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DCUFD v5.0 - Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric Training


The Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) v5.0 is a five-day instructor-led course aimed at providing data center designers with the knowledge and skills needed to design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center unified fabrics, and virtualization solutions based on the Cisco Fabric Extenders (FEXs), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), Cisco FabricPath, and equipment and link virtualization technologies.

The course describes the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solutions, and explains how to evaluate existing data center infrastructure, determine the requirements, and design the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric solution based on Cisco products and technologies.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

    Evaluate the data center solution design and design process regarding contemporary data center challenges, Cisco Data Center Architecture solution, and components
  • Provide a comprehensive and detailed overview of technologies used in data centers, and describe scalability implications and their possible use in cloud environments
  • Design data center connections and topologies in the core layer
  • Explain and design data center storage designs, solutions, and limitations of various storage technologies
  • Design secure data centers that are protected from application-based threats, network security threats, and physical security threats
  • Design data center infrastructure that is required to implement network-based application services
  • Design data center management to facilitate monitoring, managing, and provisioning of data center equipment and applications


The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • CCNA Data Center certification
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Cisco Nexus product family courses
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) course
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (DCSNS) course

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers

The secondary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center engineers and managers

The tertiary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Program and project managers


Course Introduction

  • Overview
  • Course Goal and Objectives
  • Course Flow
  • Additional References
  • Your Training Curriculum

Module 1: Cisco Data Center Solutions
Lesson 1: Defining the Data Center

  • Categorize general data center solution components
  • Define the baseline technology and terminology used in data center solutions
  • Analyze business, technical, and environmental challenges
  • Recognize the cloud computing paradigm, terms, and concepts
  • Recognize the importance of virtualization technologies and solutions for data center evolution

Lesson 2: Identifying the Cisco Data Center Solution

  • Evaluate the Cisco Data Center architectural framework
  • Evaluate the Cisco Data Center architectural framework network component
  • Evaluate the Cisco Data Center architectural framework storage component

Lesson 3: Designing the Cisco Data Center Solution

  • Describe the design process for the Cisco Data Center solution
  • Assess the deliverables of the Cisco Data Center solution
  • Describe Cisco Validated Designs

Module 2: Data Center Technologies
Lesson 1: Designing Layer 2 and Layer 3 Switching

  • Understand and explain hardware-forwarding architectures
  • Describe IP addressing considerations and IP routing technologies

Lesson 2: Virtualizing Data Center Components

  • Identify device virtualization mechanisms
  • Design virtualized solutions using VDCs
  • Design virtualized services using contexts on firewalling and load-balancing devices
  • Design virtualized services using virtual appliances

Lesson 3: Designing Layer 2 Multipathing Technologies

  • Explain link virtualization technologies that allow for scaling of the network
  • Design solutions using vPCs and MEC
  • Design solutions using Cisco FabricPath

Module 3: Data Center Topologies
Lesson 1: Designing the Data Center Core Layer Network

  • Identify the need for the data center core layer
  • Design a Layer 3 data center core layer
  • Design a Layer 2 data center core layer
  • Evaluate designs using data center collapsed core

Lesson 2: Designing the Data Center Aggregation Layer

  • Describe classical aggregation layer designs
  • Design the aggregation layer with VDCs
  • Design the aggregation layer using Cisco Unified Fabric
  • Design the aggregation layer with IP storage-related specifics in mind

Lesson 3: Designing the Data Center Access Layer

  • Describe the classic access layer designs and design issues
  • Design the access layer with vPC and MEC
  • Design the access layer with FEXs
  • Design the access layer with Cisco Unified Fabric

Lesson 4: Designing the Data Center Virtualized Access Layer

  • Define the virtual access layer
  • Describe the virtual access layer solutions within virtual machine hosts
  • Design solutions with Cisco Adapter FEX
  • Design solutions with Cisco VM-FEX
  • Design solutions with the Cisco Nexus 1000V switch

Lesson 5: Designing High Availability

  • Design high availability for IP-based services
  • Design high availability by implementing link aggregation
  • Design high availability of services using IP routing and FHRPs
  • Provide high availability with RHI
  • Design high availability of services using LISP

Lesson 6: Designing Data Center Interconnects

  • Identify the reasons for data center interconnects
  • Describe data center interconnect technologies
  • Design data center interconnects using Cisco OTV
  • Describe storage replication technologies

Module 4: Data Center Storage
Lesson 1: Introducing SAN

  • Explain data storage and Fibre Channel basic terms
  • Explain Fibre Channel basic concepts
  • Explain Fibre Channel flow control mechanisms

Lesson 2: Designing SAN

  • Explain different storage designs and topologies
  • Design SANs using Cisco best practices and Cisco Validated Designs
  • Design scalable SANs with provisions for multitenancy

Lesson 3: Designing Unified Fabric

  • Explain flow control when using FCoE
  • Explain the use of FIP
  • Describe different design options with unified fabric networks
  • Design unified fabric deployments with FEXs

Lesson 4: Designing SAN Services

  • Identify the need for SAN-based Fibre Channel services
  • Design SAN-based Fibre Channel services
  • Explain SAN replication
  • Design long-distance Fibre Channel interconnects
  • Present design examples and use cases for various SAN long-distance acceleration solutions

Module 5: Data Center Security
Lesson 1: Designing Data Center Application Security

  • Identify the need for data center security technologies
  • Describe characteristics of firewalls
  • Position security appliances within data center networks
  • Design secure communication on multiple layers

Lesson 2: Designing Link Security Technologies and Device Hardening

  • Identify design requirements for Cisco TrustSec
  • Describe device-hardening technologies
  • Design secure management networks

Lesson 3: Designing Storage Security

  • Design secure SANs
  • Explain security solutions for data encryption
  • Outline security implications for IP-based storage

Module 6: Data Center Application Services
Lesson 1: Designing Data Center Application Architecture

  • Explain application architecture and design
  • Explain application tiering
  • Explain application optimization technologies

Lesson 2: Designing Application Services

  • Explain server load-balancing technologies
  • Add application services to an existing data center
  • Explain contexts
  • Design secure application load-balancing solutions

Lesson 3: Designing Global Load Balancing

  • Explain the need for GSLB
  • Design a GSLB solution
  • Explain protocols that are used for site selection and site monitoring
  • Explain the site selection process

Module 7: Data Center Management
Lesson 1: Designing Data Center Management Solutions

  • Describe the need for network management
  • Describe Cisco Data Center management products
  • Describe scalability limitations
  • Secure management in multitenant environments

Lab Outline

Case Study 1-1: Design a Migration to vPC
Lab 1-2: Become Familiar with the Lab Equipment
Lab 3-1: Explore VDCs
Lab 3-2: Examine vPC
Lab 3-3: Explore Cisco FabricPath
Lab 3-4: Connect FEXs
Lab 3-5: Interconnect Data Centers with Cisco OTV
Case Study 3-6: Design VLAN Extension
Case Study 4-1: Design Cisco Unified Fabric