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.
|This is the production rack as it has the most "live" equipment, an NxT-1 feed to the Internet, Autonomous System and a good amount of IP addresses.
Juniper Networks J2300 Router
Everything is connected into a Cisco Catalyst 6509.
The 6509 runs:
Dual Sup-2/MSFC2 Modules
Off to the side, from the bottom up:
Juniper Networks (Pacific Broadband) G10 CMTS for supplying connectivity to cable modems
Around back are four APC MasterSwitches to provide remote power.
|Juniper/NetScreen NS-208 Firewall #1
Juniper/NetScreen NS-208 Firewall #2
Juniper Networks M7i (2-port ATM OC-3 PIC, 4-port 10/100 Ethernet PIC, 4-port MMF SONET OC-3 PIC)
NetScreen SA-1000 SSL VPN Server
Juniper Networks M7i (4-port MMF SONET OC-3 PIC, 4-port T-1 PIC, 4-port 10/100 Ethernet PIC)
Cisco Catalyst 3750 - 48-port 10/100 Ethernet switch with 4 SX SFP Gigabit ports (For separate Juniper Lab usage)
Juniper Networks M5e (Gigabit Ethernet LX PIC, 4-port MMF SONET OC-3 PIC, 2-port ATM OC-3 PIC)
24-port KVM with a SwitchView IP controller (KVMoIP)
Juniper Networks Dell Olive testing platform #1
This rack is run by four APC Smart UPS 3000 battery systems.
|Xyplex 1640 Terminal Server #1
Xyplex 1640 Terminal Server #2
Juniper Networks/NetScreen 50 Firewall
Cisco MCS-7825 Call Manager for Voice Lab
Cisco MCS-7825 Call Manager for Voice Lab
Cisco MCS-7847 Unity Server for Voice Lab
Cisco MCS-7835 Application Server for Voice Lab
Cisco Catalyst 3550 with Inline Power for Voice lab
Cisco VG-200 Voice Gateway (WIC-1DSU-T1, NM-2V, VIC-2EM, VIC-2DID)
Cisco 3620 (NM-1E1R2W, WIC-2T, WIC-1B-U, NM-2V, VIC-2FXO, VIC-2FXS)
Cisco 3620 (NM-1E2W, WIC-1B-U, WIT-1T, NM-2V, VIC-2FXO, VIC-2FXS)
Cisco 3620 (NM-1E2W, WIC-1DSU-T1, WIC-1T, NM-HDV, VWIC-2MFT-T1-DI)
Cisco Catalyst 3550 with Inline Power
Cisco 2611 (NM-2V, VIC2BRI-ST-TE, WIC-1T, WIC-1DSU-T1) providing 4 live voice lines
Compaq DL/320 running Call Manager Publisher
Compaq DL/320 running Call Manager Subscriber
Cisco LS-1010 ATM Switch (capable of 20 OC-3 ATM ports + 2 OC-12 ATM ports)
Cisco 2610 (NM-16A) for Juniper Lab Terminal Server and Rentals
Juniper Networks M5e (ATM OC-12 MMF PIC, 4-port DS-3 PIC, 1-port Gigabit Ethernet SX PIC, 4-port MMF SONET PIC)
Juniper Networks J4300 (10 - 10/100 Ethernet ports, 4 - T-1 ports)
Juniper Networks M7i (4-port 10/100 Ethernet PIC, 4-port T-1 PIC, 4-port Channelized DS-3 PIC, Gigabit Ethernet SX PIC)
Cisco uBR-7223 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) with a uBR-MC14C (one downstream and four upstreams) and an OC-3 ATM blade
This rack is run by an APC SmartUPS 3000 battery system.
The CMTS units and cable modems are all connected via a mass of cables. There are two Wavecom Upconverters in the back of this rack in order to provide the channelization of cable.
|This is where most of the routers lie.
This rack is run by one APC SmartUPS 3000 battery system and four APC SmartUPS 1000 battery systems.
Otherwise not pictured -
There are also a few different webcams set up at strategic places with various sensors to assist in providing security and environmental monitoring.
The lab has its own air conditioning system.
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.
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