I don't think they've figured it out yet. I get the impression that it was a bit of a surprise. From looking at the blueprint and the Cisco Live! presentation from San Fran, I think it would be relatively easy to pull the ACE from the lab, but we'll see. There is a pretty big install base of ACE out there, and at lest for the first revision of the lab, might be useful to keep it in.
There is no announcement from Cisco that ACE or GSS are going to EOL or EOS. Therefore it will stay on the current blueprint for both written & lab.
More info reg ACE:
Thanks for the clarification. While the ACE isn't EOL/EOS yet, it seems pretty certain that it's a dead end product now, given that Cisco had released a statement to CRN indicating that Cisco is stopping development of the ACE: http://www.crn.com/news/networking/240007425/cisco-ceasing-development-of-load-balancer-products.htm
So perhaps not an official EOL/EOS, most of us are taking it to mean that it's at least an unofficial one.
Still, at least for version 1.0 of the lab/written, I think it's fair to keep ACE in, given there is a significant install base. I'm happy about it myself, for purely selfish reasons. I've been teaching ACE for 4 years, so that's however many points I'll likely have in the bag
I have spoke with several people internal to Cisco and outside, the ACE is essentially done. The development teams have been spun down to the point of 'few security/bug fixes' but that is it.
Cisco should definitely pull this from the lab before it goes live. I am sure the 8 points the ACE was on the lab can be replaced with something from UCS, N5k, N2k, N7k, N1k. When you really look at the blueprint of the 100 some of things that are listed the ACE is only 6 or 7. It ridiculous to keep it in the lab.
Thank you all for sharing your thoughts.
Well, as you all know CCIE and Cisco certifcations in general are job role based and not product based. It's about the technology and not product. I think we all agree that Server Load Balancing is an essential component of any Data Center. The list can be long here, SLB is important for application availability, scalability, business contintuity, high performance, server offload, etc...
As I mentioned earlier, it will stay on the v1.0 blueprint for now