Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations

Start Date: January 01, 1970 – 12:00 AM (Pacific Time)

End Date: January 01, 1970 – 12:00 AM (Pacific Time)

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Course Description:

In this 5-day course, Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU), students will gain the foundational knowledge and skills needed to configure Cisco data center technologies including: networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing.

Students will be introduced 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 will help students:

  • Prepare for entry-level job roles in the high-demand area of data center environments
  • Prepare for courses that support the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center certification exams
  • Gain knowledge and hands-on skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • 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

Course Modules

  • Module 1: 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

     

  • Module 2: 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

     

  • Module 3: Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy
    • Default Gateway Redundancy
    • Hot Standby Router Protocol
    • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
    • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol

     

  • Module 4: Describing Cisco FEX
    • Server Deployment Models
    • Cisco FEX Technology
    • Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding
    • Cisco Adapter FEX

     

  • Module 5: Describing Port Channels and VPCs
    • Ethernet Port Channels
    • Virtual Port Channels
    • Supported VPC Topologies

     

  • Module 6: 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

     

  • Module 7: Describing Machine Virtualization
    • Virtual Machines
    • Hypervisor
    • VM Manager

     

  • Module 8: 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

     

  • Module 9: 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

     

  • Module 10: Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage
    • Fibre Channel Layered Model
    • Fabric Login (FLOGI) Process
    • Fibre Channel Flow Control

     

  • Module 11: Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
    • Fibre Channel Zoning
    • Zoning Configuration
    • Zoning Management

     

  • Module 12: Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
    • Cisco NPV Mode
    • NPIV Mode

     

  • Module 13: 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

     

  • Module 14: Describing FCoE
    • Cisco Unified Fabric
    • FCoE Architecture
    • FCoE Initialization Protocol
    • FCoE Adapters

     

  • Module 15: 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™

     

  • Module 16: 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

     

  • Module 17: Using APIs
    • Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
    • How to Choose Models and Processes

     

  • Module 18: 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

     

  • Module 19: Describing Cloud Computing
    • Cloud Computing Overview
    • Cloud Deployment Models
    • Cloud Computing Services

Lab Outline

  • Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI
  • Explore Topology Discovery
  • Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX
  • Configure VPCs
  • Configure VPCs with Cisco FEX
  • Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
  • Explore the Virtual Device Contexts (VDC) Elements
  • Install VMware Elastic Sky X Integrated (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 Server Profile
  • Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  • Explore the Cisco UCS Manager XML API Management Information Tree

Target Audience

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

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

Prerequisites

The knowledge and skills that the learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

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

Inclusions

With CCS Learning Academy, you’ll receive:

  • Certified Instructor-led training
  • Official Training Seminar Student Handbook
  • Pre and Post assessments/evaluations
  • Collaboration with classmates (not currently available for self-paced course)
  • Real-world learning activities and scenarios
  • Exam scheduling support*
  • Enjoy job placement assistance for the first 12 months after course completion.
  • This course is eligible for CCS Learning Academy’s Learn and Earn Program: get a tuition fee refund of up to 50% if you are placed in a job through CCS Global Tech’s Placement Division*
  • Government and Private pricing available.*

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