The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces learners to the data center design based on Cisco solutions. The course includes theoretical content, as well as design-oriented case studies that are in the form of activities.
The course includes information on designing data centers with Cisco components and technologies. It covers network designs with virtualization, Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies and routing protocols, and data center interconnect design options. Also covered are device virtualization technologies such as virtual data centers and network function virtualization with virtual appliances including virtual switches, virtual routers, and virtual firewalls. Storage and SAN design is covered, with explanation of Fibre Channel networks and Cisco Unified Fabric. Design practices for the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers and Cisco UCS Manager are covered. Network management technologies include UCS Manager, Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager, and Cisco UCS Director.
The goal of the course is to enable engineers to choose the components and design a scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center.

The DCID course is designed to help students prepare for Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 forwarding in a data center, including cabling and rack design for the access, aggregation, and core layers
  • Design vPC, Cisco FabricPath, OTV, and LISP in customer scenarios, and describe management options in the LAN
  • Describe hardware virtualization and FEX technologies, compare the Cisco Nexus 1000v with VMFEX designs, discuss data center security threats and Cisco Virtual Application Container Services for IaaS, and describe management and automation options for the data center infrastructure
  • Describe storage and RAID options, describe the Fibre Channel concept and architecture, and design Fibre Channel and FCoE networks, along with management options
  • Describe the UCS C-Series, M-Series, and B-Series servers, with connectivity and adapter options
  • Design the resource parameters for a UCS domain, starting with the setup and IP concepts, RBAC, and integration with authentication servers


The course contains these components:
  • Data Center Network Connectivity Design
    • Describing High Availability on Layer 2
    • Describing Layer 3 Forwarding
    • Designing Data Center Topologies
    • Designing Data Center Interconnects with Cisco OTV
    • Designing a LISP Solution
  • Data Center Infrastructure Design
    • Describing Hardware and Device Virtualization
    • Describing FEX Options
    • Describing Virtual Networking
    • Describing Basic Data Center Security
    • Describing Advanced Data Center Security
    • Describing Virtual Appliances
    • Describing Management and Orchestration
  • Data Center Storage Network Design
    • Describing Storage and RAID Options
    • Describing Fibre Channel Concepts
    • Describing Fibre Channel Topologies
    • Describing FCoE
    • Describing Storage Security
    • Describing Management and Orchestration
  • Data Center Compute Connectivity Design
    • Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers and Use Cases
    • Describing Cisco UCS M-Series Servers and Use Cases
    • Describing Cisco UCS B-Series Servers and Use Cases
    • Describing Fabric Interconnect Connectivity
    • Describing Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems
    • Describing Management Systems
    • Describing Hadoop, SAP Hana, and IoT on Cisco UCS
  • Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design
    • Describing System-Wide Parameters
    • Describing RBAC
    • Describing Pools for Service Profiles
    • Describing Policies for Service Profiles
    • Describing Network Specific Adapters and Policies
    • Describing Templates in Cisco UCS Manager

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:

Associated certifications