Author: Chris Wahl
This course is focused on how networks work in addition to the use of Nexus for routing and VLANs. It will help you prepare for the 640-911 DCICN exam.
Learn the essentials of Cisco Data Center Networking and prepare for the 640-911 certification exam, the first of two exams leading to the Cisco Certified Network Associate - Data Center (CCNA DC) certification. This exam aims to test a candidate's ability to handle a number of practical activities in a Nexus based networking environment, including access control, routing, and IP addressing. Any experience working with a Nexus or IOS based network would be valuable, but the course is focused on bringing an introductory level of knowledge to any level of candidate.
This series focuses on Cisco's 640-916 DCICT exam, which places an emphasis on data centers and system unification.
The CCNA Data Center covers a wide range of technologies found in the data center. In this course, we dive deep into LAN architecture with the Cisco Nexus line of switches, their specific use cases, and how to perform initial setup and configuration. We'll also look at advanced switching techniques, such as Virtual Port Channels, FabricPath, and Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs). Finally, we'll switch gears and focus on Storage Area Network (SAN) design and implementation with the Cisco MDS line of switches, including port types, Virtual SAN (VSAN), zoning, masking, and Fabric Login (FLOGI).
The CCNA Data Center covers a wide range of technologies found in the data center. In this course, we dive deep into the concepts of unified fabric with the FCoE protocol, along with complimentary technologies found in the data center bridging extensions such as Priority-based Flow Control (PFC) and Enhanced Transmission Selection (ETS). We'll then move on to the Cisco UCS platform, spending time reviewing the products and solutions within the UCS stack, while also taking the time to do a full initial setup and configuration in the lab. Finally, we'll go over the Nexus 1000v switch - including an install and configure lab - and how virtualization impacts the data center.
No prerequisites are suggested, but we recommend that you have a fundamental knowledge of computers and networking.