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Cisco MDS9000 Series Switch Overview

  • Course Code DCMDSO
  • Duration 1 day
  • Version 1.5

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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

  • Elearning (Self-paced)

    Self paced electronic learning

  • Public Classroom

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  • Virtual Learning

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Course Overview


The Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Overview course provides a technical overview of how Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches can be used to build highly available and scalable storage networks with advanced security and unified management. You will learn about the key capabilities of the MDS 9000 Series, including platforms, architecture, software, management and key features that contribute to performance, high availability, flexibility, operational simplicity and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO) of storage environments.

Course Schedule


Target Audience


Technical decision makers and IT professionals who architect, implement and manage data center SAN environments.

Course Objectives


After completing this course you should be able to:

  • Describe Cisco MDS SAN features and advantages
  • Define fixed and modular platforms
  • Understand Cisco MDS architecture and high-availability mechanisms
  • Identify technologies used in modern SANs
  • Describe SAN management with Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM)
  • Explain key value-add features that distinguish Cisco MDS switches

Course Content


Cisco MDS Platform Overview

  • Introduction and Advantages of Cisco MDS
  • Fixed Platforms
  • Modular Platforms

Describing Cisco MDS Architecture

  • Store-and-Forward Architecture
  • High Availability
  • Redundancy

Describing Cisco MDS Key Features

  • Virtual Storage Area Networks
  • Zoning
  • Smart Zoning
  • Cisco Autozone
  • Port Channels
  • NPV and NPIV
  • Fibre Channel Over IP
  • NVMe Over Fibre Channel
  • Slow-Drain Device and Path Analysis Using Congestion Control Mechanisms
  • Cisco DCNM SAN Insights for SAN Analytics
  • Cisco MDS Automation and Programmability
  • Other Differentiator

Describing Cisco MDS Management

  • Describe and introduce Cisco DCNM



Course Prerequisites


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Experience managing data center deployments
  • Understanding of the fundamentals of SAN technologies
  • Understanding of business and application requirements

Test Certification


Recommended as preparation for the following exams:

  • There are currently no exams aligned to this course
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