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. This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-610 DCID)


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Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:

Describe the Layer 2 and 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 Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) technology that is used to interconnect data centers
Describe Locator/ID separation protocol
Design a solution that uses Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) for traffic forwarding
Describe hardware redundancy options; how to virtualize the network, compute, and storage functions; and virtual networking in the data center
Describe solutions that use fabric extenders and compare Cisco Adapter Fabric Extender (FEX) with single root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV)
Describe security threats and solutions in the data center
Describe advanced data center security technologies and best practices
Describe device management and orchestration in the data center
Describe the storage options for compute function and different Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) levels from a high-availability and performance perspective
Describe Fibre Channel concepts, topologies, architecture, and industry terms
Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Describe security options in the storage network
Describe management and automation options for storage networking infrastructure
Describe Cisco UCS servers and use cases for various Cisco UCS platforms
Explain the connectivity options for fabric interconnects for southbound and northbound connections
Describe the hyperconverged solution and integrated systems
Describe the systemwide parameters for setting up a Cisco UCS domain
Describe role-based access control (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 different policies in the service profile
Describe the Ethernet and Fibre Channel interface policies and additional network technologies
Describe the advantages of templates and the difference between initial and updated templates
Describe data center automation tools

  • Describing High Availability on Layer 2

  • Overview of Layer 2 High-Availability Mechanisms
    Virtual Port Channels
    Cisco Fabric Path
    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/ID Separation 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
    Multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane Overview
    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
    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
    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


IT professionals with five to eight years of experience in roles such as Data center engineers, Network designers, Network administrators, Network engineers, Systems engineers, System administrator, Consulting systems engineers, Technical solutions architects, Server administrators, Network managers, Cisco integrators or partners will benefit from this course.




Before taking this course, you should be able to: 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.


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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