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Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD)

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Module 1 Cisco Data Center Solutions
  • Identifying Data Center
    • Categorize general data center solution components
    • Define the baseline technology and terminology used in the data center solutions
    • Analyze business, technical, and environmental challenges
    • Recognize cloud computing paradigm, terms, and concepts
    • Recognize the importance of virtualization technologies and solutions for data center evolution
  • Identifying Cisco Data Center Solution
    • Evaluate the Cisco data center architectural framework
    • Evaluate the Cisco data center architectural framework network component
    • Evaluate the Cisco data center architectural framework storage component
  • Defining Cisco Data Center Solution Design
    • Describe the design process for the Cisco Unified Computing solution
    • Assess the deliverables of the Cisco Unified Computing System solution
Module 2 Data Center Technologies
  • Designing Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switching
    • Understand and explain hardware forwarding architectures
    • Describe IP addressing considerations and IP routing technologies
  • Virtualizing Data Center Components
    • Identify device virtualization mechanisms
    • Design virtualized solutions using VDCs
    • Design virtualized services using contexts on firewalling and load-balancing devices
    • Design virtualized services using virtual appliances
  • Designing Layer 2 Multi-Pathing Technologies
    • Explain link virtualization technologies that allow for scaling of the network
    • Design solutions using vPCs and MEC
    • Design solutions using FabricPath
Module 3 Data Center Topologies
  • Designing Data Center Core Layer Network
    • Identify the need for the data center core layer
    • Design a Layer 3 data center core layer
    • Design a Layer 2 data center core layer
    • Evaluate designs using data center collapsed core
  • Designing Data Center Aggregation Layer
    • Describe classical aggregation layer designs
    • Design the aggregation layer with VDCs
    • Design the aggregation layer when using unified fabric
    • Design the aggregation layer with IP storage-related specifics in mind
  • Designing Data Center Access Layer
    • Describe the classical access layer designs and design issues
    • Design the access layer with vPC and MEC
    • Design the access layer with FEXs
    • Design the access layer with unified fabric
  • Designing Data Center Virtualized Access Layer
    • Define the virtual access layer
    • Describe the virtual access layer solutions within virtual machine hosts
    • Design solutions with adapter FEX
    • Design solutions with VM-FEX
    • Design solutions with Cisco Nexus 1000V switch
  • Designing High Availability
    • Design high availability for IP-based services
    • Design high availability by implementing link aggregation
    • Design high availability of services using IP routing and FHRPs
    • Provide high availability with RHI
    • Design high availability of services using LISP
  • Designing Data Center Interconnects
    • Identify the reasons for data center interconnects
    • Describe data center interconnect technologies
    • Design data center interconnects using OTV
    • Describe storage replication technologies
Module 4 Data Center Storage
  • Introducing Storage Area Networking
    • List data storage and Fibre Channel basic terms
    • Explain Fibre Channel basic concepts
    • Explain Fibre Channel flow control mechanisms
  • Designing SAN
    • Explain different storage designs and topologies
    • Design SANs using Cisco best practices and CVDs
    • Design scalable SANs with provisions for multi-tenancy
  • Designing Unified Fabric
    • Explain flow control when using FCoE
    • Explain the use of FIP
    • Describe different design options with unified fabric networks
    • Design unified fabric deployments with fabric extenders
  • Designing SAN Services
    • Identify the need for SAN-based Fibre Channel services
    • Design SAN-based Fibre Channel services
    • Explain SAN replication
    • Design long-distance Fibre Channel interconnects
    • Present design examples and use cases for various SAN long-distance acceleration solutions
Module 5 Data Center Security
  • Designing Data Center Application Security
    • Identify the need for data center security technologies
    • Describe characteristics of firewalls
    • Position security appliances within data center networks
    • Design secure communication on multiple layers
  • Designing Link Security Technologies and Device Hardening
    • Identify design requirements for TrustSec
    • Describe device hardening technologies
    • Design secure management networks
  • Designing Storage Security
    • Design secure SANs
    • List security solutions for data encryption
    • Outline security implications for IP-based storage
Module 6 Data Center Application Services
  • Designing Data Center Application Architecture
    • Present application architecture and design
    • Explain application tiering
    • Explain application optimization technologies
  • Designing Application Services
    • Explain server load-balancing technologies
    • Add application services to an existing data center
    • Explain contexts
    • Design secure application load balancing solutions
  • Designing Global Load Balancing
    • Explain the need for global load balancing
    • Design a global load balancing solution
    • Explain protocols used for site selection and site monitoring
    • Explain the site selection process
Module 7 Data Center Management
  • Designing Data Center Management Solutions
    • Describe the need for network management
    • Present Cisco data center management products
    • Describe scalability limitations
    • Secure management in multi-tenant environments
Course Labs and Case Studies
  • Case Study 1-1: Design a Migration to vPC
  • Lab 1-2: Familiarize with the Lab Equipment
  • Lab 3-1: Explore VDCs
  • Lab 3-2: Examine vPC
  • Lab 3-3: Explore FabricPath
  • Lab 3-4: Connect FEXs
  • Lab 3-5: Interconnect Data Centers with OTV
  • Case Study 3-6: Design VLAN Extension
  • Case Study 4-1: Design Unified Fabric