First off, let me introduce myself, my name is Ray
Wilson and when the folks at RouterGod asked me to participate in
this investigation, I was only too happy to help, after all the
stories and urban legends I'd heard about the Lab, I wanted to once
and for all set the record straight about the Lab. I knew this
would violate the Non Disclosure Agreement but I decided it would be
When I passed the written test for the Routing and
Switch lab, I was filled with joy and happiness. I'll never
forget the feeling, it was like a great weight had been lifted off
my shoulders. But as my Lab approached, those feelings were
replaced with dread and foreboding doom. I practiced on my own
equipment and telnetted into some online labs but the more work I
did, the further behind I felt. After I spent 400 hours doing
complex labs, I was a total wreak. My Lab date was only a week
away. I spent those last days tying up loose ends, saying
goodbye to my friends and family. I packed my bags and started
driving to San Jose.
Once I arrived, a met the other CCIE
candidates. There was a nervous silence as we waited for the
Lab proctors. It was very eerie, I noticed that the floor was
earthen and the receptionist would occasionally look over at us and
shake her head as if to say you are *so* dead...
After an uncomfortable 20 minutes, the Lab supervisor arrived to
escort us into the lab.
We followed the Lab supervisor through a serpentine
maze of tunnels, passageways and rickety staircases. He was
dragging one leg and as we followed we would mimic his leg dragging
in an effort to bring some levity to this grim occasion. It
seemed we were lost, but soon our leader opened a large oak door and
we entered the Lab itself.
I was awestruck at it's simplicity, I had expected a
large room filled with routers and switches but we were in a dungeon
of sorts. The room was filled with many devices seeming
medieval in nature, there were stocks, racks and even a bed of
nails. Every CCIE candidate must endure his own torture, my torture
was that I was to be forced to watch the announcement of Cisco's
acquisition of Procket Networks.
Oh my God, Not
I should have spent less time studying AS Path
filtering and more time studying Cisco takeovers, it was truly
brutal, Cisco just swooped in, paid $89 Million for the
company and lined up Procket's entire inventory of Pro/8800 routers
and with a few well placed explosives, blew away the competition...
Procket Pro 8800
It was terrible watching the devastation, 130 brave
men and women absorbed into Cisco's engineering department,
but after watching 8 hours of various Cisco acquisitions, I became
callous and uncaring. I became convinced of my superiority and
believed in the manifest destiny of Cisco. I became a CCIE.
I learned a lot that day in the Lab, I learned that
Routing and Switching is not always pretty. I learned that for
some to realize their dreams, others must have their dreams
forcefully ripped away from them. Cisco certification is the
best, Cisco products are the best, Cisco will always dominate,
however not for these reasons I've just mentioned. Cisco will
always be on the top of the food chain because they're the dominate
predator, the ultimate carnivore.
Passed the lab
on first try!