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Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.1

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.1 is a five-day instructor-led course that focuses on data center design based on Cisco solutions. The course includes theoretical content, as well as designoriented case studies that are in the form of activities. The course is designed to help students prepare for Cisco CCNP® Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles.

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In this course, you will learn about designing data centers with Cisco components and technologies. The course covers network designs with virtualization, Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies, routing protocols, and data center interconnect design options. Also covered are device virtualization technologies such as virtual data centers and network function virtualization with virtual appliances including virtual switches, virtual routers, and virtual firewalls. Storage and SAN design is covered, with explanation of Fibre Channel networks and Cisco Unified Fabric. Design practices for the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers and Cisco UCS Manager are also covered. Network management technologies include UCS Manager, Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager, and Cisco UCS Director.


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What You'll Learn

  • Describe Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 forwarding in a data center, including cabling and rack design for the access, aggregation, and core layers.
  • Design vPC, Cisco FabricPath, OTV, and LISP in customer scenarios and describe management options in the LAN.
  • Describe hardware virtualization and FEX technologies, compare the Cisco Nexus 1000v with VMFEX designs, discuss data center security threats and Cisco Virtual Application Container Services for IaaS, and describe management and automation options for the data center infrastructure.
  • Describe storage and RAID options, describe the Fibre Channel concept and architecture, and design Fibre Channel and FCoE networks, along with management options.
  • Describe the UCS C-Series, M-Series, and B-Series servers, with connectivity and adapter options. For the UCS B-Series deployment, you will be able to describe the blade chassis, I/O modules, and fabric interconnects, with a focus on south- and northbound connectivity and oversubscription.
  • Compare the EHV and NPV network operations modes. Explain and distinguish among the different system integrated stack solutions and the management options for the UCS domains.
  • Design the resource parameters for a UCS domain, starting with the setup and IP concepts, RBAC, and integration with authentication servers. Design the resource pools and policies used in UCS service profiles and templates.


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Module 1: Data Center Network Connectivity Design

  • Objective: Design data center network connectivity
  • Lesson 1: Describing High Availability on Layer 2
  • Objective: Describe the Layer 2 switching and protocol options used in a data center and explain vPC and Fabric Path
  • Lesson 2: Describing Layer 3 Forwarding
  • Objective: Describe the Layer 3 forwarding options and protocols used in a data center
  • Lesson 3: Designing Data Center Topologies
  • Objective: Describe the different rack design options, traffic pattern, and the data center switching layers
  • access, aggregation, and core
  • Lesson 4: Designing Data Center Interconnects with Cisco OTV
  • Objective: Design an OTV solution
  • Lesson 5: Designing a LISP Solution
  • Objective: Describe use of LISP in a data center

Module 2: Data Center Infrastructure Design

  • Objective: Design data center infrastructure
  • Lesson 1: Describing Hardware and Device Virtualization
  • Objective: Describe the hardware redundancy options and virtualize the network, compute, and storage.
  • Discuss virtual networking in the date center
  • Lesson 2: Describing FEX Options
  • Objective: Describe the FEX solutions and compare adapter FEX with VM-FEX
  • Lesson 3: Describing Virtual Networking
  • Objective: Describe the Nexus 1000 solution to extend the hypervisor functionality
  • Lesson 4: Describing Basic Data Center Security
  • Objective: Describe security threats and solutions in the data center
  • Lesson 5: Describing Advanced Data Center Security
  • Objective: Describe security threats and solutions in the data center
  • Lesson 6: Describing Virtual Appliances
  • Objective: Describe the virtual appliances for a data center deployment
  • Lesson 7: Describing Management and Orchestration
  • Objective: Describe the management and automation options for the data center networking infrastructure

Module 3: Data Center Storage Network Design

  • Objective: Design data center storage network
  • Lesson 1: Describing Storage and RAID Options
  • Objective: Describe the storage options for the compute and the different RAID levels from a HA and
  • performance perspective
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Concepts
  • Objective: Describe the FC concepts and architecture
  • Lesson 3: Describing Fibre Channel Topologies
  • Objective: Describe the FC topology options
  • Lesson 4: Describing FCoE
  • Objective: Describe how Ethernet and FC networks converge
  • Lesson 5: Describing Storage Security
  • Objective: Describe the security options in the storage network
  • Lesson 6: Describing Management and Orchestration
  • Objective: Describe the management and automation options for the storage networking infrastructure

Module 4: Data Center Compute Connectivity Design

  • Objective: Design data center compute connectivity
  • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers and Use Cases
  • Objective: Explain the different C-Series server classes and match them to the most common enterprise
  • applications. Describe the different network and PCI cards optimizing your design and to control traffic
  • pattern. Describe the C-Series Server access and Cisco Integrated Management Controller and the
  • Supervisor IMC for centralized server management
  • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco UCS M-Series Servers and Use Cases
  • Objective: Explain the M-Series architecture using the System Link Technology sharing server components.
  • M-Series servers are used for cloud scale computing where one application spans multiple servers. From a
  • management perspective the servers are integrated with Fabric Interconnect
  • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco UCS B-Series Servers and Use Cases
  • Objective: Explain the B-Series servers and the available network cards. Describe UCS architecture and
  • required components for a blade solution with a focus on networking. Describe the Cisco UCS Mini
  • solution and the integration of C-Series servers with the Fabric Interconnects
  • Lesson 4: Describing Fabric Interconnect Connectivity
  • Objective: Explain the connectivity options in the Fabric Interconnects for south- and northbound
  • connections. Describe the port personalities and oversubscription models. Distinguish between the EHV and
  • switching mode as well between the NPV and FC switching mode. Describe split brain and partition in time
  • issue with the Fabric Interconnects for HA
  • Lesson 5: Describing Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems
  • Objective: Describe hyper convergence solution and the Integrates Systems based on different storage
  • vendors. Compare the different storage vendors and evaluate the advantages for each stacked solution.
  • Lesson 6: Describing Management Systems
  • Objective: Describe the different management options for UCS. Design the management solution in HA
  • mode and describe the integration with the UCS domain
  • Lesson 7: Describing Hadoop, SAP Hana, and IoT on Cisco UCS
  • Objective: Describe a UCS design based on different applications and scenarios

Module 5: Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design

  • Objective: Design data center compute resource parameters
  • Lesson 1: Describing System-Wide Parameters
  • Objective: Describe the system wide parameters to setup a UCS domain including monitoring, QoS, and
  • organizations to build up a management hierarchy in the UCS domain
  • Lesson 2: Describing RBAC
  • Objective: Describe RBAC and integration with directory servers to control access rights on UCS Manage
  • Lesson 3: Describing Pools for Service Profiles
  • Objective: The lesson describes the available pools which may be used in service profiles or service profile
  • templates on UCS Manager. The design and best practices for naming convention are described
  • Lesson 4: Describing Policies for Service Profiles
  • Objective: Describe the different policies you may set in the service profile to achieve and fulfill the
  • customer or application requirements
  • Lesson 5: Describing Network Specific Adapters and Policies
  • Objective: Describe the Ethernet and FC interface policies and additional network technologies
  • Lesson 6: Describing Templates in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Objective: Describe the usage of templates to work more efficiently in UCS Manager



Students considered for this training should have attended the following classes or obtained equivalent level of knowledge:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.1
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.1
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII) v6.1
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCI) v6.1
  • Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.1

The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course:

  • Implement data center networking (LAN and SAN)
  • Describe data center storage
  • Implement data center virtualization
  • Implement Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Implement data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco ACI and UCS Director
  • Describe products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and MDS families

Who Should Attend

  • Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers
  • Data center engineers and managers
  • Program and project managers
  • System engineers and managers

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This course can be purchased using Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs).

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Classroom and Virtual Classroom sessions of this course include access to the following benefits:

  • IT Skills Video On-Demand Library (over 40,000 titles)
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity digital learning course
  • Course Recordings
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  • Digital Courseware
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