the new north texas cisco data centers

Cisco just completed a new data center build out in Allen, TX that not only has the goal of being a production Cisco environment, but also has a Gold LEED Certification.  I totally geek out over this stuff... here's a video walk through of the new data center, just North of Dallas, TX.

This data center will be a redundant production site for Cisco, along with their Richardson, TX data center.  Cisco has also building out a third data center in Raleigh, NC to be a DR site for the North Texas pair.  Here is a short video detailing some of the components of the Raleigh data center to achieve a Gold LEED Certification...

Pretty impressive stuff that is really shaping our day to day 'cloud based' world without any of us really realizing it.

What do you geek out over?


when did this happen?

Back in high school I took a Network+ class that had just been put together for the then brand new test.  A few of us in the class where selected to go over to yet another new class and prep for Cisco certification; however, there where no teachers who had Cisco cert level knowledge just yet.  So, the four of us that moved over had a room full of Cisco 2514 routers, 25 food serial cables, and 1900xl switches to "learn" on... and so, we spent the better part of half a semester setting up a lab by following an old lab book, but never really learned enough about the CCNA test to get certified.

So, here I am, 9 years later; finally serious about getting my Cisco certification and I have a lab full of Cisco 2514 routers.  It's bitter sweet, knowing I had this at my finger tips so long ago, but I digress...

The lab has come a long way!  I still have the two 2514s I got from a coworker, but after snagging a 2950G (enhanced image) on eBay, I came across a guy who was unloading two basic 24port 2950s, a 2621 router, and yet another 2514 on Craigslist.   And so the lab grew...

I went back and ordered a WIC-2T and cables on eBay to turn the 2621 into a frame relay switch and pulled the 1721 out of the mix for now.

If I subtract the $60 cost of the 1721, including the memory upgrade, my CCNA lab is up to just under $300 in cost thanks to the AUI ethernet transceiver cost and eBay shipping costs... not too shabby for an eBay lab I guess.

So, there's the lab update.  What do you think?  What's in your CCNA lab?