Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) provides training on designing data centers using Cisco data centers solutions and technologies. Topics covered include network designs with virtualization technologies, Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies and routing protocols, and data center interconnect design options. You’ll 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, while gaining experience with network management technologies including Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), and Cisco UCS Director. This training also earns you 40 Continuing Education (CE) credits towards recertification. 

Course Information

Price: $4,100.00
Duration: 5 days
Certification: CCNP Data Center; Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Design
Exam: 300-610 DCID
Learning Credits: 41
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Before taking this offering, 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 MDS families


Target Audience:

IT professionals with five to eight years of experience in these roles:

  • Data center engineers
  • Network designers
  • Network administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Server administrators
  • Network managers
  • Cisco integrators or partners


Course Objectives:

  • 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 Locator/ID separation protocol  
  • Design a solution that uses Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) for traffic forwarding  
  • Describe the 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 the compute function and the different Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) levels from a high-availability and performance perspective  
  • Describe Fibre Channel concepts and architecture  
  • Describe Fibre Channel topologies and industry terms  
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)  
  • Describe security options in the storage network  
  • Describe the management and automation options for the 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


Course Outline:

  • Section 1: Describing High Availability on Layer 2 
  • Section 2: Designing Layer 3 Connectivity 
  • Section 3: Designing Data Center Topologies 
  • Section 4: Designing Data Center Interconnects with Cisco OTV 
  • Section 5: Describing Locator/ID Separation Protocol 
  • Section 6: Describing VXLAN Overlay Networks 
  • Section 7: Describing Hardware and Device Virtualization 
  • Section 8: Describing Cisco FEX Options 
  • Section 9: Describing Basic Data Center Security 
  • Section 10: Describing Advanced Data Center Security 
  • Section 11: Describing Management and Orchestration 
  • Section 12: Describing Storage and RAID Options 
  • Section 13: Describing Fibre Channel Concepts 
  • Section 14: Describing Fibre Channel Topologies 
  • Section 15: Describing FCoE 
  • Section 16: Describing Storage Security 
  • Section 17: Describing SAN Management and Orchestration 
  • Section 18: Describing Cisco UCS Servers and Use Cases 
  • Section 19: Describing Fabric Interconnect Connectivity 
  • Section 20: Describing Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems 
  • Section 21: Describing Cisco UCS Manager Systemwide Parameters 
  • Section 22: Describing Cisco UCS RBAC 
  • Section 23: Describing Pools for Service Profiles 
  • Section 24: Describing Policies for Service Profiles 
  • Section 25: Describing Network-Specific Adapters and Policies 
  • Section 26: Describing Templates in Cisco UCS Manager 
  • Section 27: Designing Data Center Automation. 

Lab Outline

  • Module 1: High Availability on Layer 2 
  • Module 2: Designing Layer 3 Connectivity 
  • Module 3: Designing Data Center Topologies 
  • Module 4: Locator/ID Separation Protocol 
  • Module 5: VXLAN Overlay Networks 
  • Module 6: Hardware and Device Virtualization 
  • Module 7: Cisco FEX Options 
  • Module 8: Basic Data Center Security 
  • Module 9: Advanced Data Center Security 
  • Module 10: Management and Orchestration 
  • Module 11: Storage and RAID Options 
  • Module 12: Fibre Channel Topologies 
  • Module 13: Fibre Channel Topologies 
  • Module 14: FCoE 
  • Module 15: Storage Security 
  • Module 16: SAN Management and Orchestration 
  • Module 17: Cisco UCS Servers and Use Cases 
  • Module 18: Fabric Interconnect Connectivity 
  • Module 19: Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems 
  • Module 20: Cisco UCS Manager Systemwide Parameters 
  • Module 21: Cisco UCS RBAC 
  • Module 22: Pools for Service Profiles 
  • Module 23: Policies for Service Profiles 
  • Module 24: Network-Specific Adapters and Policies 
  • Module 25: Templates in Cisco UCS Manager 
  • Module 26: Designing Data Center Automation