loopback interface for routing updates
    • EBGP in an IP fabric
    • Avoid blackholing traffic
    • Routing policies

    Controllerless Overlay

  • EVPN control plane
    • EVPN signaling
    • EVPN routes
    • VNI target communities
    • Prevent suboptimal routing
    • Inter-VRF routing
    • Automatic route-target
    • Load balancing
    • Anycast Gateway
  • EVPN/VXLAN
    • Virtual tunnel end point function
    • VXLAN learning process
    • MAC address learning
    • Passing traffic between VNIs

    Data Center Interconnect (DCI)

  • DCI
    • EVPN signaled VXLAN
    • L3VPN implementation
    • EVPN MPLS

    Security

  • Control plane protection
    • Firewall filters
    • Role-base access control (RBAC)
  • SRX Series device as a gateway
    • Security zones
    • Security policies

    Class of Service (CoS)

  • CoS features
    • Loss priority
    • Rewrite rules
    • Shaping and policing
    • Scheduling
    • BA and MF classification
    • Drop profiles
    • Traffic control profiles

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Cisco Data Center Associate and Professional Level Updated from v1.0 to v6.0 Part 2

This is the seconds part of the Cisco Data Center Revision v1 to v6

CCNP Overview

642-999 DCUCI
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR   300-175 DCUCI

                                                                                          AND

642-997 DCUFI
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR   300-165 DCII

                                                                                         AND

300-170 DCVAI

                                                                                         AND

642-998 DCUCD
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

AND 642-996 DCUFD
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR 300-160 DCID

                                                                                              OR

642-035 DCUCT
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

AND 642-980 DCUFT
Last Day to Test
is July 3, 2017

OR 300-180 DCIT

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI)

DCUCI Exam Comparison

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key topic changes that have been made to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed (or Moved):

  • Product-specific knowledge for B-Series and C-Series UCS Servers (three domains)
  • Implement UCS Server Virtualization Features (Domain 5) replaced by task 3.1, Implement Integration of Centralized Management

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Automation added, including Implementing integration of centralized management and scripting tools
  • Increased emphasis on data center security (a dedicated domain)
  • Increased emphasis on data center storage connectivity (a dedicated domain), including FCoE

 

Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)

DCII Exam Comparison

Outlined below are the key topics that have been removed and added to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed:

  • Product-specific knowledge for Cisco Nexus switches and Cisco NX-OS Software
  • Network virtualization focus reduced (removed Cisco VM-FEX, Nexus integration with vCenter Manager, Cisco Adapter FEX)

Key Topics Added or Significantly Increased:

  • Coverage of new technology, VXLAN, added in Implement Data Center Protocols
  • Increased emphasis on routing, including these new topics: OSPFv2, OSPFv3, and ISIS protocols
  • Broader topic coverage on data center infrastructure security, including these new topics: ACLs, CoPP, fabric binding, and port security

 

Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)

DCVAI Exam

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key topics that are included in the exam and training curriculum.

Key topics removed compared to DCUFI Topic 6.0:

  • Adapter FEX, VM-FEX, and Nexus vCenter Manager integration

Key Topics added compared to DCUFI Topic 6.0:

  • Added new domains focused on implementation for infrastructure automation, Application Centric Infrastructure, Application Centric infrastructure network resources, and Application Centric Infrastructure management and monitoring

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

DCID Exam Comparison

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key changes that have been made to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed (or Moved):

  • Design methodology and data center structure and modularity removed, because basic design knowledge is assumed for CCNP Data Center candidates
  • Troubleshooting topics removed; now covered in 300-180 DCIT
  • Security design not covered; the focus for data center candidates on data center security implementation, which is included in 300-165 DCII, and troubleshooting, which is included in 300-180 DCIT

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Data center unified fabric and unified computing design topics combined into one exam, reflecting the combined skills that are expected of a data center IT professional

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)

DCIT Exam Comparison

Outlined below are highlights of some of the key changes that have been made to the exam and training curriculum.

Key Topics Removed (or Moved):

  • Removed product-specific coverage of Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers; for example, Troubleshooting Data Center Compute Platforms now concentrated into one domain by removing product-specific topics

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Combined the Data Center Unified Fabric and Unified Computing troubleshooting topics into one exam, reflecting the combined skills that are expected of a data center IT professional
  • Troubleshooting routing protocols added
  • Troubleshooting virtual switching technologies added
  • Application Centric Infrastructure added
  • Troubleshooting data center LAN and SAN security and compute security added

References:

CCNA Data Center

CCNP Data Center

Cisco Data Center Associate and Professional Level Updated from v1.0 to v6.0 Part 1

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