Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

Course Description

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.0

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.0 course helps you master design and deployment options focused on Cisco® data center solutions and technologies across network, compute, virtualization, storage area networks, automation, and security. You will learn design practices for the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers, Cisco UCS Manager, and Cisco Unified Fabric. You will also gain design experience with network management technologies including Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), and Cisco UCS Director.

This course helps

  • Make design choices for optimal data center infrastructure performance, virtualization, security, and automation
  • Master the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary to design a scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center based on Cisco technologies
  • Qualify for professional-level job roles in the high-demand area of enterprise-class data center environments
  • Prepare to take the exam, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (300-610 DCID), which leads to CCNP® Data Center and Cisco Certified Specialist.
  • It also gives you 40 Continuing Education (CE) credits towards recertifcation. 

This course prepares you for the Cisco Certified Specialist - Data Center Design Certification.   
Required exam and recommended training
300-610 DCID Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID)

Certification Track 

DCCOR(Core) + DCID (Concentration elective) = CCNP Data Center Certification

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the Layer 2 and Layer 3 forwarding options and protocols used in a data center
  • Describe the rack design options, traffic patterns, and data center switching layer access, aggregation, and core
  • Describe the Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV) technology that is used to interconnect data centers
  • Describe Locator/ID separation protocol
  • Design a solution that uses Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN) for traffic forwarding
  • Describe hardware redundancy options; how to virtualize the network, compute, and storage functions; and virtual networking in the data center
  • Describe solutions that use fabric extenders and compare Cisco Adapter Fabric Extender (FEX) with single root input/output virtualization (SR-IOV)
  • Describe security threats and solutions in the data center
  • Describe advanced data center security technologies and best practices
  • Describe device management and orchestration in the data center
  • Describe the storage options for compute function and different Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID) levels from a high-availability and performance perspective
  • Describe Fibre Channel concepts, topologies, architecture, and industry terms
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
  • Describe security options in the storage network
  • Describe management and automation options for storage networking infrastructure
  • Describe Cisco UCS servers and use cases for various Cisco UCS platforms
  • Explain the connectivity options for fabric interconnects for southbound and northbound connections
  • Describe the hyperconverged solution and integrated systems
  • Describe the system-wide parameters for setting up a Cisco UCS domain
  • Describe role-based access control (RBAC) and integration with directory servers to control access rights on Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe the pools that may be used in service profiles or service profile templates on Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe the different policies in the service profile
  • Describe the Ethernet and Fibre Channel interface policies and additional network technologies
  • Describe the advantages of templates and the difference between initial and updated templates
  • Describe data center automation tools


  1. Design Virtual Port Channels
  2. Design First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP)
  3. Design Routing Protocols
  4. Design Data Center Topology for a Customer
  5. Design Data Center Interconnect Using Cisco OTV
  6. Design Your VXLAN Network
  7. Create a Cisco FEX Design
  8. Design Management and Orchestration in a Cisco UCS Solution
  9. Design a Fibre Channel Network
  10. Design and Integrate an FCoE Solution
  11. Design a Secure SAN
  12. Design Cisco UCS Director for Storage Networking
  13. Design a Cisco UCS Domain and Fabric Interconnect Cabling
  14. Design a Cisco UCS C-Series Server Implementation
  15. Design Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Network and Storage Connectivity
  16. Design System-wide Parameters in a Cisco UCS Solution
  17. Design an LDAP Integration with a Cisco UCS Domain
  18. Design Pools for Service Profiles in a Cisco UCS Solution
  19. Design Network-Specific Adapters and Policies in a Cisco UCS Solution

Course Information

Length: 5 day

Format: Lecture

Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite

Max. Capacity: 16


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Implementing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCII)
Data Center Unified Computing Implementation (DCUCI)
Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)

Who Should Attend

Data center designers, administrators, and system engineers, Data center engineers and managers, Program and project managers, System engineers and managers