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DCICN 6.2 – Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking


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  • 5 Days Course
    Data Center Switching

    Classroom + Online

    Course Details


    Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2 prepares students for the Cisco CCNA Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles. The course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies, including data center networking concepts, data center storage networking, and data center physical infrastructure.


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    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Describe the OSI and TCP/IP models
    • 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 basic functionalities and tools of Cisco NX-OS
    • Describe VLANs and VSANS
    • Describe issues with STP
    • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
    • Describe Layer 3 first hop redundancy
    • Describe and configure user security features
    • Describe ACL object groups
    • Describe storage connectivity options in the Data Center
    • Describe Fibre Channel storage networking, zone types and their uses
    • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
    • Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect cluster
    • Describe the Cisco UCS Manager interfaces and components of a Cisco UCS server


    Module 1: Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication

    • Lesson 1: Describing Ethernet
    • Lesson 2: Describing OSI and TCP/IP Models
    • Lesson 3: Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
    • Lesson 4: Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
    • Lesson 5: Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer

    Module 2: Basic Data Center Networking Concepts

    • Lesson 1: Describing Data Center Network Architectures
    • Lesson 2: Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
    • Lesson 3: Implementing VLANs and Trunks
    • Lesson 4: Describing Redundant Switched Topologies

    Module 3: Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts

    • Lesson 1: Describing the Routing Process on Nexus Switches
    • Lesson 2: Describing Layer 3 First Hop Redundancy
    • Lesson 3: Describing AAA on Nexus Switches
    • Lesson 4: Describing ACLs on Nexus Switches

    Module 4: Basic Data Center Storage

    • Lesson 1: Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
    • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
    • Lesson 3: Describing VSANs

    Module 5: Advanced Data Center Storage

    • Lesson 1: Describing Communication Between Initiator and Target
    • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
    • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
    • Lesson 4: Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
    • Lesson 5: Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet

    Module 6: Cisco UCS Architecture

    • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
    • Lesson 2: Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
    • Lesson 3: Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces

    Target Audience

    • Data Center Engineer
    • Network Administrator
    • Network Engineer
    • System Administrator
    • Systems Engineer
    • Network Designer
    • Consulting Systems Engineer
    • Technical Solutions Architect


    It is recommended that a learner has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

    • Good understanding of networking protocols
    • Good understanding of the VMware environment
    • Basic computer literacy
    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
    • Basic Internet usage skills