Cisco Data Center Overview Workshop (DCINTRO) is a 2-day instructor-led workshop that introduces learners to Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization, Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Cisco HyperFlex System.
Learners learn about the key components and procedures of Cisco Nexus 1000, 2000, 5000 and 7000 Series switches and understanding of Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches in the ACI mode. The workshop also covers the implementation and operation of Cisco UCS in the Data Center and Cisco HyperFlex system platform's approach, including the architecture, components, operations, management, and troubleshooting.


Upon completing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe the different instances of virtualization in the data center, including device virtualization, server virtualization, and virtual switches
  • Discuss the functional planes of Cisco Nexus switches
  • Discuss the function of overlays within the data center
  • Provide an overview of the Cisco ACI solution
  • Describe the ACI fabric
  • Describe the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch hardware for ACI
  • Describe the Cisco UCS product family
  • Describe the Cisco UCS Manager operations
  • Discuss the scalability and high availability features of the Cisco UCS
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex solution
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform architecture


The course contains the following components:
Day 1:
  • Describing Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches
  • Describing Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts
  • Describing Virtual Device Contexts
  • Describing Virtual Switches
  • Lab: Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command Line Interface
  • Instructor Demo: Cisco Nexus 1000V: Installation and Basic Configuration
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch ACI Solution
  • Describing the ACI Fabric
  • Describing Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switch Hardware
  • Instructor Demo: Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller 1.2 with VMware Integration

Day 2:
  • Describing Data Center Server Connectivity
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations
  • Describing Hardware Abstraction in Cisco UCS
  • Instructor Demo: Provision Initial Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Lab: Provision Cisco UCS Ethernet Connectivity and Management IP Pools
  • Lab: Provision Identity and Resource Pools
  • Lab: Provision Mobile Service Profiles from Updating Templates
  • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Overview and Positioning
  • Cisco HyperFlex Solutions Architecture and Deep Dive
  • Cisco HyperFlex Data Services
  • Instructor Demo: Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Platform - Deployment and Operations v2

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should posses before attending this course are as follows:
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Knowledge of basic i386 architecture
  • Knowledge of basic LAN components and functions
  • Knowledge of basic SAN components and functions