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This Cisco video training with trainer Anthony Sequeira covers the technologies of the modern Cisco-centric data center, including topics such as data center architecture, virtualizing networks, load balancing, and more....
This Cisco video training with trainer Anthony Sequeira covers the technologies of the modern Cisco-centric data center, including topics such as data center architecture, virtualizing networks, load balancing, and more.

Related area of expertise:
  • Cisco Data Center

Recommended skills:
  • For the highest degree of success in this course, students should possess the experience and knowledge gained from the CBT Nuggets course Cisco CCNA Data Center 640-911 DCICN

Recommended equipment:
  • Students are not required to possess any special equipment in order to benefit fully from this course.

Related certifications:
  • CCNA Data Center

Related job functions:
  • Data Center Engineer
  • Data Center Designer
  • Data Center Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Designer
  • Network Engineer
  • LAN Administrator
  • SAN Administrator


In this exciting CBT Nuggets course, CBT Nuggets trainer Anthony Sequeira guides learners through the details of the technologies that make up the modern Cisco-centric data center. This course also prepares learners to pass the 640-916 DCICT 1.0 exam. This is the second of two exams required for the CCNA Data Center certification.
1. The Course Introduction (9 min)
2. The Cisco Data Center Architecture (18 min)
3. Meet the Nexus Family! (33 min)
4. Meet the MDS Family! (10 min)
5. Monitoring the Nexus (21 min)
6. Exploring vPCs and Their Verification (17 min)
7. Exploring FabricPath (TRILL) (12 min)
8. You Down with OTV? (16 min)
9. Virtualizing The Network Device (19 min)
10. Virtualizing Storage (11 min)
11. Virtualizing Servers (23 min)
12. Introducing the Nexus 1000V (18 min)
13. Verifying the Nexus 1000V (12 min)
14. Storage Options (18 min)
15. Fibre Channel and More Fibre Channel (32 min)
16. Verifying Fibre Channel (12 min)
17. FCoE and DCB (18 min)
18. Connecting FCoE (13 min)
19. The Nexus 2232 Fabric Extender (14 min)
20. The UCS B-Series Family (22 min)
21. The UCS C-Series (11 min)
22. Connecting B-Series Servers (19 min)
23. UCS Management (17 min)
24. Pools, Policies, and Profiles (15 min)
25. Cisco Load Balancing (12 min)

The Course Introduction

00:00:00

Welcome to CBT Nuggets, and welcome to Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies 1.0. My name is Anthony Sequeria. And I bet this is the series that you've been waiting for. We've completed one of the two series on the CCNA Data Center from Cisco Systems.

00:00:19

And in that series, we we're really looking at networking technologies in general. Sure, there was some specific focus on Data Center, but a lot of the content was just general networking knowledge-type content. This is probably the series you've been waiting for.

00:00:37

In this series, we're going delve very deep into the specific technologies that we would find in a Cisco-centric Data Center. Let's jump in. Now I want to do three things in this introductory Nugget. I want to revisit the requirements for the CCNA Data Center and make sure you're 100% solid on those requirements and you understand what's going to happen in order for you to achieve that certification.

00:01:06

Then I want to run through what we'll cover in this course, and I want to wrap up with our particular style here at CBT Nuggets. And I think you're going to quickly see why you're in the right place. Remember, when you have any question about a particular certification and its requirements, your answers are just a click away.

00:01:24

Head up to cisco.com. Go to the Training and Events area. And one of the things you can do I love is just go to View All Certifications. This is a great map of all Cisco certifications. We are interested in CCNA Data Center, so go ahead and click on that. And we remember that there are no prerequisites for the CCNA Data Center.

00:01:46

That's a bonus. We have two exams, two courses, the DCICN exam and course that I walked you through here already at CBT Nuggets, and then our focus, 640-916 DCICT, is your exam. Click on this particular hyperlink, and you'll get more information. It's a 90-minute exam with about 65 to 75 questions. It's offered in English and Japanese.

00:02:13

We register here at Pearson VUE. Here are some policies and requirements that you and your attorney should read closely. And then this is important. You want to review the types of exam questions. This is a tutorial that's going to show you your types of exam questions that you will face.

00:02:30

Be sure to practice with this prior to go to your exam. The last thing you want to do is fumble with the mechanics of the question types in the actual exam environment. Go ahead and fumble around and experiment with them before you go to the exam. Of particular interest here is the simulation-type questions.

00:02:51

We're probably all going to know how to do multiple choice and drag and drop. That's no big deal. But here you can see they're going to walk you through the simulations that you'll have on the exam and how those work. You will indeed face simulations in this exam environment, so be sure you practice with this interface prior to running off to the exam.

00:03:11

Something else that's very valuable here that you'll want to take a look that is the Exam Topics area. Yes, I'm going to be walking you through every single one of these exam topics in-depth. You might want to copy this to the Clipboard and then paste it into something like Excel, and you can literally make yourself a checklist in Excel, or whatever your favorite app is for such software, and then go ahead and literally gauge your knowledge of these topics as we move through them.

00:03:40

So valuable resources up here. And of course, that is a nice review for us of what is required in order to achieve the CCNA Data Center, and it really comes down to two exams. Now what are you in store for in this particular series? Well, we're going to start out by talking about the Cisco Data Center architecture.

00:04:02

Yeah, you're really enjoy this. Even if you're not into design topics, I think you're really going to enjoy taking a bird's eye view of the exact architecture that Cisco likes to promote when it comes to building a data center. Then we'll get real practical real quick.

00:04:19

We'll take a tour of the Nexus and the MDS family of devices. So you'll get to know components, like this fabric interconnect we have depicted up here, and we'll get to know the storage equipment of Cisco as well. We'll then talk about key monitoring capabilities that you're going to want to have when it comes to this Nexus equipment.

00:04:41

We'll then talk about virtual port channels. Sure, you're probably familiar with ether channels where we use multiple links redundantly to connect two devices together and we trick spanning tree protocol. We covered this in-depth in the previous series here at CBT Nuggets on CCNA Data Center.

00:05:02

But we'll kick it up a notch in this particular course, and we'll talk about virtual port channels, the ability to bundle connections together that are leading to different devices, something that we never thought possible with EtherChannel. We'll talk about Overlay Transport Virtualization.

00:05:20

Yeah. We'll talk about how easy this technology is to connect multiple data centers and to not have loops at Layer 2 when we do that. We'll talk a lot in this course about virtualization. We'll focus on virtualization of things like network devices, virtualization of storage, virtualization of particular servers themselves.

00:05:44

And any discussion of virtualization in Cisco wouldn't be complete without focusing on the 1000V, that remarkable virtual Nexus switch from Cisco and VMware. And we'll be going in-depth on two Nuggets, by the way, two Nuggets dedicated to that remarkable, remarkable device.

00:06:06

We will focus on Storage Area Networking in this course. We'll talk about Fibre Channel as a result. We'll talk about Fibre Channel Over Ethernet in this course in-depth. We'll talk about things like Data Center Bridging. Lots of important acronyms for us in the modern data center.

00:06:26

We'll focus on fabric extension and our fabric extenders and the Nexus 2000 series. And then we'll also be focusing on the UCS, C-Series servers that are available now from Cisco, B-Series servers that are available from Cisco, and the UCS Chassis and UCS Manager itself.

00:06:49

So this is really, really a remarkable in-depth series on the lifeblood of Cisco Data Center cutting edge technologies, and I'm so glad you're here with me. Now it might be the case that you could absolutely care less about Cisco certification. And that's fine.

00:07:09

Just because I take a test every week doesn't mean that you necessarily want to do that. Also, it might be the case that you don't really care about every aspect of this particular course. Maybe there's just certain areas of the Data Center that you're going to be responsible for, like the UCS area or maybe the SAN area, and you want to focus on that particular real world knowledge.

00:07:34

Well, you're in the right place, because the approach that we're going to take to this course, like we did with the last course I'm showing you here, is to break it down into small digestible chunks that are very clearly labeled for you. And by the way, our Nuggets tend to be about 20 minutes in length. So for instance, if you're looking at the previous course and you say, you know what, I'm just really interested in the NX-OS software, you would know, OK, I want to watch this Nugget on the NX-OS software introduction.

00:08:07

Then I want to look at the features. Then I want to look at using it. Then I want to look at building VLANs in it, for example. You can focus on those particular Nuggets that deal with that particular topic. We'll do the exact same thing in this course. Very digestible, very focused, very real-world-centric Nuggets so that you can master this material.

00:08:31

If you're interested in the exam, just be sure to watch them all, right? Because every single one is going to have exam relevance for you. So in this introductory Nugget, we took a look at the CCNA Data Center. And we now know that it consists of a whopping two exams that we are going to pass with ease after going through the CBT Nuggets series here.

00:08:54

We talked about the particular juicy topics that we are going to get into in this course. It's why you've been waiting for this course so patiently, I bet. And then, finally, we talked about our style here at CBT Nuggets. We're going to make 20-minute Nuggets very, very topic-focused for you that go into great real world depth on the technologies.

The Cisco Data Center Architecture

Meet the Nexus Family!

Meet the MDS Family!

Monitoring the Nexus

Exploring vPCs and Their Verification

Exploring FabricPath (TRILL)

You Down with OTV?

Virtualizing The Network Device

Virtualizing Storage

Virtualizing Servers

Introducing the Nexus 1000V

Verifying the Nexus 1000V

Storage Options

Fibre Channel and More Fibre Channel

Verifying Fibre Channel

FCoE and DCB

Connecting FCoE

The Nexus 2232 Fabric Extender

The UCS B-Series Family

The UCS C-Series

Connecting B-Series Servers

UCS Management

Pools, Policies, and Profiles

Cisco Load Balancing

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