So you might think that I won't have something new to say and I'm sure that you've done the same thoughts or read several similar posts on blogs about this. But for someone who is at the state of searching and considering what to do this might be some help.
Rent rack Pros:
- Everything is set up. No time spent for finding, configuring and installing hardware/topology
- You can use workbook labs directly by selecting whatever you want to load from a web page
- You can test your preparation level in a real CCIE Voice lab environment
- No network troubleshooting needed. They provide support*
- Limited time to finish what you want, no time left to test things with your tasks
- Not quite flexible studying pattern can be followed
- Scheduling at specific times around the clock. Strict personal life schedule
- Support is delayed (most of the times especially if you don't live in the US)
- Unlimited time to test whatever you want for every scenario
- You can stop and continue whenever you want
- Setting up the lab will give nice knowledge of the environment into the actual lab
- You can take snapshots of your servers and routers and load whatever configuration you want
- Need time and effort to find your own hardware. It's quite expensive to buy
- You'll need a considerably long period to set up and configure everything as you want
- You cannot load whatever scenario of any workbook you want automatically
- Not good to test your preparation level under timed frame
That's all for now, in my next post I'll talk about the hardware I got and the configurations I've made.
* At INE they have an emergency ticketing system. They'll respond fast but it isn't 24x7. IP Experts don't respond fast enough. It might take several days for some issues to respond.