The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.1 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces students to Cisco technologies and products that are deployed in the data center: network virtualization, network technologies, unified computing, automation and orchestration, and the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). The introductory level of knowledge that is provided in these courses is targeted for individuals who can perform basic configuration tasks. The hands-on lab exercises focus on configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS), Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), and Cisco UCS Director.

The goal of the course is to provide learners with broad exposure to Cisco data center technologies and to provide entry-level data center personnel with the skills they require to succeed in their job role.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe and configure Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center networking
  • Describe and configure Cisco automation and orchestration
  • Describe and verify Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization
    • Describing Functional Planes of Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Describing Cisco Nexus Operating System VRF Contexts
    • Lab: Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH
    • Lab: Configure VRFs
    • Describing Virtual Device Contexts
    • Lab: Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
    • Describing the Function of Overlays
    • Describing Virtualization
    • Lab: Install VMware ESXi and vCenter
    • Describing Virtual Switches
  • Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration
    • Describing Cisco Fabric Extender Connectivity
    • Lab: Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
    • Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
    • Lab: Configure Virtual Port Channels
    • Lab: Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
    • Describing Cisco FabricPath
    • Lab: Configure Cisco FabricPath
    • Describing Unified Port Feature of Cisco Nexus Switches
    • Lab: Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch
    • Describing Cisco Unified Fabric
    • Lab: Implement FCoE
  • Cisco Unified Computing System
    • Describing Data Center Server Connectivity
    • Describing Cisco IMC Supervisor
    • Describing Cisco UCS Manager Operations
    • Lab: Configure the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnect
    • Lab: Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
    • Describing Role-Based Access Control
    • Lab: Configure Local RBAC
    • Describing Hardware Abstraction in Cisco UCS
    • Lab: Configure Pools
    • Lab: Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Data Center Automation and Orchestration
    • Exploring the Utility of Application Programming Interfaces
    • Lab: Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
    • Lab: Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
    • Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
    • Describing Cloud Attributes and Service Models
    • Describing Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Customize Cisco UCS Director
    • Lab: Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
    • Describing VDCs, Tenants, and Policies
    • Lab: Create Policies and VDCs
    • Describing Orchestration
    • Managing Catalogs and Templates
    • Lab: Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal and Explore Reports
  • Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
    • Describing Cisco ACI
    • Describing Cisco ACI Fabric
    • Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI

Prerequisite Knowledge

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

Associated certifications