DCI - Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that focuses on 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 is designed to help students prepare for Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles.

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.

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Instructor did a great job, from experience this subject can be a bit dry to teach but he was able to keep it very engaging and made it much easier to focus. Student
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The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course:
  • Implement data center networking (LAN and SAN)
  • Describe data center storage
  • Implement data center virtualization
  • Implement Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Implement data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco ACI and UCS Director
  • Describe products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and MDS families

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Data Center Network Connectivity Design

Lesson 1: Describing High Availability on Layer 2
Lesson 2: Describing Layer 3 Forwarding
Lesson 3: Designing Data Center Topologies
Lesson 4: Designing Data Center Interconnects with Cisco OTV
Lesson 5: Designing a LISP Solution

Module 2: Data Center Infrastructure Design

Lesson 1: Describing Hardware and Device Virtualization
Lesson 2: Describing FEX Options
Lesson 3: Describing Virtual Networking
Lesson 4: Describing Basic Data Center Security
Lesson 5: Describing Advanced Data Center Security
Lesson 6: Describing Virtual Appliances
Lesson 7: Describing Management and Orchestration

Module 3: Data Center Storage Network Design

Lesson 1: Describing Storage and RAID Options
Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Concepts
Lesson 3: Describing Fibre Channel Topologies
Lesson 4: Describing FCoE
Lesson 5: Describing Storage Security
Lesson 6: Describing Management and Orchestration

Module 4: Data Center Compute Connectivity Design

Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Servers and Use Cases
Lesson 2: Describing Cisco UCS M-Series Servers and Use Cases
Lesson 3: Describing Cisco UCS B-Series Servers and Use Cases
Lesson 4: Describing Fabric Interconnect Connectivity
Lesson 5: Describing Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems
Lesson 6: Describing Management Systems
Lesson 7: Describing Hadoop, SAP Hana, and IoT on Cisco UCS

Module 5: Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design

Lesson 1: Describing System-Wide Parameters
Lesson 2: Describing RBAC
Lesson 3: Describing Pools for Service Profiles
Lesson 4: Describing Policies for Service Profiles
Lesson 5: Describing Network Specific Adapters and Policies
Lesson 6: Describing Templates in Cisco UCS Manager