The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.1 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). This course does not lead directly to a certification exam, but it does cover foundational knowledge that can help you prepare for several CCNP and other professional-level data center courses.


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Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able 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 FEX connectivity
Describe Ethernet port channels and vPCs
Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and describe 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 NPV and NPIV
Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
Describe 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

  • 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 VDCs
    VDC Types
    VDC Resource Allocation
    VDC Management

  • Describing Machine Virtualization

  • Virtual Machines
    VM Manager

  • Describing Network Virtualization

  • Overlay Network Protocols
    VXLAN Overlay
    VXLAN BGP 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
    VSAN Configuration and Verification

  • Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage

  • Fibre Channel Layered Model
    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

  • IEEE Data Center Bridging
    Priority Flow Control
    Enhanced Transmission Selection
    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 IOM Product Overview
    Cisco UCS Mini
    Cisco 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

  • Lab outline

  • Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI
    Explore Topology Discovery
    Configure HSRP
    Configure vPCs
    Configure VRF
    Explore the VDC Elements
    Install ESXi and vCenter
    Configure VSANs
    Validate FLOGI and FCNS
    Configure Zoning
    Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
    Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment
    Configure a Cisco UCS Service Profile
    Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
    Explore the Cisco UCS Manager XML API Management Information Tree
    Explore Cisco ACI


This course is ideal for Data center administrators, Data center engineers, Systems engineers, Server administrators, Network managers, Cisco integrators and partners, Data center designers, Technical solutions architects, Network architects.




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


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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