Cisco DCUFD – Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

In this course you will learn how to design scalable, reliable and intelligent data ceter unified fabric and virtualization solution based on Cisco Fabric Extenders, Fibre Channle over Ethernet (FCoE), Cisco FabricPath and equipment and link virtualization technologies.

Who needs to attend

Who needs to attend?
This course is aimed at data center designers, data center administrators and system engineers, data center engineers and managrs, program and project managers.

what you will learn

What you will learn

Upon completion you will know :

  • Evaluate the data center solution design and design process regarding contemporary data center challenges, Cisco Data Center Architecture solution, and components
  • Technologies used in data centers, scalability implications, and their possible use in cloud environments
  • Design data center connections and topologies in the core layer
  • 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 services
  • Design data center management to facilitate monitoring, managing, and provisioning of data center equipment and applications


Students need to have:

  • CCNA Data Center
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Cisco Nexus product family courses
  • Knowledge that is covered in the DESGN – Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions course
Course outline

Course Outline

1. Cisco Data Center Solutions
Defining the Data Center
Categorizing general data center solution components
Baseline technology and terminology used in data center solutions
Analyzing business, technical, and environmental challenges
Recognizing the cloud computing paradigm, terms, and concepts
Recognizing the importance of virtualization technologies and solutions for data center evolution
Identifying the Cisco Data Center Solution
Evaluating the Cisco Data Center architectural framework
Evaluating the Cisco Data Center architectural framework network component
Evaluating the Cisco Data Center architectural framework storage component
Designing the Cisco Data Center Solution
Design process for the CiscData Center solution
Assessing the deliverables of the Cisco Data Center solution
Cisco Validated Designs
2. Data Center Technologies
Designing Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switching
Hardware-forwarding architectures
IP addressing considerations and IP routing technologies
Virtualizing Data Center Components
Device virtualization mechanisms
Designing virtualized solutions using VDCs
Designing virtualized services using contexts on firewalling and load-balancing devices
Designing virtualized services using virtual appliances
Designing Layer 2 Multipathing Technologies
Link virtualization technologies that allow for scaling of the network
Designing solutions using vPCs and MEC
Designing solutions using Cisco FabricPath
3. Data Center Topologies
Designing the Data Center Core Layer Network
Need for the data center core layer
Designing a Layer 3 data center core layer
Designing a Layer 2 data center core layer
Evaluating designs using data center collapsed core
Designing the Data Center Aggregation Layer
Classical aggregation layer designs
Designing the aggregation layer with VDCs
Designing the aggregation layer using Cisco Unified Fabric
Designing the aggregation layer with IP storage-related specifics in mind
Designing the Data Center Access Layer
Classic access layer designs and design issues
Designing the access layer with vPC and MEC
Designing the access layer with FEXs
Designing the access layer with Cisco Unified Fabric
Designing the Data Center Virtualized Access Layer
Virtual access layer
Virtual access layer solutions within virtual machine hosts
Designing solutions with Cisco Adapter FEX
Designing solutions with Cisco VM-FEX
Designing solutions with the Cisco Nexus 1000V switch
Designing High Availability
Designing high availability for IP-based services
Designing high availability by implementing link aggregation
Designing high availability of services using IP routing and FHRPs
Providing high availability with RHI
Designing high availability of services using LISP
Designing Data Center Interconnects
Reasons for data center interconnects
Data center interconnect technologies
Designing data center interconnects using Cisco OTV
Storage replication technologies
4. Data Center Storage
Introducing SAN
Data storage and Fibre Channel basic terms
Fibre Channel basic concepts
Fibre Channel flow control mechanisms
Designing SAN
Explore different storage designs and topologies
Designing SANs using Cisco best practices and Cisco Validated Designs
Designing scalable SANs with provisions for multitenancy
Designing Unified Fabric
Flow control when using FCoE
Using FIP
Different design options with unified fabric networks
Designing unified fabric deployments with FEXs
Designing SAN Services
Need for SAN-based Fibre Channel services
Designing SAN-based Fibre Channel services
SAN replication
Designing long-distance Fibre Channel interconnects
Presenting design examples and use cases for various SAN long-distance acceleration solutions
5. Data Center Security
Designing Data Center Application Security
Need for data center security technologies
Characteristics of firewalls
Positioning security appliances within data center networks
Designing secure communication on multiple layers
Designing Link Security Technologies and Device Hardening
Design requirements for Cisco TrustSec
Device-hardening technologies
Designing secure management networks
Designing Storage Security
Designing secure SANs
Security solutions for data encryption
Outline security implications for IP-based storage
6. Data Center Application Services
Designing Data Center Application Architecture
Application architecture and design
Application tiering
Application optimization technologies
Designing Application Services
Server load-balancing technologies
Adding application services to an existing data center
Designing secure application load-balancing solutions
Designing Global Load Balancing
Need for GSLB
Designing a GSLB solution
Protocols that are used for site selection and site monitoring
Site selection process
7. Data Center Management
Designing Data Center Management Solutions
Need for network management
Cisco Data Center management products
Scalability limitations
Secure management in multitenant environments

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Certification programs
CCNP Data Center
Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Design Specialist