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Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center (CCNDC)

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Course Content

Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center (CCNDC) is a hands-on course that includes lecture by a Cisco subject matter expert and hands-on practice exercises that focus on designing and configuring a data center network to support a virtual computing environment (VCE). Using the Cisco Nexus® and MDS family of products, you will construct a highly available and modular network infrastructure that can be used to provide virtualized cloud-based services. You will learn about configuring the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series Switches as well as the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extenders into a scalable data center network. You will learn how to connect VMware vSphere ESX-based virtual machines to the data center infrastructure. Topics covered include the configuration of a data center unified fabric using both Fibre Channel and Fibre Channel over Ethernet as well as the configuration of VMware virtual switching to a Cisco Nexus based data center network. In addition, the lecture and labs will cover how to configure both VMware VMotion and Storage VMotion in the data center environment. You will also learn how to scale the data center Layer 2 environment using Cisco® FabricPath and Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV).
CCNDC is offered in a traditional classroom or as an interactive virtual live classroom training delivered over Cisco WebEx®. Both versions are led by the same knowledgeable instructors. The course materials are the same (although minor changes are made to accommodate the virtual live classroom environment), and both versions have the same hands-on labs. CCNDC virtual live classroom offers the same learning experience as the traditional version with the added benefit of remote access.

Who should attend

This session is intended for network or data center professionals who are involved in the design, implementation, or support of virtualized and/or cloud compute data centers.

Prerequisites

Following are the prerequisites for this course:

  • CCNA® level networking knowledge and experience configuring Cisco network routers and switches
  • Introductory-level understanding of data center architectures and virtualization concepts

Course Objectives

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

  • Describe current data center strategies such as cloud computing, virtualization, and unified fabric
  • Configure a modern end-to-end data center infrastructure using the Cisco Nexus 2000, 5000, and 7000 Series products to support a virtual computing environment
  • Configure a Cisco Nexus unified fabric data center network using Ethernet and Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Configure a Cisco MDS-based Fibre Channel data center storage area network
  • Connect VMware vSphere ESX-based virtual machines using redundant connections to a Cisco Nexus based unified data center fabric
  • Configure a data center network to enable virtual machine migration using VMware VMotion and Storage VMotion technologies
  • Scale the Layer 2 data center environment using Cisco FabricPath
  • Connect multiple data centers together using OTV

Detailed Course Outline

Module 1: Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center Transport Infrastructure

  • Determining the Elements of Proper Data Center Design
  • Selecting Hardware to Meet the Data Center Design Requirements
  • Performing Initial Device Setup and Software Configuration
  • Configuring and Verifying the Data Center Transport Infrastructure

Module 2: Configuring the Cisco Nexus Data Center for Virtual Machines

  • Connecting Virtualized Machines to the Network
  • Enabling the Storage Infrastructure
  • Verifying the End-to-End Virtual Computing Environment

Module 3: Scaling and Interconnecting the Cisco Nexus Data Center

  • Scaling the Data Center Using Cisco FabricPath

Lab Outline:

  • Lab 1: Managing the Cisco Nexus Hardware and Software Platforms
  • Lab 2: Creating a Virtual Network Device
  • Lab 3: Configuring and Verifying the Layer 2 Data Center Topology
  • Lab 4: Configuring and Verifying the Layer 3 Data Center Topology
  • Lab 5: Connecting Virtual Machines to the Network
  • Lab 6: Enabling the Storage Infrastructure
  • Lab 7: Verifying End-to-End Data Center Connectivity Using VMotion and Storage VMotion
  • Lab 8: Scaling the Data Center Using Cisco FabricPath
  • Lab 9: Connecting Multiple Data Centers Together Using OTV
Classroom Training

Duration 5 days

Price
  • United States: US$ 3,995
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 40 CLC
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Online Training

Duration 2 days

Price
  • United States: US$ 3,995
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 40 CLC
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