The $2.3 million home lab of Quadruple CCIE, Scott Morris, started out as a single standard 7-foot 19" rack. Bloomed to two standard racks... Then it grew into three Ortronics Mighty-Mo 19" rack systems. Finally it blossomed into four separate rack cabinets.
--------------------------- There is more to the story than just a home lab: "While starting out as something for studying for certification, the lab seemed to take on a life of its own." "Having various certifications spanning multiple vendors, the mass of equipment not only serves to assist in studying, but also in course development and serves for Proof of Concept testing for various consulting projects," said Scott Morris, (Scott is an instructor for Internetwork Expert, Inc. in the CCIE training space as well as a Juniper certified instructor). "When collecting equipment, there are many other considerations to take into account other than just the purchase cost of stuff." "Extra things like the impact on family, the electric bill, the amount of heat generated and simply the amount of space all the equipment occupies, are very important." "Once we had a discussion on GroupStudy about the most expensive thing anyone had to purchase because they had their lab, and many people talked about racks, or cabling or the electric bill." "I mentioned that I needed to get a completely new air conditioner and place the equipment in a room by itself in order to combat the sheer amount of heat generated." "It's all part of the entertainment in being an Uber-Geek!" Contact Scott directly: Scott Morris, CCIE4 (R&S/ISP-Dial/Security/Service Provider) #4713, JNCIE #153, CISSP, et al. CCSI/JNCI-M/JNCI-J CCIE Training Instructor - Internetwork Expert, Inc. Email: email@example.com Telephone: 775-826-4344 Fax: 877-224-8987 http://www.internetworkexpert.com TCPmag.com online Q & A with Scott Morris http://www.BradReese.Com