Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v6.0



In this course, you will learn about designing data centers with Cisco components and technologies. The course covers network designs with virtualization, Layer 2 and Layer 3 technologies, routing protocols, and data center interconnect design options. Also covered are device virtualization technologies such as virtual data centers and network function virtualization with virtual appliances including virtual switches, virtual routers, and virtual firewalls. Storage and SAN design is covered, with explanation of Fibre Channel networks and Cisco Unified Fabric. Design practices for the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers and Cisco UCS Manager are also covered. Network management technologies include UCS Manager, Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager, and Cisco UCS Director.


  • Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers
  • Data center engineers and managers
  • Program and project managers
  • System engineers and managers

Learning Objectives

  • Layer 2 switching and Layer 3 forwarding in a data center, including cabling and rack design for the access, aggregation, and core layers
  • Design vPC, Cisco FabricPath, OTV, and LISP in customer scenarios and describe management options in the LAN
  • Hardware virtualization and FEX technologies
  • Compare the Cisco Nexus 1000v with VMFEX designs
  • Data center security threats and Cisco Virtual Application Container Services for IaaS
  • Management and automation options for the data center infrastructure
  • Storage and RAID options
  • Fibre Channel and its architecture
  • Design Fibre Channel and FCoE networks along with management options
  • Cisco UCS C-Series, M-Series
  • Cisco B-Series servers with connectivity and adapter options
  • Design the resource parameters for a UCS domain

1. Data Center Network Connectivity Design

  • High Availability on Layer 2
  • Layer 3 Forwarding
  • Data Center Topologies
  • Data Center Interconnects with Cisco OTV
  • LISP Solution

2. Data Center Infrastructure Design

  • Hardware and Device Virtualization
  • FEX Options
  • Virtual Networking
  • Basic Data Center Security
  • Advanced Data Center Security
  • Virtual Appliances
  • Management and Orchestration

3. Data Center Storage Network Design

  • Storage and RAID Options
  • Fibre Channel Concepts
  • Fibre Channel Topologies
  • FCoE
  • Storage Security
  • Management and Orchestration

4. Data Center Compute Connectivity Design

  • Cisco UCS C-Series Servers and Use Cases
  • Cisco UCS M-Series Servers and Use Cases
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Servers and Use Cases
  • Fabric Interconnect Connectivity
  • Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems
  • Management Systems
  • Hadoop, SAP Hana, and IoT on Cisco UCS

5. Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design

  • System-Wide Parameters
  • RBAC
  • Pools for Service Profiles
  • Policies for Service Profiles
  • Network Specific Adapters and Policies
  • Templates in Cisco UCS Manager