Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)

The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge and skills you need to configure Cisco® data center technologies including: networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), automation, and cloud computing. You will get hands-on experience with configuring features on Cisco Nexus® Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) and Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®).


Objectives

This course will help you:

  • Prepare for entry-level job roles in the high-demand area of data center environments
  • Prepare for courses that support the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center certification exams
  • Gain knowledge and hands-on skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software


After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the foundations of data center networking
  • Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain the basic Cisco NX-OS functionalities and tools
  • Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
  • Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channel (VPCs)
  • Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and network virtualization
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe Fibre Channel communication between the initiator server and the target storage
  • Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Describe N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE
  • Describe data center server connectivity
  • Describe Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe the purpose and advantages of APIs
  • Describe Cisco ACI
  • Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing


Who should attend?

  • Data center administrators
  • Data center engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Server administrators
  • Network managers
  • Cisco integrators and partners


Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
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Course Outline

  • Describing the Data Center Network Architectures
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software
  • Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy
  • Describing Cisco FEX
  • Describing Port Channels and VPCs
  • Describing Switch Virtualization
  • Describing Machine Virtualization
  • Describing Network Virtualization
  • Introducing Basic Data Center Storage Concepts
  • Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage
  • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  • Describing FCoE
  • Describing Cisco UCS Components
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager
  • Using APIs
  • Describing Cisco ACI
  • Describing Cloud Computing