Associated Certifications
CCNA Data Center Certification
Required Exam(s)
Instructorctclc admin
TypeOnsite Course
5 Days
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In this course, you will be introduced to the Cisco technologies that are deployed in the data center, including unified computing, unified fabric, and network services. Through hands-on labs, you will focus on verifying configurations, making configuration changes, and designing new topologies. This course is targeted for individuals who can perform only the more basic configuration tasks.

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

  • Cisco data center fundamentals
  • Cisco data center virtualization
  • Cisco data center storage networking
  • Cisco data center unified fabric
  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Network designers
  • Network administrators
  • Storage administrators
  • Network engineers
  • Server administrators
  • Network managers
  • Program managers
  • Project managers
  • Systems engineers

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Services

  • Functional Layers of the Data Center
  • Cisco Nexus Product Family
  • Cisco MDS Product Family
  • Monitoring the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches
  • Virtual Port Channels (vPCs) and Cisco FabricPath in the Data Center
  • Using OTV on Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switches

Module 2: Cisco Data Center Virtualization

  • Virtualizing Network Devices
  • Virtualizing Storage
  • Virtualizing Server Solutions
  • Using the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch
  • Verifying Setup and Operation of the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch

Module 3: Cisco Data Center Storage Networking

  • Comparing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  • Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • Verifying Fibre Channel Communications on Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches

Module 4: Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

  • Data Center Bridging (DCB)
  • Connectivity Options for FIbre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) on the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch
  • Enhanced FCoE Scalability with Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE Fabric Extenders

Module 5: Cisco UCS

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
  • Connecting Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers
  • Setting Up an Initial Cisco UCS B-Series Cluster
  • Cisco UCS Manager Operations
  • Cisco UCS Manager Pools, Policies, Templates, and Service Profiles


  • Connect to a Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch Using Secure Shell (SSH)
  • Connect to a Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Using SSH
  • Run Command Line Interface (CLI) Commands
  • Configure vPCs
  • Validate Cisco FabricPath Configuration
  • Validate Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) Configuration
  • Verify Current Virtual Device Context (VDC) Settings
  • Validate a Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender Configuration
  • Validate a Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch Configuration
  • Validate a Cisco MDS 9100 Series Multilayer Fabric Switch License
  • Configure VSANs and Zoning
  • Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • View the Tech-Support Command Output
  • Validate the Physical Connections for FCoE
  • Explore the Cisco UCS Manager Graphical User Interface (GUI)
  • Create a Service Profile from a Template and Performing VMware ESXi 5.0 SAN Boot