Nexus ID-BC - Nexus Implementation and Design Boot Camp



If you already understand the basics of Cisco's Nexus switch architecture and want to complete a Cisco Data Center Nexus-based certification, then this is the course for you. This course is entirely focused on giving you as much clarity and foundation as possible to prepare for the DCUFI and DCUFD exams, all in a five-day period.

You will acquire knowledge and hands-on experience about the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, and manage the Cisco Nexus 7000, 5000, and 2000 Series switches and MDS Series switches in the network and SAN environment.

In this boot camp, you will receive:

  • Free exam voucher for DCUFI 5.0
  • Free exam voucher for DCUFD 5.0


  • Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers
  • Data center engineers and managers
  • Program and project managers
  • Systems and field engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series fabric extenders


  • CCNA Data Center certification is recommended
  • Understanding of and experience with the Fibre Channel protocol and the SAN environment
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Cisco Nexus product family courses

Learning Objectives

  • Cisco Unified Fabric products in a Cisco data center network architecture
  • Select and configure the distinctive Cisco Nexus series switch features to meet the implementation requirements and expectations in the Cisco data center architecture
  • Configure advanced features, such as Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP), security, and quality of service (QoS)
  • Management tools available for the Cisco Nexus switches and how to configure the relevant management tool to support the given design
  • Fibre Channel protocol, the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol, and the Data Center Bridging (DCB) enhancements
  • Configure FCoE on the Cisco Nexus 5000, Nexus 7000, MDS Series, and Nexus 5500 Series switches
  • Evaluate the data center solution design and design process regarding contemporary data center challenges, Cisco data center architecture solution, and components
  • Technologies used in data centers, scalability implications, and their possible use in cloud environments
  • Design data center connections and topologies in the core layer
  • 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

1. Cisco Nexus Product

  • Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
  • Cisco Nexus Products

2. Cisco Nexus Switch Feature Configuration

  • High Availability and Redundancy
  • Configuring Virtual Device Contexts
  • Layer 2 Switching Features
  • Configuring Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels (vPC)
  • Implementing Cisco FabricPath
  • Configuring Layer 3 Switching Features
  • Configuring IP Multicast

3. Cisco Nexus Switch Advanced Feature Configuration

  • Cisco OTV
  • Configuring MPLS
  • Configuring LISP
  • Configuring QoS
  • Configuring Security Features

4. Cisco Nexus Storage Features

  • Fibre Channel Protocol
  • FCoE Protocol
  • DCB Enhancements
  • Configuring FCoE
  • Configuring SAN Switching Features
  • Configuring N-Port Virtualization (NPV) Mode
  • Using SAN Management Tools

5. Cisco Data Center Solutions

  • Defining the Data Center
    • Categorizing general data center solution components
    • Baseline technology and terminology used in data center solutions
    • Analyzing business, technical, and environmental challenges
    • Recognizing the cloud computing paradigm, terms, and concepts
    • Recognizing the importance of virtualization technologies and solutions for data center evolution
  • Identifying the Cisco Data Center Solution
    • Evaluating the Cisco Data Center architectural framework
    • Evaluating the Cisco Data Center architectural framework network component
    • Evaluating the Cisco Data Center architectural framework storage component
  • Designing the Cisco Data Center Solution
    • Design process for the Cisco Data Center solution
    • Assessing the deliverables of the Cisco Data Center solution
    • Cisco Validated Designs

6. Data Center Storage

  • Introducing SAN
    • Data storage and Fibre Channel basic terms
    • Fibre Channel basic concepts
    • Fibre Channel flow control mechanisms
  • Designing SAN
    • Explore different storage designs and topologies
    • Designing SANs using Cisco best practices and Cisco Validated Designs
    • Designing scalable SANs with provisions for multitenancy
  • Designing Unified Fabric
    • Flow control when using FCoE
    • Using FIP
    • Different design options with unified fabric networks
    • Designing unified fabric deployments with FEXs
  • Designing SAN Services
    • Need for SAN-based Fibre Channel services
    • Designing SAN-based Fibre Channel services
    • SAN replication
    • Designing long-distance Fibre Channel interconnects
    • Presenting design examples and use cases for various SAN long-distance acceleration solutions

7. Data Center Security

  • Designing Data Center Application Security
    • Need for data center security technologies
    • Characteristics of firewalls
    • Positioning security appliances within data center networks
    • Designing secure communication on multiple layers
  • Designing Link Security Technologies and Device Hardening
    • Design requirements for Cisco TrustSec
    • Device-hardening technologies
    • Designing secure management networks
  • Designing Storage Security
    • Designing secure SANs
    • Security solutions for data encryption
    • Outline security implications for IP-based storage

8. Data Center Application Services

  • Designing Data Center Application Architecture
    • Application architecture and design
    • Application tiering
    • Application optimization technologies
  • Designing Application Services
    • Server load-balancing technologies
    • Adding application services to an existing data center
    • Contexts
    • Designing secure application load-balancing solutions
  • Designing Global Load Balancing
    • Need for GSLB
    • Designing a GSLB solution
    • Protocols that are used for site selection and site monitoring
    • Site selection process

9. Data Center Management

  • Designing Data Center Management Solutions
    • Need for network management
    • Cisco Data Center management products
    • Scalability limitations
    • Secure management in multitenant environments