I know I missed it and it seems as though others might have missed it as well. So I figured I would take a moment and share the news – INE will be having CCIE Service Provider 3.0 Workbooks, Classes, and best of all, RACKS!
Last Friday, September 2nd, Brian McGahan posted on the INE blog the information – you can read the post here – LINK. From what his post says, their topology will consists of 20 routers including two GSR 12000 running IOS XR 3.9.1 as well as a pair of Metro-E 3400 switches. The rest of the routers are a mix of 7200VXR and 2600XM routers.
I am assuming that the 2600 series routers will be the CE devices, the 7200 will be the PE and the 12000 will be in the core. This hardware lists closely resembles the hardware list Cisco has provided, minus the Cisco 7600 routers (but those and the 7200 on the actual lab are Simulators).
In case you are wondering what is all on the lab, here is the list from Cisco’s CCIE SP Page – Link (login required)
1. Implement, Optimize and Troubleshoot Core IP Technologies
1.1. Packet over SONET
1.1.1. Cisco HDLC encapsulation
1.1.2. PPP encapsulation
1.1.3. Frame Relay encapsulation
1.1.4. Maximum transmission unit (MTU)
1.1.5. Cyclic redundancy check (CRC)
1.1.6. Keepalive timer
1.1.7. Frame Relay DLCI on point to point sub-interface
1.1.8. SONET Controller
1.1.9. POS channel