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DCUFD v5.0 - Designing Cisco® Data Center Unified Fabric **Part of the CCNP Data Center certification track**

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DCUFD v5.0 - Designing Cisco® Data Center Unified Fabric **Part of the CCNP Data Center certification track** Course Outline

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The Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0 is a five-day instructor-led course aimed at providing data center designers with the knowledge and skills needed to design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center unified fabrics, and virtualization solutions based on the Cisco Fabric Extenders (FEXs), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Cisco FabricPath, and equipment and link virtualization technologies.

The course describes the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solutions, and explains how to evaluate existing data center infrastructure, determine the requirements, and design the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solution based on Cisco products and technologies.

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
Evaluate the data center solution design and design process regarding contemporary data center challenges, Cisco Data Center Architecture solution, and components
Provide a comprehensive and detailed overview of technologies used in data centers, and describe scalability implications and their possible use in cloud environments
Design data center connections and topologies in the core layer
Explain and design data center storage designs, solutions, and limitations of various storage technologies
Design secure data centers that are protected from application-based threats, network security threats, and physical security threats
Design data center infrastructure that is required to implement network-based application services
Design data center management to facilitate monitoring, managing, and provisioning of data center equipment and applications

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
CCNA Data Center certification
Knowledge that is covered in the Cisco Nexus product family courses
Knowledge that is covered in the Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) course
Knowledge that is covered in the Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (DCSNS) course

Who Should Attend
The primary audience for this course is as follows:
Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
Data center engineers and managers

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:
Program and project managers

Course Outline

Course Introduction
Course Goal and Objectives
Course Flow
Additional References
Your Training Curriculum

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Solutions
Lesson 1: Defining the Data Center
Categorize general data center solution components
Define the baseline technology and terminology used in data center solutions
Analyze business, technical, and environmental challenges
Recognize the cloud computing paradigm, terms, and concepts
Recognize the importance of virtualization technologies and solutions for data center evolution
Lesson 2: Identifying the 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
Lesson 3: Designing the Cisco Data Center Solution
Describe the design process for the Cisco Data Center solution
Assess the deliverables of the Cisco Data Center solution
Describe Cisco Validated Designs

Module 2: Data Center Technologies
Lesson 1: Designing Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switching
Understand and explain hardware-forwarding architectures
Describe IP addressing considerations and IP routing technologies
Lesson 2: 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
Lesson 3: Designing Layer 2 Multipathing Technologies
Explain link virtualization technologies that allow for scaling of the network
Design solutions using vPCs and MEC
Design solutions using Cisco FabricPath

Module 3: Data Center Topologies
Lesson 1: Designing the 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
Lesson 2: Designing the Data Center Aggregation Layer
Describe classical aggregation layer designs
Design the aggregation layer with VDCs
Design the aggregation layer using Cisco Unified Fabric
Design the aggregation layer with IP storage-related specifics in mind
Lesson 3: Designing the Data Center Access Layer
Describe the classic 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 Cisco Unified Fabric
Lesson 4: Designing the Data Center Virtualized Access Layer
Define the virtual access layer
Describe the virtual access layer solutions within virtual machine hosts
Design solutions with Cisco Adapter FEX
Design solutions with Cisco VM-FEX
Design solutions with the Cisco Nexus 1000V switch
Lesson 5: 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
Lesson 6: Designing Data Center Interconnects
Identify the reasons for data center interconnects
Describe data center interconnect technologies
Design data center interconnects using Cisco OTV
Describe storage replication technologies

Module 4: Data Center Storage
Lesson 1: Introducing SAN
Explain data storage and Fibre Channel basic terms
Explain Fibre Channel basic concepts
Explain Fibre Channel flow control mechanisms
Lesson 2: Designing SAN
Explain different storage designs and topologies
Design SANs using Cisco best practices and Cisco Validated Designs
Design scalable SANs with provisions for multitenancy
Lesson 3: 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 FEXs
Lesson 4: 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
Lesson 1: 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
Lesson 2: Designing Link Security Technologies and Device Hardening
Identify design requirements for Cisco TrustSec
Describe device-hardening technologies
Design secure management networks
Lesson 3: Designing Storage Security
Design secure SANs
Explain security solutions for data encryption
Outline security implications for IP-based storage

Module 6: Data Center Application Services
Lesson 1: Designing Data Center Application Architecture
Explain application architecture and design
Explain application tiering
Explain application optimization technologies
Lesson 2: Designing Application Services
Explain server load-balancing technologies
Add application services to an existing data center
Explain contexts
Design secure application load-balancing solutions
Lesson 3: Designing Global Load Balancing
Explain the need for GSLB
Design a GSLB solution
Explain protocols that are used for site selection and site monitoring
Explain the site selection process

Module 7: Data Center Management
Lesson 1: Designing Data Center Management Solutions
Describe the need for network management
Describe Cisco Data Center management products
Describe scalability limitations
Secure management in multitenant environments

Lab Outline
Case Study 1-1: Design a Migration to vPC
Lab 1-2: Become Familiar with the Lab Equipment
Lab 3-1: Explore VDCs
Lab 3-2: Examine vPC
Lab 3-3: Explore Cisco FabricPath
Lab 3-4: Connect FEXs
Lab 3-5: Interconnect Data Centers with Cisco OTV
Case Study 3-6: Design VLAN Extension
Case Study 4-1: Design Cisco Unified Fabric
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