Cisco® Designing Cisco® Data Center Unified Fabric v5.0 (DCUFD)



The course covers architectural components of Cisco Nexus and Cisco Catalyst switching lines, Cisco IOS and Cisco Nexus Operating System (NX-OS) software architecture, as well as management from the network design perspective.

Audience Profile

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center designers
  • Data center administrators
  • System engineers
  • Data center engineers and managers
  • Program and project managers

Prerequisite(s) Recommended

The knowledge and skills that a student should have before attending this course:
Cisco® Designing for Cisco® Internetwork Solutions v3.0 (DESGN)

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe the data center network architecture design basics, challenges, and environmental requirements
  • Describe the Cisco data center network equipment
  • Explain virtualization principles that are used in data center networks
  • Explain server virtualization concepts. Design data center services and security
  • List data center standards, trends, and sizing guidelines

Course Outline

Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Solutions
• Defining the Data Center
• Identifying the Cisco Data Center Solution
• Designing the Cisco Data Center Solution

Module 2: Data Center Technologies
• Designing Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switching
• Virtualizing Data Center Components
• Designing Layer 2 Multipathing Technologies

Module 3: Data Center Topologies
• Designing the Data Center Core Layer Network
• Designing the Data Center Aggregation Layer
• Designing the Data Center Access Layer
• Designing the Data Center Virtualized Access Layer
• Designing High Availability
• Designing Data Center Interconnects

Module 4: Data Center Storage
• Introducing SAN
• Designing SAN
• Designing Unified Fabric
• Designing SAN Services

Module 5: Data Center Security
• Designing Data Center Application Security
• Designing Link Security Technologies and Device Hardening
• Designing Storage Security

Module 6: Data Center Application Services
• Designing Data Center Application Architecture
• Designing Application Services
• Designing Global Load Balancing

Module 7: Data Center Management
• Designing Data Center Management Solutions

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