The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.0 is a 5-day instructor-led or virtual instructor-led course that 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. You can expect theoretical content as well as design-oriented case studies in the form of activities. This course is a part of CCNP Data Center Certification.

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Date: from 1.8.2022 to 5.8.2022
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This course will help you:
  • Make design choices for optimal data center infrastructure performance, virtualization, security, and automation
  • Master the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to design a scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center based on Cisco technologies
  • Qualify for professional-level job roles in the high-demand area of enterprise-class data center environments

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


The course contains these components:
    • Describing High Availability on Layer 2
      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
      Cisco HyperFlex Solution
      CiscHyperconverged and Integrated Systems Overviewo 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

    Practice activity outline:
    • Design Virtual Port Channels
    • Design First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP)
    • Design Routing Protocols
    • Design Data Center Topology for a Customer
    • Design Data Center Interconnect Using Cisco OTV
    • Design Your VXLAN Network
    • Create a Cisco FEX Design
    • Design Management and Orchestration in a Cisco UCS Solution
    • Design a Fibre Channel Network
    • Design and Integrate an FCoE Solution
    • Design a Secure SAN
    • Design Cisco UCS Director for Storage Networking
    • Design a Cisco UCS Domain and Fabric Interconnect Cabling
    • Design a Cisco UCS C-Series Server Implementation
    • Design Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Network and Storage Connectivity
    • Design Systemwide Parameters in a Cisco UCS Solution
    • Design an LDAP Integration with a Cisco UCS Domain
    • Design Pools for Service Profiles in a Cisco UCS Solution
    • Design Network-Specific Adapters and Policies in a Cisco UCS Solution

Prerequisite Knowledge

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

To fully benefit from this course, you should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:

Associated certifications