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Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

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About this Course

The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies v6.0 course is a five-day instructor-led training (ILT) program that introduces you to Cisco technologies and products that are deployed in the data center: network virtualization, network technologies, unified computing, automation and orchestration, and the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI). The hands-on lab exercises focus on configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS), Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) and Cisco UCS Director.

Who should attend

  • Network engineer
  • Network designer
  • System administrator
  • Systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect


This course is part of the following Certifications:

Class Prerequisites

The learner is expected to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

What You Will Learn

  • Describe and configure Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center virtualization
  • Describe and configure Cisco data center networking
  • Describe and configure Cisco automation and orchestration
  • Describe and verify Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure

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Outline: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization

  • Control and management plane
  • Cisco NX-OS control plane policing
  • Data plane functionality
  • NX-OS virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) contexts
    • Layer 3 routing table
    • Management and default VRFs
    • VRF-Aware services
  • Virtual device contexts (VDC)
    • Architecture on 7000 series switch
    • CPU sharing
    • Scalability and communications
    • Default, Admin and storage VDCs
    • Management
    • Licensing
  • Overlay networks
  • Virtual extensible LAN
  • Generic routing encapsulation
  • Virtual machine components
  • Hypervisor
  • Virtual switch features
  • Virtual machine benefits
  • ESXi
  • vNetwork standard switch and operation
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V

Module 2: Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration [*] Deployment models

  • ToR
  • EoR
  • FEX

[*] FEX technology [*] Nexus 2000 series fabric extender [*] FEX VNTag [*] Deploying 2000 fabric extenders [*] Adapter FEX technology [*] Port channels [*] Virtual port channels (vPCs) [*] Supported Nexus 5000 and 7000 vPC topologies [*] Cisco Fabric path

  • Evolution
  • Benefits
  • Control plane
  • VLANs
  • Conversational MAC address learning

[*] Nexus unified port feature [*] Cisco Unified fabric [*] Flow control [*] Data center bridging (DCB) [*] FCoE [*] FCoE initialization protocol (FIP) [*] Fabric-provided MAC address[/list]

Module 3: Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)

  • UCS C-series
  • IMC overview
  • UCS B-Series
  • UCS 5100
  • UCS M-Series
  • IMC supervisor
  • UCS manager
  • UCS manager GUI
  • Role-based access control
  • UCS hardware abstraction
    • Benefits
    • Identity and resource pools
    • Universally unique identifier pools
    • MAC pools
    • WWNN pool
    • WWPN pool
    • Server pools
  • Service profile

Module 4: Data Center Automation and Orchestration

  • Utility of application programming interfaces (API)
  • XML
  • JSON
  • REST
  • NX-API
  • XMPP
  • Best API
  • DevOps model
  • Cloud computing
    • IT principles
    • Business needs
    • Characteristics
  • Cloud deployment models
    • Private
    • Public
    • Hybrid
    • Community
  • Cloud service models
    • IaaS
    • PaaS
    • SaaS
    • Xaas
  • UCS Director features and capabilities
  • UCS Director deployment models
  • VDCs, tenants and policies
  • UCS Director Orchestrator
  • UCS Director Catalog
  • UCS Director CloudSense

Module 5: Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI)

  • Overview
  • Host routing
  • ACI logical model constructs
  • Endpoint Group (EPG) mapping
  • Policy enforcement
  • ACI Fabric L4-L7 service chaining
  • Nexus 9000 product family for ACI
  • IS-IS Fabric infrastructure routing
  • VNID
  • ARP flooding
  • FTags
  • ACI programmability
  • Fabric object tree (dMIT) queries
  • Python programmability tools
  • OpenStack orchestration


  • Connect to Cisco Nexus Series Switches Using SSH
  • Configure VRFs
  • Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
  • Install VMware ESXi on UCS C-Series Rack Server
  • Install VMware vCenter Server Appliance
  • Install Cisco Virtual Switch Update Manager
  • Install Cisco Nexus 1000V with VSUM
  • Configure a Port Group in the DVS
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extender
  • Configure Virtual Port Channels
  • Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
  • Configure Cisco FabricPath
  • Configure Unified Ports on Cisco Nexus Switch
  • Implement FCoE
  • Install and Configure the Cisco IMC Supervisor
  • Navigate the Cisco UCS Manager GUI Interfaces
  • Configure Local RBAC
  • Configure Pools
  • Configure a Service Profile Template
  • Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  • Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
  • Configure Cisco UCS Manager with the Postman REST Plugin for Google Chrome
  • Install and Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  • Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
  • Customize Cisco UCS Director
  • Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
  • Create Policies and VDCs
  • Create a Catalog and Provision a VM Using the Self-Service Portal
  • Explore Cisco UCS Director Built-In Reports
  • View Chargeback and Reports
Classroom Training

Duration 5 days

  • United States: US$ 4,495
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 45 CLC
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Online Training

Duration 5 days

  • United States: US$ 4,495
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 45 CLC
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