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Velisa Africa is the official Global Knowledge partner in Sub-Saharan Africa. Course details : http://www.globalknowledge.ae/courses/cisco/data_center/dcufd.html

This 5 day course focuses on the knowledge and skills required to design a data center network architecture using Cisco’s high-end switching portfolio, architectural components of Cisco Nexus and Cisco Catalyst switching lines, Cisco IOS and NX-OS software architecture, either as an Ethernet-only data center, or as a data center using unified fabric. Features of these data center class platforms ranging from continuous operation, resiliency, and virtualization to power efficiency and management are also reviewed.

There are a number of service modules and line cards available for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches and Cisco ASA 5500 Adaptive Security Appliances and whilst it is not possible to cover all of these in depth, the Cisco Application Networking Services (ANS) portfolio, including ACE module and ACE appliance are covered.


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Cisco CCDA® certification: DESGN required

Data Center Design Fundamentals

  • Data Center Overview
  • Cisco Data Center Business Advantage
  • Designing Data Center Solutions

Data Center Network Infrastructure

  • Cisco Catalyst Series Switches
  • Cisco Nexus Series Switches
  • Cisco Data Center Security Products
  • Cisco Data Center Application Services Products
  • Cisco SAN Products
  • Cisco Computing, Desktop, and Solution Products
  • Cisco Data Center Network Management

Data Center Network Virtualization Principles

  • Device Virtualization
  • Network Virtualization
  • Fabric Virtualization
  • Data Center Standards and Trends

Design Data Center Topologies

  • Designing Data Center Topologies
  • Designing Data Center Topologies using FEX
  • Designing Data Center Interconnects

Design Data Center Services and Security

  • Designing Data Center IP Services
  • Designing Data Center Application Services
  • Designing Data Center Security

Data Center Standards

  • Data Center Sizing


  • Lab 2-1: Discover Network Infrastructure Topology (Instructor Demonstration)
  • Lab 3-1: Explore Cisco Nexus 7000 Series Switch VDC
  • Lab 3-2: Explore Fabric Virtualization
  • Lab 4-1: Design Data Center Topology with vPC and FEX (Instructor Demonstration)
  • Lab 4-2: Design DCI with OTV
  • Lab 5-1: Designing Layer 3 High Availability

After you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the data center network architecture design basics, challenges, and environmental requirements
  • Describe the Cisco data center network equipment
  • Explain virtualization principles used in data center networks
  • Explain server virtualization concepts
  • Design data center services and security
  • List data center standards, trends, and sizing guidelines

This course is designed for Network designers and architects, data center network administrators, and system engineers involved in the design and implementaion of a Data Center. This course is also required for Channel Partners looking to achieve Cisco Data Center Architecture

Recommended preparation for exam :

  • 642-991 – Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Solutions Design (Exam available 24/10/11)

Delegates looking to achieve the Cisco DataCenter Networking Infrastructure Design Specialist Certification can take the DCNID exam 642-971 exam instead up until the 30/12/11

Follow on Courses

Delegates looking for Knowledge on designing a Data Center with the UCS should consider the DCUCD course

Further Information

Cisco Specialist Certifications are valid for two years. To recertify, take and pass the current version of the required exam(s) or pass a current CCIE or CCDE written exam.

For more information please contact us:

Enquiries in Johannesburg and Cape Town : pauli@velisaafrica.co.za

International Enquiries : hema.chugh@globalknowledge.ae

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