Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID v7.0) Training

Level: Intermediate

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.0 course helps you master design and deployment options focused on Cisco® data center solutions and technologies across network, compute, virtualization, storage area networks, automation, and security. You will learn design practices for the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers, Cisco UCS Manager, and Cisco Unified Fabric. You will also gain design experience with network management technologies including Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), and Cisco UCS Director. You can expect theoretical content as well as design-oriented case studies in the form of activities.

This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-610 DCID), which leads to the new CCNP® Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Design certifications. 

Key Features of this DCID Training:

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  • Authorized Cisco CCSI instructor
  • Eligible for Cisco Learning Credit (CLC) redemption
  • Attend in-class, online or bring the course to your facility
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You Will Learn How To:

  • Describe the Layer 2 forwarding options and protocols used in a data center
  • Describe the Layer 3 forwarding options and protocols used in a data center
  • Describe the rack design options, traffic patterns, and data center switching layer access, aggregation, and core
  • Describe the Cisco OTV technology that is used to interconnect data centers
  • Design a solution that uses LISP for traffic forwarding
  • Describe the hardware redundancy options and virtualize the network, compute, and storage. Discuss virtual networking in the data center.
  • Describe solutions using fabric extenders and compare Adapter FEX with VM-FEX
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 1000V solution to extend the hypervisor functionality
  • Describe security threats and solutions in the data center
  • Describe advanced data center security technologies and best practices
  • Describe virtual appliances that are deployed in a data center network
  • Describe device management and orchestration in the data center
  • Design a data center storage network
  • Describe the storage options for the compute and the different RAID levels from a HA and performance perspective
  • Describe Fibre Channel concepts and architecture
  • Describe Fibre Channel topologies and industry terms
  • Describe how Ethernet and Fibre Channel networks converge
  • Describe security options in the storage network
  • Describe management and automation options for the storage networking infrastructure
  • Describe Cisco UCS servers and use cases for various Cisco UCS platforms (B-Series and C-Series)
  • Explain the connectivity options in the Fabric Interconnects for south- and northbound connections. Describe port personalities and oversubscription models. Distinguish between the EHV and switching mode, and between the NPV and Fibre Channel switching mode. Describe split brain and partition in time issue with the Fabric Interconnects for HA.
  • Describe the hyper convergence solution and how it integrates systems based on different storage vendors. Compare storage vendors and evaluate the advantages for each stacked solution.
  • Describe the different management options for Cisco UCS. Design the management solution in HA mode and describe integration with the Cisco UCS domain.
  • Describe a Cisco UCS design using different applications and scenarios
  • Describe the system-wide parameters to setup a Cisco UCS domain including monitoring, QoS, and organizations to build up a management hierarchy in the Cisco UCS domain
  • Describe RBAC and integration with directory servers to control access rights on Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe the pools that may be used in service profiles or service profile templates on Cisco UCS Manager. Describe the design and best practices for naming conventions.
  • Describe the different policies you may set in the service profile to achieve and fulfill customer or application requirements
  • Describe the Ethernet and Fibre Channel interface policies and additional network technologies
  • Describe how to use templates to work more efficiently in Cisco UCS Manager

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DCID Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    Before taking this course, you should understand the following:

    • Implement data center networking [local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN)]
    • Describe data center storage
    • Implement data center virtualization
    • Implement Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS)
    • Implement data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco UCS Director
    • Describe products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) families

    It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

    • Describe data center networking concepts
    • Describe data center storage concepts
    • Describe data center virtualization
    • Describe Cisco UCS
    • Describe data center automation and orchestration with a focus on Cisco ACI and Cisco UCS Director
    • Identify products in the Cisco data center Nexus and Cisco MDS families
    • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs, including switching and routing
  • Who Should Attend this Course

    • Network Designer
    • Network Administrator
    • Network Engineer
    • Systems Engineer
    • Consulting Systems Engineer
    • Technical Solutions Architect
    • Cisco Integrators/Partners
  • Certifications

    This course is part of the following Certifications:

DCID Course Outline

  • Describing High Availability on Layer 2

    • Overview of Layer 2 High-Availability Mechanisms
    • Virtual Port Channels
    • Cisco FabricPath
    • Virtual Port Channel+
  • Designing Layer 3 Connectivity

    • First Hop Redundancy Protocols
    • Improve Routing Protocol Performance and Security
    • Enhance Layer 3 Scalability and Robustness
  • Designing Data Center Topologies

    • Data Center Traffic Flows
    • Cabling Challenges
    • Access Layer
    • Aggregation Layer
    • Core Layer
    • Spine-and-Leaf Topology
    • Redundancy Options
  • Designing Data Center Interconnects with Cisco OTV

    • Cisco OTV Overview
    • Cisco OTV Control and Data Planes
    • Failure Isolation
    • Cisco OTV Features
    • Optimize Cisco OTV
    • Evaluate Cisco OTV
  • Describing Locator/IDSeparation Protocol

    • Locator/ID Separation Protocol
    • Location Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) Virtual Machine (VM) Mobility
    • LISP Extended Subnet Mode (ESM) Multihop Mobility
    • LISP VPN Virtualization
  • Describing VXLAN Overlay Networks

    • Describe VXLAN Benefits over VLAN
    • Layer 2 and Layer 3 VXLAN Overlay
    • VXLAN Data Plane
  • Describing Hardware and Device Virtualization

    • Hardware-Based High Availability
    • Device Virtualization
    • Cisco UCS Hardware Virtualization
    • Server Virtualization
    • SAN Virtualization
    • N-Port ID Virtualization
  • Describing Cisco FEX Options

    • Cisco Adapter FEX
    • Access Layer with Cisco FEX
    • Cisco FEX Topologies
    • Virtualization-Aware Networking
    • Single Root I/O Virtualization
    • Cisco FEX Evaluation
  • Describing Basic Data Center Security

    • Threat Mitigation
    • Attack and Countermeasure Examples
    • Secure the Management Plane
    • Protect the Control Plane
    • RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Describing Advanced Data Center Security

    • Cisco TrustSec in Cisco Secure Enclaves Architecture
    • Cisco TrustSec Operation
    • Firewalling
    • Positioning the Firewall Within Data Center Networks
    • Cisco Firepower® Portfolio
    • Firewall Virtualization
    • Design for Threat Mitigation
  • Describing Management and Orchestration

    • Network and License Management
    • Cisco UCS Manager
    • Cisco UCS Director
    • Cisco Intersight
    • Cisco DCNM Overview
  • Describing Storage and RAID Options

    • Position DAS in Storage Technologies
    • Network-Attached Storage
    • Fibre Channel, FCoE, and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
    • Evaluate Storage Technologies
  • Describing Fibre Channel Concepts

    • Fibre Channel Connections, Layers, and Addresses
    • Fibre Channel Communication
    • Virtualization in Fibre Channel SAN
  • Describing Fibre Channel Topologies

    • SAN Parameterization
    • SAN Design Options
    • Choosing a Fibre Channel Design Solution
  • Describing FCoE

    • FCoE Protocol Characteristics
    • FCoE Communication
    • Data Center Bridging
    • FCoE Initialization Protocol
    • FCoE Design Options
  • Describing Storage Security

    • Common SAN Security Features
    • Zones
    • SAN Security Enhancements
    • Cryptography in SAN
  • Describing SAN Management and Orchestration

    • Cisco DCNM for SAN
    • Cisco DCNM Analytics and Streaming Telemetry
    • Cisco UCS Director in the SAN
    • Cisco UCS Director Workflows
  • Describing Cisco UCS Servers and Use Cases

    • Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
    • Fabric Interconnects and Blade Chassis
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Server Adapter Cards
    • Stateless Computing
    • Cisco UCS Mini
  • Describing Fabric Interconnect Connectivity

    • Use of Fabric Interconnect Interfaces
    • VLANs and VSANs in a Cisco UCS Domain
    • Southbound Connections
    • Northbound Connections
    • Disjoint Layer 2 Networks
    • Fabric Interconnect High Availability and Redundancy
  • Describing Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems

    • Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems Overview
    • Cisco HyperFlex™ Solution
    • Cisco HyperFlex Scalability and Robustness
    • Cisco HyperFlex Clusters
    • Cluster Capacity and Multiple Clusters on One Cisco UCS Domain
    • External Storage and Graphical Processing Units on Cisco HyperFlex
    • Cisco HyperFlex Positioning
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager Systemwide Parameters

    • Cisco UCS Setup and Management
    • Cisco UCS Traffic Management
  • Describing Cisco UCS RBAC

    • Roles and Privileges
    • Organizations in Cisco UCS Manager
    • Locales and Effective Rights
    • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
    • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Describing Pools for Service Profiles

    • Global and Local Pools
    • Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) Suffix and Media Access Control (MAC) Address Pools
    • World Wide Name (WWN) Pools
    • Server and iSCSI Initiator IP Pools
  • Describing Policies for Service Profiles

    • Global vs. Local Policies
    • Storage and Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) Policies
    • Boot and Scrub Policies
    • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and Maintenance Policies
  • Describing Network-Specific Adapters and Policies

    • LAN Connectivity Controls
    • SAN Connectivity Controls
    • Virtual Access Layer
    • Connectivity Enhancements
  • Describing Templates in Cisco UCS Manager

    • Cisco UCS Templates
    • Service Profile Templates
    • Network Templates
    • Designing Data Center Automation
  • Model-Driven Programmability

    • Cisco NX-API Overview
    • Programmability Using Python
    • Cisco Ansible Module
    • Use the Puppet Agent
  • Lab Outline

    • Design Virtual Port Channels
    • Design First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP)
    • Design Routing Protocols
    • Design Data Center Topology for a Customer
    • Design Data Center Interconnect Using Cisco OTV
    • Design Your VXLAN Network
    • Create a Cisco FEX Design
    • Design Management and Orchestration in a Cisco UCS Solution
    • Design a Fibre Channel Network
    • Design and Integrate an FCoE Solution
    • Design a Secure SAN
    • Design Cisco UCS Director for Storage Networking
    • Design a Cisco UCS Domain and Fabric Interconnect Cabling
    • Design a Cisco UCS C-Series Server Implementation
    • Design Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Network and Storage Connectivity
    • Design Systemwide Parameters in a Cisco UCS Solution
    • Design an LDAP Integration with a Cisco UCS Domain
    • Design Pools for Service Profiles in a Cisco UCS Solution
    • Design Network-Specific Adapters and Policies in a Cisco UCS Solution

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DCID Training FAQs

  • How do I prepare for CCNP Data Center certification?

    The best way to prepare for this certification is to take the Cisco-approved training, as well as using the self-study materials provided.

  • How do I redeem my Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs) for this CCNP Data Center course?

    During your checkout of the course, make sure to select Credits & Vouchers within the payment method. Highlight and click CLC and enter the sales order number that you were issued by Cisco.

  • How do I take Cisco exam DCID 300-610 to obtain CCNP Data Center certification?

    You will need to register for the exam. Exams are offered as proctored exams at a test center, or self-administered online.

  • How do I achieve the CCNP Data Center certification?

    To earn CCNP Data Center, you need to pass a core exam and a data center concentration exam of your choice. The 350-601 DCCOR is the core exam. Passing this 300-610 DCID exam completes your selected concentration exam. Comprehensive Cisco Certification information can be found here.

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