• If you’ve been around IT for even a few minutes, you’ve likely heard the acronyms “LAN” and “WAN” used by fellow technicians. But with all of the possible variations of networks—different sizes, different arrangements, and...

  • According to the 2017 Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report, 86 percent of the more than 14,000 respondents hold at least one certification. If nothing else, this should be a huge indicator that certifications...

  • Starting off 2017 the right way, Cisco fully updated and released the new training program for the CCNA and CCNP Data Center certification tracks. The global market share of Cisco Nexus and UCS products continue...

  • Configuring a wireless lab for study and testing capabilities is a bit more involved than you might think at first glance. Most of the requirements take place on the management devices, but the underlying switch...

  • The best way to learn is to engage in hands-on practice using real equipment in a non-production environment. Having crashed a few networks in my time, I can tell you that having the freedom to...

  • Previously, I talked about the logical and physical steps to building a basic certification lab, concentrating mostly on the CCENT/CCNA Routing and Switching level. Once you have that set of certifications under your belt, there...

  • Now for the fun part of the project: configuring it for actual operation. The “real” configuration tasks will be reserved for lab exercises, but some initial setup helps things run more smoothly. The tasks involved...

  • There are three generally accepted ways to access equipment for a lab. First, you can rent rack time from a wide number of vendors, which can save on your power bill and simplify practice. Second,...

  • Along my journey from CCNA to CCIE, I had to go through the task of periodically building lab environments to give me hands-on experience. This was especially critical in the CCIE Lab, which involved multiple...

  • As the economy tightens, more organizations demand IT certifications in addition to industry sector experience. In terms of hiring and promotions, managers view candidate accreditations as a significant factor in their decisions. The information technology...