Going for a Cisco certification is a tough thing to do. It requires a lot of study time and practice labs in order to get you ready to pass the lab in first attempt. At CloudMyLab, one of our aims is to give Cisco aspirants ready-to-use racks with the lab topologies you will require for your studies. We can even customize the racks according to your lab needs.
When it comes to lab practices, it is best to utilize CloudMyLab rack rentals for the following reasons:
Budget-Wise Lab Practice!
A rack rental company can setup labs using both physical and virtual machines for the purpose of renting it out to a number of students. If you build your lab for your sole use, you will find yourself spending more to get the hardware and software licenses compared to the expenses of just renting out a dedicated rack at CloudMyLab. We have all the hardware and software according to Cisco’s lab blueprints.
Imagine to run a CCIERS effectively, you need minimum 8 cores of CPU and 16GB RAM plus some kind of virtualization software like VMware workstation/Fusion etc.
Now ask yourself these questions?
- Is it worth investing $1000 – $1800 on a computer and reduce its life by heavily engaging the CPU and memory. Consumer grade computers are not designed to handle the high IOPS required for running the virtual labs. We are not saying it won’t work but is it worth it?
- Is it worth investing mammoth amount of hours troubleshooting and installing and getting it to work right, I would rather study in those hours. Wouldn’t it be so much convenient that someone actually takes care of all of it for you while you spend time with family or studying. Moreover, you can just open a ticket to get your questions answered about the virtual lab topological instead of going through thousand different community forums just to make your lab work on your laptop?
MATH behind Virtual Labs
|MacBook with Intel i7 processor & 16GB memory (average)||1700|
|VMware Fusion. 8.5||60|
|Win Laptop Dell/HP/Lenovo/ASUS with Intel i7 processor & 16GB memory (average)||1300|
VMware Workstation 12.5 Pro
|Average Lifespan of a laptop||36 Months|
|Average Lifespan of a laptop with Extreme resource Utilization||18 Months|
|Cost of using the Virtual labs on MacBook for 1200 Hours||1760|
|Cost of using the Virtual labs on windows for 1200 Hours||1460|
|Cost of using CCIE RS virtual labs on Cloudmylab for 1200 Hours||1200|
v Numbers are based on market research and independent study.
v Check the hardware vendors website for exact prices
Support for Higher System Requirements
If you practice labs on laptops using VIRL or GNS3, you can surely practice basic labs. However, these simulators have limitations. VIRL has only 30 nodes for your use with a license cost of $300/Year , while with GNS3, you need to purchase software and licenses. As you go deeper into your lab, some technologies will require higher system resources which laptops and the above simulators do not support. At CloudMyLab, you will not have to worry about getting a new set of hardware to setup the lab topology you need. For as low as $1 an hour for CCIERS, you can have all the resources you need in one pod.
Less Setup Time, More Study Time
Setting up a lab on laptops may take you some time to make it work. You will notice that you are spending time troubleshooting on the topology you need, instead of practicing on the configurations right away. If you try CloudMyLab, you will experience the ease of getting down to business. You can have the flexibility of reserving a dedicated lab/pod. During your session at your convenient time, just load our initial configs to establish Layer 2 connections and you are all set to start your lab.
Study Anywhere, Anytime!
All racks at CloudMyLab (whether physical or virtual) can be accessed anywhere you are in the world. If you have to travel, you are relieved of having to carry your self-made lab with you. Our labs/pods are accessed via Remote Desktop Protocol and all terminals and pods are already pre-arranged using SecureCRT.
If you try to evaluate, you will find that using a rack rental has a lot of advantages compared to doing your labs on laptops. With CloudMyLab, we can get you prepared sooner and better!
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