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Designing Cisco Data Center Unified fabric Bracknell

  • Price £2,025.00
  • Duration 5 day(s)
All major credit cards accepted


The primary audience for this course is as follows:

Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers.

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

Data center engineers and managers.



The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA DATA CENTER) certification
Knowledge that is covered in the Cisco Nexus product family courses
Knowledge that is covered in the Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions Version 2.1 (DESGN) course
Knowledge that is covered in the Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (DCSNS) course


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

  • Evaluate data center solution design and design process in regards to the contemporary data center challenges, Cisco Data Center Architecture solution, and components
  • Provide a comprehensive and detailed overview of technologies used in data centers, and describe scalability implications and their possible use in cloud environments
  • Design data center connections and topologies in the core layer
  • Present and design data center storage designs, solutions, and limitations of various storage technologies
  • Design secure data centers to be protected from application-based threats, network security threats, and physical security threats
  • Design data center infrastructure that is required to implement network-based application services
  • Design data center management to facilitate monitoring, managing, and provisioning data center equipment and application

Course Content

1: Cisco Data Center Solutions

Identifying Data Center
Categorize general data center solution components
Define the baseline technology and terminology used in the data center solutions
Analyze business, technical, and environmental challenges
Recognize cloud computing paradigm, terms, and concepts
Recognize the importance of virtualization technologies and solutions for data center evolution

Identifying Cisco Data Center Solution
Evaluate the Cisco data center architectural framework
Evaluate the Cisco data center architectural framework network component
Evaluate the Cisco data center architectural framework storage component

Defining Cisco Data Center Solution Design
Describe the design process for the Cisco Unified Computing solution
Assess the deliverables of the Cisco Unified Computing System solution

2: Data Center Technologies

Designing Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switching
Understand and explain hardware forwarding architectures
Describe IP addressing considerations and IP routing technologies

Virtualizing Data Center Components
Identify device virtualization mechanisms
Design virtualized solutions using VDCs
Design virtualized services using contexts on firewalling and load-balancing devices
Design virtualized services using virtual appliances

Designing Layer 2 Multi-Pathing Technologies
Explain link virtualization technologies that allow for scaling of the network
Design solutions using vPCs and MEC
Design solutions using FabricPath

3: Data Center Topologies

Designing Data Center Core Layer Network
Identify the need for the data center core layer
Design a Layer 3 data center core layer
Design a Layer 2 data center core layer
Evaluate designs using data center collapsed core

Designing Data Center Aggregation Layer
Describe classical aggregation layer designs
Design the aggregation layer with VDCs
Design the aggregation layer when using unified fabric
Design the aggregation layer with IP storage-related specifics in mind

Designing Data Center Access Layer
Describe the classical access layer designs and design issues
Design the access layer with vPC and MEC
Design the access layer with FEXs
Design the access layer with unified fabric

Designing Data Center Virtualized Access Layer
Define the virtual access layer
Describe the virtual access layer solutions within virtual machine hosts
Design solutions with adapter FEX
Design solutions with VM-FEX
Design solutions with Cisco Nexus 1000V switch

Designing High Availability
Design high availability for IP-based services
Design high availability by implementing link aggregation
Design high availability of services using IP routing and FHRPs
Provide high availability with RHI
Design high availability of services using LISP

Designing Data Center Interconnects
Identify the reasons for data center interconnects
Describe data center interconnect technologies
Design data center interconnects using OTV
Describe storage replication technologies

4: Data Center Storage

Introducing Storage Area Networking
List data storage and Fibre Channel basic terms
Explain Fibre Channel basic concepts
Explain Fibre Channel flow control mechanisms

Designing SAN
Explain different storage designs and topologies
Design SANs using Cisco best practices and CVDs
Design scalable SANs with provisions for multi-tenancy

Designing Unified Fabric
Explain flow control when using FCoE
Explain the use of FIP
Describe different design options with unified fabric networks
Design unified fabric deployments with fabric extenders

Designing SAN Services
Identify the need for SAN-based Fibre Channel services
Design SAN-based Fibre Channel services
Explain SAN replication
Design long-distance Fibre Channel interconnects
Present design examples and use cases for various SAN long-distance acceleration solutions

5: Data Center Security

Designing Data Center Application Security
Identify the need for data center security technologies
Describe characteristics of firewalls
Position security appliances within data center networks
Design secure communication on multiple layers

Designing Link Security Technologies and Device Hardening
Identify design requirements for TrustSec
Describe device hardening technologies
Design secure management networks

Designing Storage Security
Design secure SANs
List security solutions for data encryption
Outline security implications for IP-based storage

6: Data Center Application Services

Designing Data Center Application Architecture
Present application architecture and design
Explain application tiering
Explain application optimization technologies

Designing Application Services
Explain server load-balancing technologies
Add application services to an existing data center
Explain contexts
Design secure application load balancing solutions

Designing Global Load Balancing
Explain the need for global load balancing
Design a global load balancing solution
Explain protocols used for site selection and site monitoring
Explain the site selection process

7: Data Center Management

Designing Data Center Management Solutions
Describe the need for network management
Present Cisco data center management products
Describe scalability limitations
Secure management in multi-tenant environments

Course Labs and Case Studies
Case Study 1-1: Design a Migration to vPC
Lab 1-2: Familiarize with the Lab Equipment
Lab 3-1: Explore VDCs
Lab 3-2: Examine vPC
Lab 3-3: Explore FabricPath
Lab 3-4: Connect FEXs
Lab 3-5: Interconnect Data Centers with OTV
Case Study 3-6: Design VLAN Extension
Case Study 4-1: Design Unified Fabric

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