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

Level: Intermediate

The Designing Cisco Data Centre Infrastructure (DCID) v7.0 course helps you master design and deployment options focused on Cisco® data centre solutions and technologies across network, compute, virtualisation, storage area networks, automation, and security. You will learn design practises 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 Centre 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 Centre Infrastructure (300-610 DCID), which leads to the new CCNP® Data Centre and Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Centre Design certifications. 

Key Features of this DCID Training:

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  • Authorised 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 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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DCID Course Information

  • Prerequisites

    Before taking this course, you should understand the following:

    • Implement data centre networking [local area network (LAN) and storage area network (SAN)]
    • Describe data centre storage
    • Implement data centre virtualisation
    • Implement Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS)
    • Implement data centre automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco UCS Director
    • Describe products in the Cisco Data Centre 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 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
  • 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 Centre Topologies

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

    • Cisco OTV Overview
    • Cisco OTV Control and Data Planes
    • Failure Isolation
    • Cisco OTV Features
    • Optimise 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 Virtualisation
  • Describing VXLAN Overlay Networks

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

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

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

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

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

    • Network and Licence 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
    • Virtualisation 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 Centre 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
    • Organisations in Cisco UCS Manager
    • Locales and Effective Rights
    • Authentication, Authorisation, 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 Centre 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 Centre Topology for a Customer
    • Design Data Centre 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 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 redeem my Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs) for this CCNP Data Centre 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 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 achieve the CCNP Data Centre certification?

    To earn CCNP Data Centre, you need to pass a core exam and a data centre 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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