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CCNP Data Center Certification
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TypeOnsite Course
5 Days
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This course is aimed at providing data center designers with the knowledge and skills needed to design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center unified fabrics, and virtualization solutions based on the Cisco Fabric Extenders (FEXs), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Cisco FabricPath, and equipment and link virtualization technologies. The course describes the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solutions, and explains how to evaluate existing data center infrastructure, determine the requirements, and design the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solution based on Cisco products and technologies.

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

  • Evaluate the data center solution design and design process regarding 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
  • Explain and design data center storage designs, solutions, and limitations of various storage technologies
  • Design secure data centers that are protected from application-based threats, network security threats, and physical security threats
  • Design data center infrastructure that is required to implement network-based application servicesDesign data center management to facilitate monitoring, managing, and provisioning of data center equipment and applications

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers
  • Data center engineers and managers
  • Program and project managers

  • 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 (DESGN) course
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (DCSNS) course

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


  • Become Familiar with the Lab Equipment
  • Explore VDCs
  • Examine vPC
  • Explore Cisco FabricPath
  • Connect FEXs
  • Interconnect Data Centers with Cisco OTV