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Cisco Data Center 3.0 Architectural Overview (DCAO)

Course Description Schedule

Who should attend

This course provides an overview of Cisco Nexus 1000v, 2000, 4000, 5000, 7000 and UCS for Network Architects and key decision makers that need to identify and position Cisco solutions within the Data Center.


An understanding of Data Center LAN and SAN architectures would be an advantage but not essential.

Course Objectives

This one-day class focuses on the Cisco Data Center Architecture and the products and services available. The courseware includes instructor-led presentations designed to build immediate awareness of the features and benefits available in the Cisco Data Center.

This course will help you to:

  • Understand how the Cisco Data Center 3.0 vision helps reduce costs while increasing resource utilization and improving business agility.
  • Understand the Core, Aggregation and Access layered architecture of a Data CenterLAN.
  • Understand how servers and storage are connected together over redundant FibreChannel SANs.
  • Describe the NX-OS operating system and understand how it provides higher availability and manageability.
  • Position the Nexus 7000 within the Core and Aggregation layers and identify key components.
  • Understand how Unified I/O and FCoE can help reduce cabling while providing more bandwidth to servers.
  • Position the Nexus 5000 at the Access layer and identify key components and connectivity to servers.
  • Position the Nexus 2000 as a Fabric Extender for the Nexus 5000 for connection of legacy servers.
  • Identify appropriate top-of-rack (TOR) and end-of-row (EOR) deployments for Nexus 5000 and Nexus 2000.
  • Explain the use of VN-Link and the benefits of connecting VMWare ESX servers to the Nexus 5000.
  • Position the Nexus 4000 as Unified I/O and FCoE compliant Blade switch that provides FC and Ethernet connectivity for IBM, Dell and HP Blade servers.
  • Position the Nexus 1000v in virtual server environments as an enhancement to the VMWare VSwitch.
  • Identify key features and components of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS).
  • Explain the benefits of deploying Cisco UCS within a Data Center architecture.
  • Design and build an efficient Data Center solution using Cisco Nexus switches and Cisco UCS.

Course Content

Data Center Architecture

  • Cisco Data Center 3.0 Architectures
  • Core, Aggregation and Access Layers
  • Redundant SAN Architecture
  • FCoE Overview
  • Unified I/O and Data Center Bridging (DCB)
  • NX-OS and Management

Nexus 7000 – Core Switch

  • Overview of Nexus 7010 and 7018
  • Nexus 7000 Supervisor and Linecards
  • Nexus 7000 Core Layer Deployment
  • Nexus 7000 Aggregation Layer Deployment
  • Aggregation Layer Services, ACE, FWSM, IDSM-2
  • VDC Operation and Management

Nexus 5000 – Access Layer Switch

  • Overview of Nexus 5010 and 5020
  • Nexus 5000 Access Layer Deployment
  • TOR versus EOR switches
  • CNAs and server connectivity
  • VN-Tag and VN-Link

Nexus 2000 – Fabric Extender (FEX)

  • Overview
  • Connecting Legacy Servers through the FEX

Nexus 4000 – FCoE Blade Switch

  • Overview
  • Connecting legacy Blade Servers to the Nexus 5000

Nexus 1000v

  • Virtual Server Overview
  • VMware Overview, Vmotion, DRS, HA
  • VSphere, vSwitch and DVS
  • Nexus 1000v Extended Access Layer
  • Deployment and Strategy
  • Nexus 1000v Architecture, VSM, VEM and DVS
  • Nexus 1000v Management

Unified Computing System

  • UCS Overview
  • UCS Architecture and Deployment
  • Service Profiles
  • UCS Manager
  • BMC Bladelogic and Service Orchestration

Case Study – Building a Data Center with Nexus and UCS

Classroom Training
Modality: C

Duration 1 day

  • Australia: 1,100.- AUD
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 7 CLC
Dates and Booking
Online Training
Modality: L

Duration 1 day

  • Australia: 1,100.- AUD
Dates and Booking

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