Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

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Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1  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.

This training helps you prepare to take the exam:

  • 300-610 Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

How You’ll Benefit

This training 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

Who Should Enroll

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

What to Expect in the Exam

This exam certifies your knowledge of data center infrastructure design including network, compute, storage network, and automation.

After you pass 300-610 DCID:

  • You earn the Cisco Certified Specialist – Data Center Design certification and you will have satisfied the concentration exam requirement for the CCNP Data Center certification.

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 Prerequisites

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


5 days

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