The $2.3 million home lab of Scott Morris

CrunchyhippoCrunchyhippo Posts: 389Member
Ok, maybe this has been posted before - in case, sorry about that. If not, it's a piece worth a read.

I can't say that I'm particularly envious of the lab. I just say to myself, "Why would I possibly need all this?" Last I read, he's a quadruple CCIE. (I was going to crack a dry joke here, but then I decided not to, since his accomplishments shouldn't be sullied with jokes, IMHO).

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  • Mrock4Mrock4 Posts: 2,360Banned
    I checked his stuff out a while ago on his site: http://smorris.uber-geek.net/

    Pretty crazy. I would be lying if I said I wouldn't want all that equipment, but on the same note, I surely don't NEED it. I'd rather put $2.3 million in an IRA to retire comfortably!
  • sprkymrksprkymrk Posts: 4,884Member
    Scott has posted here in the past (member name Uber-Geek) and he still reads the forums here on occasion, so be careful what you say about him. icon_wink.gif

    I think he might already have 2.3 million in an IRA Mrock. icon_cool.gif
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  • MrDMrD Posts: 441Member
    Oh heck yeah! I'd love to have that kind of gear to lab on, and use in consulting testing etc...

    He even has his own AS! That's kickin' man...


    One day.. :)
  • KGhaleonKGhaleon Posts: 1,347Member
    bah, I'd build one too if I had the money. ;)
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  • mgeorgemgeorge Posts: 777Member
    The majority of this lab was disamantled and moved somewhere, I'm thinking Chicago if I
    remember correctly, not 100% sure though. (or so i was told)

    The black APC 3000 ups in rack 1 and the white APC 3000 ups in rack 3 were given to a buddy
    which in turn gave them to me lol!!! I have 3 APC UPS 3000's in my back room that require
    30AMP 120v >.< The face plate got busted on the black one from slamming against the back of
    the truck bed icon_eek.gif but they've been sitting in the backroom for over 3 months icon_rolleyes.gif

    On the bright side, his cable management skills are as just as bad as mine icon_lol.gif
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  • AlanJamesAlanJames Posts: 230Member
    He must have a high electricity bill.

    Maybe he should invest in a decent cabling soloution
  • Mrock4Mrock4 Posts: 2,360Banned
    As far as the cabling goes..it's a lab, not a production environment. I kind of expect the cabling to be hell, as it's probably changed around a lot.

    As far as the IRA..I'm sure he probably has a nice IRA..but I was talking about ME! :)
  • PashPash Posts: 1,601Member ■■■■■□□□□□
    Mrock4 wrote:
    As far as the cabling goes..it's a lab, not a production environment. I kind of expect the cabling to be hell, as it's probably changed around a lot.

    As far as the IRA..I'm sure he probably has a nice IRA..but I was talking about ME! :)

    If you read his site it does say he is hosting some stuff for clients on there, so it is production on some parts....in other words his cabling is terrible, although i cant comment...you cant see network equipment in some of the racks i work on :p
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  • snadamsnadam Posts: 2,234Member ■■■■□□□□□□
    very impressive! kinda makes my lab look weak and puny icon_lol.gif
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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    I'd seen pictures of his lab before, but I had no idea it was worth that much money. (Well, the equipment was probably worth that when it was new, but still.)

    Reminds me of a joke, but I'm going to slightly alter it:
    "Get us a crimper, some cabling, and a UPS."
    "Get us the machine that goes PING."
    "And get the most expensive machine on the network, in case the administrator comes."

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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    And you have to love the comments below the article, all complaining about his equipment. Especially the one calling him pathetic, the one by "anonymous". Isn't it nice to see that professionalism and common courtesy are alive and well in IT, making sure our industry doesn't get that stigma of being "snotty young punk's work" when compared to something like law, medicine, architecture, etc? icon_confused.gif

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  • CCIE-4-HIRECCIE-4-HIRE Posts: 61Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    The truth is that Scott Morris is very humble for one of any stature. I've met him and I thought he was quite the gentleman and very pleasant. I'm sorry those who cannot appreciate his dedication and commitment are allowed to post so anonymously.
  • AhriakinAhriakin SupremeNetworkOverlord Posts: 1,800Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Wow. Those comments are unbelievable, it has to be a bunch of kiddies trolling or I guess idiots just looking for a diversion from their own failures.
    We responded to the Year 2000 issue with "Y2K" solutions...isn't this the kind of thinking that got us into trouble in the first place?
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  • SieSie Posts: 1,195Member
    Im not a Cisco / Networking guy really but even I have to say thats impressive.

    What wasnt was the comments and notes left on the pages.

    Its disgusting if you ask me, After what he has achieved he gets name called etc by people who would know what half the things are rather than how to set them up.

    Personally I think he deserves a icon_thumright.gif
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  • dtlokeedtlokee Posts: 2,381Member
    Well I guess we know where Scott stands on the buying your own lab vs. renting a lab argument icon_wink.gif
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  • ITdudeITdude Posts: 1,183Member
    Mrock4 wrote:
    I checked his stuff out a while ago on his site: http://smorris.uber-geek.net/

    Pretty crazy. I would be lying if I said I wouldn't want all that equipment, but on the same note, I surely don't NEED it. I'd rather put $2.3 million in an IRA to retire comfortably!

    Sure wouldn't want his power bill! :D icon_wink.gif
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  • mikej412mikej412 Posts: 10,090Member
    AlanJames wrote:
    Maybe he should invest in a decent cabling soloution
    I had toyed with the idea of posting photos of my lab, but I guess I'll wait until my cabling guy comes up with a better cabling solution. icon_confused.gif
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  • SlowhandSlowhand MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, MCSA: Windows Server 2003/2012/2016, CCNA Routing & Switchi Bay Area, CaliforniaPosts: 5,163Mod Mod
    mikej412 wrote:
    I had toyed with the idea of posting photos of my lab, but I guess I'll wait until my cabling guy comes up with a better cabling solution. icon_confused.gif

    Funny, my cabling-guy looks very similar.

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  • BigToneBigTone Posts: 283Member
    yeah... um... wow


    I just won a 2500 router off of ebay.... I guess thats a start...
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Posts: 2,621Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Do you guys even think he cares what some anonymous replies say about him? the article is about his TWO POINT THREE MILLION DOLLAR LAB. I seriously doubt anyone on that site or any site has the cash to spend on a lab half as equipped as his.

    I'd love to know how far that lab has come towards paying for itself given that he hosts customers/rack rentals on it. I'm sure I'll be logging into his rack when I pick up the juniper certs again.
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  • darkuserdarkuser Posts: 621Member
    so how much is the home surrounding it worth ? icon_cool.gif
    rm -rf /
  • dynamikdynamik Posts: 12,314Banned ■■■■■■■■□□
    Paul Boz wrote:
    Do you guys even think he cares what some anonymous replies say about him? the article is about his TWO POINT THREE MILLION DOLLAR LAB. I seriously doubt anyone on that site or any site has the cash to spend on a lab half as equipped as his.

    I don't know. He probably doesn't cry himself to sleep over it, but I'd imagine it would be irritating to have a bunch of nubs belittling your accomplishments. He does take the time to respond to some of it.

    He seems like a down to earth guy, and he's not rubbing it in anyone's face. I'm not sure why he's soliciting so many of those responses. It's a shame that it's happening.
  • Paul BozPaul Boz Posts: 2,621Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Jealousy. I don't know why he even bothers responding. The higher you go the more people try to knock you down. That comes with success.
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  • darkuserdarkuser Posts: 621Member
    personally i have nothing but respect for what he's been able to achieve

    and his basement .....
    rm -rf /
  • wedge1988wedge1988 Posts: 434Member
    I wonder how much his electricity bill is? - I suppose it helps that the equipment is in his basement, it would be hard to steal!



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