Re: CCIE Lab Price Increase posted 10/20/2007
It's called IOU. Or third party it's called Dynamips.
However, you can't emulate all the ASICs and other things in a switch.
what benefit would the virtualization have for Cisco? Increasing the number
That's very shortsighted to believe that's where the shortfall is.
Cisco kinda owns their equipment already, so "purchasing" it internally is not that big of a deal. Space isn't that big of a deal.
They have LOTS of buildings.
It's people. Proctors. That's the shortfall. That's the most important part, and the hardest to fill.
Cisco is working on things right now (see discussion re: New Lab Locations)
to find other ways to remotely adminster exams. None of them have anything
to do with virtualization though. That would be silly to introduce more
points of confusion or errors into the standardized setup.
The number of available seats on any given day is not contrained by physical
space or equipment. It's contrained by a candidate to proctor ratio.