This is a self-study technical course that is designed for senior engineers and IT professionals. It 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 helps you prepare to take the exam, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-610 DCID), which leads to the CCNP® Data Center and the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Design certifications.
After completing 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
Classes begin promptly at 9:00 am, and typically end at 5:00 pm.
Does the course schedule include a Lunchbreak?
Lunch is normally an hour long and begins at noon. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate and juice are available all day in the kitchen. Fruit, muffins and bagels are served each morning. There are numerous restaurants near each of our centers, and some popular ones are indicated on the Area Map in the Student Welcome Handbooks - these can be picked up in the lobby or requested from one of our ExitCertified staff.
How can someone reach me during class?
If someone should need to contact you while you are in class, please have them call the center telephone number and leave a message with the receptionist.
What languages are used to deliver training?
Most courses are conducted in English, unless otherwise specified. Some courses will have the word "FRENCH" marked in red beside the scheduled date(s) indicating the language of instruction.
What does GTR stand for?
GTR stands for Guaranteed to Run; if you see a course with this status, it means this event is confirmed to run. View our GTR page to see our full list of Guaranteed to Run courses.
Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.
Does ExitCertified deliver group training?
Yes, we provide training for groups, individuals, and private on sites. View our group training page for more information.
What does vendor-authorized training mean?
As a vendor-authorized training partner, we offer a curriculum that our partners have vetted. We use the same course materials and facilitate the same labs as our vendor-delivered training. These courses are considered the gold standard and, as such, are priced accordingly.
Is the training too basic, or will you go deep into technology?
It depends on your requirements, your role in your company, and your depth of knowledge. The good news about many of our learning paths, you can start from the fundamentals to highly specialized training.
How up-to-date are your courses and support materials?
We continuously work with our vendors to evaluate and refresh course material to reflect the latest training courses and best practices.
Are your instructors seasoned trainers who have deep knowledge of the training topic?
ExitCertified instructors have an average of 27 years of practical IT experience. They have also served as consultants for an average of 15 years. To stay up to date, instructors will at least spend 25 percent of their time learning new emerging technologies and courses.
Do you provide hands-on training and exercises in an actual lab environment?
Lab access is dependent on the vendor and the type of training you sign up for. However, many of our top vendors will provide lab access to students to test and practice. The course description will specify lab access.
Will you customize the training for our company’s specific needs and goals?
We will work with you to identify training needs and areas of growth. We offer a variety of training methods, such as private group training, on-site of your choice, and virtually. We provide courses and certifications that are aligned with your business goals.
How do I get started with certification?
Getting started on a certification pathway depends on your goals and the vendor you choose to get certified in. Many vendors offer entry-level IT certification to advanced IT certification that can boost your career. To get access to certification vouchers and discounts, please contact Edu_customerexperience@techdata.com
Will I get access to content after I complete a course?
You will get access to the PDF of course books and guides, but access to the recording and slides will depend on the vendor and type of training you receive.
Very good material, the instructor was clear explaining the topics, and the labs were easy to follow it.
This is my second course with ExitCertified. This course exceeded my expectations. The teacher was great and the class was fun.
Good training material and good instruction. More time needs to be provided for the lab work.
Instructor was great, course was mostly very good except for too much focus on pricing
I was very satisfied about how the course was organized. Sean Did a very good work