CCNA Data Center Training & Certification Course


CCNA Data Center certification provides the confidence and nimbleness you need to install, configure, and maintain data center technology. Gain grounding in data center infrastructure, data center networking concepts and technologies, storage networking, unified computing, network virtualization, data center automation and orchestration, and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).The CCNA Data Center v6.0 certification course will cover topics like network virtualization, data center automation, storage networking, and provide you the knowledge on data center infrastructure.


  • Network Designer
  • Server Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect



Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
The course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies including network protocols and host-to-host communication, data center networking concepts and technologies, data center storage networking, and Cisco UCS architecture.

Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)
CCNA Data Center Training & Certification Course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies including data center network virtualization, unified computing, data center automation and orchestration, and Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI).


There are no formal pre-requisites

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CCNP Data Center

Full Description

 Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2

Course details


After taking this course, you should be able to:

  •  Describe the characteristics and benefits of the Ethernet protocol
  •  List Ethernet standardization
  •  Describe the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models
  •  Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing
  •  Describe the packet delivery process
  •  Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model
  •  Examine the Cisco data center network architectures, the 2- and 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design
  •  Describe Cisco Nexus® products and explain the basic functionalities and tools of Cisco NXOS
  •  Describe issues with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  •  Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  •  Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  •  Describe and configure user security features
  •  Describe Access Control List (ACL) object groups
  •  Describe storage connectivity options in the data center
  •  Compare SCSI over IP (iSCSI), Fibre Channel, and Network-Attached Storage (NAS) connectivity for remote server storage
  •  Describe Fibre Channel storage networking, VLANs, VSANs, N-Port Virtualization (NPV), and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  •  Describe communication between the initiator and target
  •  Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  •  Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  •  Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  •  Describe the components of a Cisco UCS server
  •  Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a fabric interconnect cluster
  •  Describe the Cisco UCS Manager interfaces



  •  Good understanding of networking protocols
  •  Good understanding of the VMware environment
  •  Basic computer literacy
  •  Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system
  •  Basic Internet skills



  •  Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication
  1.  Describing Ethernet o Describing the OSI and TCP/IP Models
  2.  Describing IPv4 and IPv6 Network Layer Addressing
  3.  Describing Packet Delivery on a Hierarchical Network
  4.  Describing the TCP/IP Transport Layer
  •  Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
  1.  Describing Data Center Network Architectures
  2.  Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and NX-OS
  3.  Implementing VLANs and Trunks
  4.  Describing Redundant Switched Topologies
  •  Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
  1.  Describing the Routing Process on Cisco Nexus Switches
  2.  Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy
  3.  Describing AAA on Cisco Nexus Switches
  4.  Describing ACLs on Cisco Nexus Switches
  5.  Basic Data Center Storage
  6.  Describing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center
  7.  Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  8.  Describing VSANS
  •  Advanced-Data Center Storage
  1.  Describing Communications Between Initiator and Target
  2.  Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  3.  Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  4.  Describing Data Center Ethernet Enhancements
  5.  Describing Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  •  Cisco UCS Architecture
  1.  Describing Cisco UCS Server Hardware Components
  2.  Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity for a Fabric Interconnect Cluster
  3.  Describing the Cisco UCS Manager Interfaces


Lab outline

  •  Explore IPv4 and IPv6 Addressing
  •  Explore LAN Communication
  •  Explore Protocol Analysis
  •  Explore TCP and UDP Communication
  •  Explore the Cisco NX-OS Command-Line Interface
  •  Explore Topology Discovery and Documentation
  •  Implement VLANs and Trunks
  •  Map a Spanning Tree and Configure Port Channels
  •  Implement Multilayer Switching
  •  Configure OSPF
  •  Configure EIGRP
  •  Configure HSRP
  •  Configure AAA and Secure Remote Administration
  •  Configure ACLs
  •  Configure VSANs
  •  Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  •  Configure Zoning
  •  Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI


Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.2

Course details


 After taking this course, you should be able to:

  •  Describe switch virtualization
  •  Describe machine virtualization
  •  Describe network virtualization, including overlays, virtual switches, and the Cisco Nexus® 1000V solution
  •  Describe Cisco FabricPath
  •  Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
  •  Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual Port Channels (vPCs)
  •  Describe Cisco Unified Fabric
  •  Identify Cisco UCS components
  •  Describe the Cisco UCS organizational hierarchy and Role-Based Access Control (RBAC)
  •  Describe how to deploy servers in Cisco UCS
  •  Describe the purpose and advantages of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  •  Describe cloud computing basic concepts
  •  Describe Cisco UCS Director and its functional blocks and deployment, models
  •  Describe Cisco UCS Director orchestration features: policies, virtual data centers, workflows, and catalogs
  •  Describe Cisco ACI, traffic forwarding through the Cisco ACI fabric, and programming and orchestration capabilities
  •  Explain the traffic forwarding mechanisms in Cisco ACI
  •  Describe the programmability and orchestration capabilities of Cisco ACI


  •  Good understanding of networking protocols
  •  Good understanding of the VMware environment

To fully benefit from this course, you should have completed the following course or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:

  •  Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)


  •  Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization
  1.  Describing Switch Virtualization
  2.  Describing Machine Virtualization
  3.  Describing Network Virtualization
  •  Cisco Data Center Network Technologies Configuration
  1.  Describing Cisco FabricPath
  2.  Describing Cisco Fabric Extender
  3.  Describing Port Channels and Virtual Port Channels
  4.  Describing Cisco Unified Fabric
  •  Cisco Unified Computing System
  1.  Describing Cisco UCS Components
  2.  Cisco UCS RBAC
  3.  Deploying Servers in Cisco UCS
  •  Data Center Automation and Orchestration
  1.  Using Application Programming Interfaces
  2.  Cloud Computing o Describing Cisco UCS Director
  3.  Using Cisco UCS Director for Orchestration
  •  Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure
  1.  Describing Cisco ACI
  2.  Describing Cisco ACI Traffic Forwarding
  3.  Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI


Lab outline

  •  Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding by Using SSH
  •  Explore the Elements of Virtual Device Contexts
  •  Install VMware ESXi and vCenter
  •  Configure Cisco FabricPath
  •  Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
  •  Configure Virtual Port Channels
  •  Configure Virtual Port Channels with FEX
  •  Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
  •  Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment
  •  Configure Local RBAC
  •  Configure Cisco UCS to Boot Servers from SAN
  •  Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  •  Explore the Management Information Tree of the Cisco UCS Manager XML API
  •  Configure User Accounts in Cisco UCS Director
  •  Add Virtual and Physical Accounts to Cisco UCS Director
  •  Customize Cisco UCS Director
  •  Explore Cisco UCS Director Monitoring Capabilities
  •  Use Cisco UCS Director Orchestration Features

Fees & Schedule

Delivery Mode Course Duration Fees
Live Virtual Training 10 Days Ask for Quote
Onsite Classroom Training 10 Days Ask for Quote
Customized Training 10 Days Ask for Quote


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