Designing Cisco Data Centre Infrastructure (DCID v6.2) Training

Level: Intermediate

This Authorised Cisco DCID training course is a five-day, instructor-led course that preps you for the 300-160 DCID exam, one requirement for Cisco CCNP Data Centre certification. This Designing Cisco Data Centre Infrastructure (DCID) course focuses on data centre design based on Cisco solutions and technologies.

The course includes information on designing data centres with Cisco components and technologies. It covers network designs with virtualisation, Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies and routing protocols, and data centre interconnect design options. Also covered are device virtualisation technologies such as virtual data centres and network function virtualisation 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 practises for the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers, Cisco UCS Manager, and Cisco Unified Fabric are covered. Network management technologies include UCS Manager, Cisco Prime Data Centre Network Manager (DCNM), and UCS Director.

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Key Features of this DCID Training:

  • Cisco Authorised course content
  • Authorised Cisco instructor
  • Eligible for Cisco Learning Credit (CLC) redemption
  • Attend in-class, online or bring the course to your facility
  • Expansive course catalogue to go deeper into Cisco or broaden you skills beyond

You Will Learn How To:

  • Describe the Layer 2 forwarding options and protocols used in a data centre
  • Describe the Layer 3 forwarding options and protocols used in a data centre
  • Describe the rack design options, traffic patterns, and data centre switching layer access, aggregation, and core
  • Describe the Cisco OTV technology that is used to interconnect data centres
  • Design a solution that uses LISP for traffic forwarding
  • Describe the hardware redundancy options and virtualise the network, compute, and storage. Discuss virtual networking in the data centre.
  • 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 centre
  • Describe advanced data centre security technologies and best practises
  • Describe virtual appliances that are deployed in a data centre network
  • Describe device management and orchestration in the data centre
  • Design a data centre 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 organisations 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 practises for naming conventions.
  • Describe the different policies you may set in the service profile to achieve and fulfil 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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Note: This course runs for 5 Days *

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Important DCID Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    To fully benefit from this course, students attending this training should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:
    • Introducing Cisco Data Centre Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
    • Introducing Cisco Data Centre Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
    • Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K) v2.0 or higher
    • Good understanding of the VMware environment
    It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:
    • Describe data centre networking concepts
    • Describe data centre storage concepts
    • Describe data centre virtualisation
    • Describe Cisco UCS
    • Describe data centre automation and orchestration with a focus on Cisco ACI and Cisco UCS Director
    • Identify products in the Cisco data centre Nexus and Cisco MDS families
    • Describe network fundamentals and build simple LANs, including switching and routing

DCID Course Outline

  • Module 1: Data Centre Network Connectivity Design

    • Lesson 1: Describing High Availability on Layer 2
    • Lesson 2: Designing Layer 3 Connectivity
    • Lesson 3: Designing Data Centre Topologies
    • Lesson 4: Designing Data Centre Interconnects with Cisco OTV
    • Lesson 5: Designing a LISP Solution
  • Module 2: Data Centre Infrastructure Design

    • Lesson 1: Describing Hardware and Device Virtualisation
    • Lesson 2: Describing FEX Options
    • Lesson 3: Describing Virtual Networking
    • Lesson 4: Describing Basic Data Centre Security
    • Lesson 5: Describing Advanced Data Centre Security
    • Lesson 6: Describing Virtual Appliances
    • Lesson 7: Describing Management and Orchestration
  • Module 3: Data Centre Storage Network Design

    • Lesson 1: Describing Storage and RAID Options
    • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Concepts
    • Lesson 3: Describing Fibre Channel Topologies
    • Lesson 4: Describing FCoE
    • Lesson 5: Describing Storage Security
    • Lesson 6: Describing SAN Management and Orchestration
  • Module 4: Data Centre Compute Connectivity Design

    • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS Servers and Use Cases
    • Lesson 2: Describing Fabric Interconnect Connectivity
    • Lesson 3: Describing Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems
    • Lesson 4: Describing Management Systems
    • Lesson 5: Describing Hadoop, SAP Hana, and IoT on Cisco UCS
  • Module 5: Data Centre Compute Resource Parameters Design

    • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS Manager System-Wide Parameters
    • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco UCS RBAC
    • Lesson 3: Describing Pools for Service Profiles
    • Lesson 4: Describing Policies for Service Profiles
    • Lesson 5: Describing Network-Specific Adapters and Policies
    • Lesson 6: Describing Templates in Cisco UCS Manager

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DCID Training FAQs

  • How do I prepare for Cisco CCNP Data Centre 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 take the 300-160 DCID exam to achieve CCNP Data Centre certification?

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

  • How do I redeem my Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs) for this DCID 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.

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