Welcome Miss Hilton, thank you for agreeing to explain the
new CCIE/Storage program to us. First off, what is storage
networking all about?
Storage networking is a patchwork quilt of protocols and
technologies that do many things, including speeding up disaster
recovery and improving perfomance.
Wow, you're smarter than you look! A *lot* smarter!
No kidding! Anyway, give us an example of these protocols you
Well, iSCSI, FCIP and FICON for example.
FICON? What on earth is that?
FICON stand for Fiber Connection, it's a method of
transferring full duplex data over fiber with distances up 20
kilometers. Storage Networks use it to move data between
What's on the written test?
You can expect the usual Router management stuff, then some
Fibre Channel, there will also be some TCPIP followed by more Fibre
Channel. Questions about storage networks and more Fibre Channel,
there's questions regarding management and oh, yeah more Fibre
What's the lab like?
Ok, here's the
Blueprint You can see there's plenty of
switching and QoS as well as security.
Who would be a candidate for CCIE Storage?
The CCIE Storage has such a narrow appeal it's really aimed
at egomaniacs, you know, guys who are already quad CCIEs and are
looking to go for five.
Well, let's not be too sure, storage networking may turn out
to be the next big thing, you never know, Cisco may know more about
this industry than you do. Actually, by getting your CCIE in
storage you might be getting in on the ground floor of something
Perhaps, but where would you get training?
Cisco just announced this new specialty 5 days ago, it
usually takes 10 days before the "Boot Camps" crop up!