Understanding Cisco Data Centre Foundations (DCFNDU v1.0) Training

Level: Intermediate

DCFNDU Course Outline - The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge and skills you need to configure Cisco® data center technologies including: networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), automation, and cloud computing. You will get hands-on experience with configuring features on Cisco Nexus® Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) and Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®).

Key Features of this DCFNDU Training:

  • Cisco Authorized course content
  • 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 foundations of data center networking
  • Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain the basic Cisco NX-OS functionalities and tools
  • Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
  • Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channel (VPCs)
  • Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and network virtualization
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe Fibre Channel communication between the initiator server and the target storage
  • Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Describe N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE
  • Describe data center server connectivity
  • Describe Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe the purpose and advantages of APIs
  • Describe Cisco ACI
  • Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing

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Note: This course runs for 5 Days *

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  • Nov 2 - 6 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM CST Online (WebEx) Online (WebEx) Reserve Your Seat

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Important DCFNDU Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

    • Good understanding of networking protocols
    • Good understanding of the VMware environment
    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems

    These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:

  • Who Should Attend this Course

    • Data center administrators
    • Data center engineers
    • Systems engineers
    • Server administrators
    • Network managers
    • Cisco integrators and partners

DCFNDU Course Outline

  • Describing the Data Center Network Architectures

    • Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview
    • Three-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
    • Spine-and-Leaf Network
    • Two-Tier Storage Network
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software

    • Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview
    • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
    • Cisco NX-OS Software CLI Tools
    • Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding
  • Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy

    • Default Gateway Redundancy
    • Hot Standby Router Protocol
    • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
    • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
  • Describing Cisco FEX

    • Server Deployment Models
    • Cisco FEX Technology
    • Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding
    • Cisco Adapter FEX
  • Describing Port Channels and VPCs

    • Ethernet Port Channels
    • Virtual Port Channels
    • Supported VPC Topologies
  • Describing Switch Virtualization

    • Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components
    • Virtual Routing and Forwarding
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs)
    • VDC Types
    • VDC Resource Allocation
    • VDC Management
  • Describing Machine Virtualization

    • Virtual Machines
    • Hypervisor
    • VM Manager
  • Describing Network Virtualization

    • Overlay Network Protocols
    • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) Overlay
    • VXLAN Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane
    • VXLAN Data Plane
    • Cisco Nexus 1000VE Series Virtual Switch
    • VMware vSphere Virtual Switches
  • Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts

    • Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
    • Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Virtual Storage Area Network (VSAN) Configuration and Verification
  • Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage

    • Fibre Channel Layered Model
    • Fabric Login (FLOGI) Process
    • Fibre Channel Flow Control
  • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses

    • Fibre Channel Zoning
    • Zoning Configuration
    • Zoning Management
  • Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV

    • Cisco NPV Mode
    • NPIV Mode
  • Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements

    • Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Data Center Bridging
    • Priority Flow Control
    • Enhanced Transmission Selection
    • Data Center Bridging Exchange (DCBX) Protocol
    • Congestion Notification
  • Describing FCoE

    • Cisco Unified Fabric
    • FCoE Architecture
    • FCoE Initialization Protocol
    • FCoE Adapters
  • Describing Cisco UCS Components

    • Physical Cisco UCS Components
    • Cisco Fabric Interconnect Product Overview
    • Cisco I/O Module (IOM) Product Overview
    • Cisco UCS Mini
    • Cisco Integrated Management Controller (IMC) Supervisor
    • Cisco Intersight™
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager

    • Cisco UCS Manager Overview
    • Identity and Resource Pools for Hardware Abstraction
    • Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
    • Cisco UCS Central Overview
    • Cisco HyperFlex™ Overview
  • Using APIs

    • Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
    • How to Choose Models and Processes
  • Describing Cisco ACI

    • Cisco ACI Overview
    • Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI
    • Cisco ACI Features
    • VXLAN in Cisco ACI
    • Unicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
    • Multicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
    • Cisco ACI Programmability
    • Common Programming Tools and Orchestration Options
  • Describing Cloud Computing

    • Cloud Computing Overview
    • Cloud Deployment Models
    • Cloud Computing Services

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DCFNDU FAQs

  • 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.

  • Does this course help me achieve a Cisco Certification?

    No, but we do offer a vast amount of course options where you can achieve a Cisco certification.

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