Course Code: 5764

Cisco - Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID )

Class Dates:
5 Days
Class Time:
Instructor-Led Training, Virtual Instructor-Led Training


  • Course Overview
  • The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.0 course helps you master design and deployment options focused on Cisco® data center solutions and technologies across network, compute, virtualization, storage area networks, automation, and security. You will learn design practices for the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers, Cisco UCS Manager, and Cisco Unified Fabric. You will also gain design experience with network management technologies including Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), and Cisco UCS Director. You can expect theoretical content as well as design-oriented case studies in the form of activities.

    This course helps you prepare to take the exam, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-610 DCID), which leads to the new CCNP® Data Center and the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Design certifications.
  • Audience
  • IT professionals with five to eight years of experience in these roles:

    Data center engineers
    Network designers
    Network administrators
    Network engineers
    Systems engineers
    Consulting systems engineers
    Technical solutions architects
    Server administrators
    Network managers


  • The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

    Implement data center networking [Local Area Network (LAN) and Storage Area Network (SAN)]
    Describe data center storage
    Implement data center virtualization
    Implement Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS)
    Implement data center automation and orchestration with the focus on Cisco Application
    Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco UCS Director
    Describe products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus and Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) families
    It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

    Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)
    Implementing and Administering Cisco Networking Technologies (CCNA®)
    Implementing Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)

Course Details

  • Describing High Availability on Layer 2
  • Overview of Layer 2 High-Availability Mechanisms
  • Virtual Port Channels
  • Cisco FabricPath
  • Virtual Port Channel+
  • Designing Layer 3 Connectivity
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols
  • Improve Routing Protocol Performance and Security
  • Enhance Layer 3 Scalability and Robustness
  • Designing Data Center Topologies
  • Data Center Traffic Flows
  • Cabling Challenges
  • Access Layer
  • Aggregation Layer
  • Core Layer
  • Spine-and-Leaf Topology
  • Redundancy Options
  • Designing Data Center Interconnects with Cisco OTV
  • Cisco OTV Overview
  • Cisco OTV Control and Data Planes
  • Failure Isolation
  • Cisco OTV Features
  • Optimize Cisco OTV
  • Evaluate Cisco OTV
  • Describing Locator/ID Separation Protocol
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol
  • Location Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) Virtual Machine (VM) Mobility
  • LISP Extended Subnet Mode (ESM) Multihop Mobility
  • LISP VPN Virtualization
  • Describing VXLAN Overlay Networks
  • Describe VXLAN Benefits over VLAN
  • Layer 2 and Layer 3 VXLAN Overlay
  • Multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane Overview
  • VXLAN Data Plane
  • Describing Hardware and Device Virtualization
  • Hardware-Based High Availability
  • Device Virtualization
  • Cisco UCS Hardware Virtualization
  • Server Virtualization
  • SAN Virtualization
  • N-Port ID Virtualization
  • Describing Cisco FEX Options
  • Cisco Adapter FEX
  • Access Layer with Cisco FEX
  • Cisco FEX Topologies
  • Virtualization-Aware Networking
  • Single Root I/O Virtualization
  • Cisco FEX Evaluation
  • Describing Basic Data Center Security
  • Threat Mitigation
  • Attack and Countermeasure Examples
  • Secure the Management Plane
  • Protect the Control Plane
  • RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
  • Describing Advanced Data Center Security
  • Cisco TrustSec in Cisco Secure Enclaves Architecture
  • Cisco TrustSec Operation
  • Firewalling
  • Positioning the Firewall Within Data Center Networks
  • Cisco Firepower® Portfolio
  • Firewall Virtualization
  • Design for Threat Mitigation
  • Describing Management and Orchestration
  • Network and License Management
  • Cisco UCS Manager
  • Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco Intersight
  • Cisco DCNM Overview
  • Describing Storage and RAID Options
  • Position DAS in Storage Technologies
  • Network-Attached Storage
  • Fibre Channel, FCoE, and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
  • Evaluate Storage Technologies
  • Describing Fibre Channel Concepts
  • Fibre Channel Connections, Layers, and Addresses
  • Fibre Channel Communication
  • Virtualization in Fibre Channel SAN
  • Describing Fibre Channel Topologies
  • SAN Parameterization
  • SAN Design Options
  • Choosing a Fibre Channel Design Solution
  • Describing FCoE
  • FCoE Protocol Characteristics
  • FCoE Communication
  • Data Center Bridging
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • FCoE Design Options
  • Describing Storage Security
  • Common SAN Security Features
  • Zones
  • SAN Security Enhancements
  • Cryptography in SAN
  • Describing SAN Management and Orchestration
  • Cisco DCNM for SAN
  • Cisco DCNM Analytics and Streaming Telemetry
  • Cisco UCS Director in the SAN
  • Cisco UCS Director Workflows
  • Describing Cisco UCS Servers and Use Cases
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
  • Fabric Interconnects and Blade Chassis
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Server Adapter Cards
  • Stateless Computing
  • Cisco UCS Mini
  • Describing Fabric Interconnect Connectivity
  • Use of Fabric Interconnect Interfaces
  • VLANs and VSANs in a Cisco UCS Domain
  • Southbound Connections
  • Northbound Connections
  • Disjoint Layer 2 Networks
  • Fabric Interconnect High Availability and Redundancy
  • Describing Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems
  • Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex™ Solution
  • Cisco HyperFlex Scalability and Robustness
  • Cisco HyperFlex Clusters
  • Cluster Capacity and Multiple Clusters on One Cisco UCS Domain
  • External Storage and Graphical Processing Units on Cisco HyperFlex
  • Cisco HyperFlex Positioning
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager Systemwide Parameters
  • Cisco UCS Setup and Management
  • Cisco UCS Traffic Management
  • Describing Cisco UCS RBAC
  • Roles and Privileges
  • Organizations in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Locales and Effective Rights
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Describing Pools for Service Profiles
  • Global and Local Pools
  • Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) Suffix and Media Access Control (MAC) Address Pools
  • World Wide Name (WWN) Pools
  • Server and iSCSI Initiator IP Pools
  • Describing Policies for Service Profiles
  • Global vs. Local Policies
  • Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) Suffix and Media Access Control (MAC) Address Pools
  • World Wide Name (WWN) Pools
  • Server and iSCSI Initiator IP Pools
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  • Describing Policies for Service Profiles
  • Storage and Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) Policies
  • Boot and Scrub Policies, Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and Maintenance Policies
  • Describing Network-Specific Adapters and Policies, LAN, SAN Connectivity Controls, Virtual Access Layer,Connectivity Enhancements
  • Describing Templates in Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco UCS, Service Profile and Network Templates, Designing Data Center Automation
  • Model-Driven Programmability, Cisco NX-API Overview, Programmability Using Python, v, Use the Puppet Agent
  • LAB: Design Virtual Port Channels, Design First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP),Design Routing Protocols
  • LAB: Design Data Center Topology for a Customer,Design Data Center Interconnect Using Cisco OTV, Design Your VXLAN Network, Create a Cisco FEX Design
  • LAB: Design Management and Orchestration in a Cisco UCS Solution,Design a Fibre Channel Network, Design and Integrate an FCoE Solution,Design a Secure SAN
  • LAB: Design Cisco UCS Director for Storage Networking, Design a Cisco UCS Domain and Fabric Interconnect Cabling, Design a Cisco UCS C-Series Server Implementation
  • LAB: Design Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Network and Storage Connectivity, Design Systemwide Parameters in a Cisco UCS Solution, Design an LDAP Integration with a Cisco UCS Domain
  • LAB: Design Pools for Service Profiles in a Cisco UCS Solution, Design Network-Specific Adapters and Policies in a Cisco UCS Solution