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Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations

The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.1 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge and skills you need to configure Cisco® data center technologies including networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI), automation and cloud computing. You will get hands-on experience configuring features on Cisco Nexus Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) and Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS). This course also earns you 30 Continuing Education (CE) credits towards recertification.

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Description

This course does not lead directly to a certification exam, but it does cover foundational knowledge that can help you prepare for several CCNP and other professional-level data center courses and exams:

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR)
Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)
Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT)
Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI)
Implementing Cisco NX-OS Switches and Fabrics in the Data Center (DCNX)

This course will help you:

Prepare for entry-level job roles in the high-demand area of data center environments
Prepare for courses that support the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center certification exams
Gain knowledge and hands-on skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software
Earn 30 CE credits toward recertification
Who should attend
Data center administrators
Data center engineers
Systems engineers
Server administrators
Network managers
Cisco integrators and partners
Prerequisites
To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

Good understanding of networking protocols
Good understanding of the VMware environment
Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:

Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA®)
Course Objectives
After taking this course, you should be able to:

Describe the foundations of data center networking
Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain the basic Cisco NX-OS functionalities and tools
Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channel (VPCs)
Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and network virtualization
Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
Describe Fibre Channel communication between the initiator server and the target storage
Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
Describe N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE
Describe data center server connectivity
Describe Cisco UCS Manager
Describe the purpose and advantages of APIs
Describe Cisco ACI
Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing
Outline: Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)
Describing the Data Center Network Architectures

Cisco Data Center Architecture Overview
Three-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software

Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Overview
Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy

Default Gateway Redundancy
Hot Standby Router Protocol
Describing Port Channels and vPCs

Ethernet Port Channels
Virtual Port Channels
Describing Switch Virtualization

Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components
Virtual Routing and Forwarding
Describing Machine Virtualization

Virtual Machines
Hypervisor
Describing Network Virtualization

Overlay Network Protocols
VXLAN Overlay
Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts

Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
Fibre Channel Storage Networking
Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage

Fibre Channel Layered Model
FLOGI Process
Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses

Fibre Channel Zoning
Zoning Configuration
Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV

Cisco NPV Mode
NPIV Mode
Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements

IEEE Data Center Bridging
Priority Flow Control
Describing FCoE

Cisco Unified Fabric
FCoE Architecture
Describing Cisco UCS Components

Physical Cisco UCS Components
Cisco Fabric Interconnect Product Overview
Describing Cisco UCS Manager

Cisco UCS Manager Overview
Identity and Resource Pools for Hardware Abstraction
Using APIs

Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
How to Choose Models and Processes
Automating the Data Center

Describing Cisco ACI

Cisco ACI Overview
Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI
Describing Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing Overview
Cloud Deployment Models

Additional information

Dates February 13, 2023