Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Overview (DCMDSO) v1.0 is a 1-day course that is designed for technical decision makers and professionals who architect, implement or manage Data Center SAN environments. This course provides an overview of Cisco MDS 9000 Switches, including platforms, architecture, software, management and key features that contribute to performance, high availability, flexibility, operational simplicity and investment protection.

The goal of this course is to provide learners an overview of various Cisco MDS products and their features so that they will be able to make informed purchasing decisions.


Upon completing this course, students will be able to meet these objectives:
  • Describe Cisco MDS SAN features and advantages
  • Describe fixed and modular platforms
  • Describe Cisco MDS architecture and high availability mechanisms
  • Describe technologies used in modern SANs
  • Describe SAN management with Cisco DCNM
  • Describe key value-add features that distinguish Cisco MDS switches


The course contains these components:
  • Describing Cisco MDS Platform
  • Describing Cisco MDS Architecture
  • Describing Storage Technologies
  • Describing Cisco MDS Management
  • Describing Cisco MDS Key Features

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that students are expected to have before attending this course are:
  • Experience managing Data Center deployments
  • Fundamentals of SAN technologies
  • Understanding of business and application requirements