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Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure 2018

Based on Gartner by 2020, only 40% of network operations teams will use the command line interface (CLI) as their primary interface, down from 75% in 2018.

Cisco still evolving their Unified Vison across the Campus with DNA Center and SD-Access solutions giving the full capabilities in one single pane of glass simplying the day-to-day operations.

Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure


Magic Quadrant for the Wired and Wireless LAN Access Infrastructure 2018

Online proctored exams at Pearson VUE

Pearson VUE launched the Online proctored exams, what this means? You can do your exam at your office, home, etc. with a Proctor online to help if any issue arise (not exam related!). It has off course strict requirements (webcam,mic, etc), and after do some search only certain vendors allow this kind of exam, and Cisco, Juniper, VMware are out.

For more info read here

vSphere 6.5 update 1 is out

VMWare published vSphere 6.5 Update 1 with some relevant enhancements, you can read the full article here

vSphere 6.5 Update 1 further refines vSphere 6.5 while also adding key additional support and enhancements including:

vSphere Client Now Supports 90% of General Workflows

The HTML5-based vSphere Client now can support up to 90% of general workflows.  This is welcomed news as VMware pushes towards 100% parity between the various clients.

vCenter Server Foundation Now Support 4 Hosts

In discussions with customers with smaller environments, VMware has received feedback that 3 host environments were too small in many cases.  If VMware vCenter Server Foundation could just support 1 additional host that would make all the difference.  This is why with vSphere 6.5 Update 1 VMware is now increasing the number of hosts that vCenter Server Foundation will support from 3 host to 4.

vSphere Support and Interoperability Across Ecosystems

VMware prides itself on having one of the broadest ecosystems across any industry.  As with any new product, at initial release, some partners were not ready with compatible versions of their products.  Many of these incompatibilities are now a thing of the past, as we have worked with our partners to test and ensure interoperability.  Furthermore, the ecosystem is also expanding as we forge new alliances to add vendor support for things such as Security Key Management and Proactive HA, to name a few.

vSphere 6.5 General Support Has Been Extended

VMware understands that upgrading infrastructure can be a lengthy process.   One consideration for whether or not to upgrade is how long the new product will be supported.  VMware wants to make the customer’s decision to upgrade easier by extending general support for vSphere 6.5 for a full 5 years.  This means that support for vSphere 6.5 will now end November 15, 2021.

Upgrade from vSphere 6.0 Update 3 Now Supported

Customers who are on vSphere 6.0 Update 3 now have a supported upgrade path to vSphere 6.5.

A recap of key capabilities offered in vSphere 6.5 can be found here.

Largest FREE Microsoft eBook Giveaway!

This giveaway includes: Windows 10, Office 365, Office 2016, Power BI, Azure, Windows 8.1, Office 2013, SharePoint 2016, SharePoint 2013, Dynamics CRM, PowerShell, Exchange Server, System Center, Cloud, SQL Server and more!

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


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:

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

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



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


  • 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

   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
    • 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


  • 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

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


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

OR   300-165 DCII


300-170 DCVAI


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


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)


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


CCNA Data Center

CCNP Data Center

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

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

Cisco reviewed the Datacenter track from v1 to v6 on Associate and Professional level, a lots of new technologies are part of this new revision. Exciting times!

CCNA Overview

640-911 DCICN
Last Day to Test
is April 11, 2017

OR   200-150 DCICN

640-916 DCICT
Last Day to Test
is April 11, 2017

OR   200-155 DCICT


Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)

DCICN Exam Comparison

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

Key Topics Removed:

  • Removed product-specific elements, such as Nexus, and instead increased the focus on skills and technologies
  • Removed Ethernet low-level functionality and added operational roles of data center devices; for example, use cases to deploy various types of physical devices
  • Removed Cisco IOS router topics
  • Removed specifications of platform components as in boot process procedures, passwords, and diagnostics

Key Topics Added or Changed:

  • Increased breadth of data center networking concepts including First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP), data center networking architectures such as spine-and-leaf designs, unicast and multicast, and authentication, authorization, and accounting (AAA) concepts and filtering
  • Additional focus on high-availability switching concepts, port channel, virtual Port Channel (vPC), and control plane and data plane separation
  • Increased data center storage concepts including Fiber Channel operations and design, IP storage protocols, and moved storage topics from DCICT into DCICN
  • Added basic understanding of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

DCICT Exam Comparison

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

Key Topics Removed or Moved:

  • Removed Cisco Data Center Fundamentals topics including SAN have removed
  • Removed network design models
  • Moved and expanded Storage Networking, including SAN, Fibre Channel, and IP Storage topics into 200-150 DCICN
  • Removed Network Services topics such as load balancers, Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) and Cisco Wide Area Application Services (WAAS)

Key Topics Added:

  • Expand virtualization of compute and network
  • Overlay and underlay, control plane and data plane
  • Basics of cloud computing
  • Automation and orchestration of data center infrastructure including Cisco UCS Director basic functions
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) including the architecture of an ACI environment, the policy-driven application deployment model, and the ACI logical model


CCNA Data Center

CCNP Data Center

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

I’m now part of Cisco Champions 2017 team

Yes! I’m really glad to be one of chosen! For those of you which are not familiar with it, Cisco Champions is Cisco’s Recognition program. Its main goal is to encourage and recognize knowledge-sharing efforts. Becoming a Cisco Champion gives you Exclusive Program benefits.


Get the Swag

  • Welcome Kit: Watch for details on how to receive your official Cisco Champion Welcome Kit.
  • Official Shirt: Pick up your official Cisco Champion polo shirt when you visit a Cisco event like Cisco Live. Let us know what Cisco events you’ll be attending.
  • Digital Badge: Download the official 2017 Cisco Champion Digital Badge. Display it with pride! Badge attached to this email. View Badge Guidelines.
  • Interact Online
  • Cisco Champion-only Community: Join your fellow Champions in the private space within the Cisco Communities.
  • Cisco Spark Team Space: Join the lively conversations with Cisco Champions and your Cisco leads. Log in to Spark next week and you’ll see the team and rooms.
  • Newsletter: You will receive the weekly newsletter featuring a round-up of content, Champion blogs, upcoming events, and exclusive updates.


  • Cisco Champion Radio: Attend and participate in live, weekly podcasts with Cisco SMEs. Look for weekly invites, suggest topics, and watch for opportunities to co-host.
  • Cisco Champion Blogger Program: Post on the Cisco Perspectives blog. Each Champion receives two blogging spots per year. View guidelines.
  • Briefing Calls: Champions receive invitations to attend pre-launch briefings to find out the latest Cisco news before the rest of the world. Watch for calendar invites as calls are announced.

What is the distribution across the the Technologies?

Cisco Spark Board brings user experience to the Next Level

How many times you take a picture of the whiteboard after your meeting? 3 months later do you remember who did what? the reasons behind each line? Maybe not right. So Cisco launched Spark Board, a 4K, all-in-one device that enables screen sharing, interactive whiteboarding and video conferencing. The Cisco Spark Board, which comes in 55- and 70-inch models use NVIDIA’s Jetson platform. This kicks in user experience to the next level on the Collaboration Suite.
On Spark board you can interact during your meetings using a whiteboard, save the notes, keep track of who did what on it. It will be easy now review a meeting recorded, where we have all the information interconnected.


Cisco Spark Board