Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2 prepares IT professionals for the Cisco CCNA Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles. This course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies, including data center networking concepts, data center storage networking, and data center physical infrastructure. The training provided in this course is focused on data center basic operations, covering the topics needed for today's demanding associate-level positions.
Who should attend
Those preparing for associate-level data center-oriented jobs, or who wish to certify at the Cisco CCNA Data Center level, can now take the official training in self-paced format. The e-learning format of this course offers an immersive, practice-based learning experience at your own pace. Using enterprise-grade Cisco data center equipment, this hands-on training format is designed to be as effective as classroom training, with easily consumable segments of video, text, discovery labs, review questions, and graded challenge labs and tests.
It is recommended, but not required, that students have the following knowledge and skills:
- Basic computer literacy
- Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
- Basic Internet usage skills
- Good understanding of networking protocols
- Good understanding of the VMware environment
What you will learn
Upon completing this course, students will be able to:
- Describe the characteristics and benefits of the Ethernet protocol. List Ethernet standardization.
- Describe the OSI (Open Systems Interconnection) and TCP/IP models.
- Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing.
- Describe the packet delivery process.
- Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model.
- Examine the Cisco Data Center network architectures, the 2- and the 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design.
- Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain basic functionalities and tools of Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS).
- Describe VLANs.
- Describe issues with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
- Describe the routing process on Nexus switches.
- Describe Layer 3 first hop redundancy.
- Describe and configure user security features.
- Describe access control list (ACL) object groups.
- Describe storage connectivity options in the data center. Compare Internet Small Computer Systems Interface (iSCSI), Fibre Channel, and NAS connectivity for remote server storage.
- Describe Fibre Channel storage networking.
- Describe virtual storage area networks (VSANs).
- Describe communication between the initiator and target.
- Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses.
- Describe Cisco N-Port Virtualizer (Cisco NPV) and N-Port ID Virtualization (NPIV).
- Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric.
- Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet.
- Describe the components of a Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) server.
- Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect cluster.
- Describe the Cisco UCS Manager interfaces.
Course content is presented in easily-consumable segments via both Instructor Video and text. Interactivity is enabled through Discovery labs, content review questions, and graded Challenge labs and tests. This makes the learning experience hands-on, increasing course effectiveness, and provides students direct feedback on how well they have mastered the material. And gamification features are built in, including earning badges and a leaderboard, to encourage better performance.