Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.0

CCNP Data Center certification

Make smarter design choices for optimal data center infrastructure performance, virtualization, security, and automation with the 5-day Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure course. Our seasoned instructors enable you to master the practical and theoretical knowledge necessary for designing a scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center based on Cisco technologies. The in-depth training also helps you achieve two professional and specialist Cisco credentials.


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Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure Course Overview

Vinsys' Cisco DCID v7.0 training covers design/deployment options focused on Cisco® data center solutions and technologies across the network, compute, virtualization, storage area networks, automation, and security. In addition, it explains design practices for the Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) solution based on Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series servers, UCS Manager, and Unified Fabric. 

You acquire design experience with network management technologies, from Cisco UCS Manager, Data Center Network Manager (DCNM), to UCS Director.

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure course prepares you for the 300-610 exam, needed for earning Cisco Certified Specialist-Data Center Design and CCNP Data Center certifications.

Course Curriculum


  • Individuals interested in professional-level job roles in high-demand areas of enterprise-class data center environments. 
  • Data Center Engineers, Network Designers, Network Administrators, Network Engineers, Systems Engineers, Consulting Systems Engineers, Technical Solutions Architects, Server Administrators, Network Managers, and Cisco Integrators/Partners with 5-8 years of experience.
  • Those willing to complete Cisco Specialist-Data Center Design and CCNP Data Center credentials.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The ability to implement data center networking, data center virtualization, Cisco Unified Computing System, data center automation/orchestration focusing on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and UCS Director.
  • Describe data center storage, and products in the Cisco Data Center Nexus/Multilayer Director Switch families. 
  • Cisco-recommended Pre-course Training: Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU), Implementing and Administering Cisco Networking Technologies (CCNA®), and Implementing Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR).

Course Objectives

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

About the Certification - 300-610 DCID : Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure

Cisco Certified Specialist-Data Center Design, a specialist certification, approves your knowledge of data center infrastructure design, including network, compute, storage network, and automation. The following exam is necessary: 

  • 300-610 DCID

CCNP Data Center, a professional accreditation, validates your or your team members' skills with data center solutions. The following concentration and core exams must be cleared:

  • 300-610 DCID 
  • 350-601 DCCOR

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  • 5-days Instructor-led Online Training
  • Experienced Subject Matter Experts
  • Approved and Quality Ensured Training Material
  • 24*7 Leaner Assistance And Support


Customized to your team's need

  • Blended Learning Delivery Model (Self-Paced E-Learning And/Or Instructor-Led Options)
  • Course, Category, And All-Access Pricing
  • Enterprise-Class Learning Management System (LMS)
  • Enhanced Reporting For Individuals And Teams
  • 24x7 Teaching Assistance And Support 

Course Outline

  • Overview of Layer 2 High-Availability Mechanisms
  • Virtual Port Channels
  • Cisco Fabric Path
  • Virtual Port Channel+
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols
  • Improving Routing Protocol Performance and Security
  • Enhancing Layer 3 Scalability and Robustness
  • Data Center Traffic Flows
  • Cabling Challenges
  • Access Layer
  • Aggregation Layer
  • Core Layer
  • Spine-and-Leaf Topology
  • Redundancy Options
  • Cisco OTV Overview
  • Cisco OTV Control and Data Planes
  • Failure Isolation
  • Cisco OTV Features
  • Optimizing Cisco OTV
  • Evaluating Cisco OTV
  • Locator/ID Separation Protocol
  • Location Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP) Virtual Machine (VM) Mobility
  • LISP Extended Subnet Mode (ESM) Multihop Mobility
  • LISP VPN Virtualization
  • Describing VXLAN Benefits over VLAN
  • Layer 2/Layer 3 VXLAN Overlay
  • Multiprotocol Border Gateway Protocol (MP-BGP) Ethernet VPN (EVPN) Control Plane Overview
  • VXLAN Data Plane
  • Hardware-Based High Availability
  • Device Virtualization
  • Cisco UCS Hardware Virtualization
  • Server Virtualization
  • SAN Virtualization
  • N-Port ID Virtualization
  • Cisco Adapter FEX
  • Access Layer with Cisco FEX
  • Cisco FEX Topologies
  • Virtualization-Aware Networking
  • Single Root I/O Virtualization
  • Cisco FEX Evaluation
  • Threat Mitigation
  • Attack/Countermeasure Examples
  • Securing the Management Plane
  • Protecting the Control Plane
  • RBAC and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Cisco TrustSec in Cisco Secure Enclaves Architecture
  • Cisco TrustSec Operation
  • Firewalling
  • Positioning the Firewall within Data Center Networks
  • Cisco Firepower® Portfolio
  • Firewall Virtualization
  • Designing for Threat Mitigation
  • Network/License Management
  • Cisco UCS Manager and UCS Director
  • Cisco Intersight
  • Cisco DCNM Overview
  • Positioning DAS in Storage Technologies
  • Network-Attached Storage
  • Fibre Channel, FCoE, and Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI)
  • Evaluating Storage Technologies
  • Fibre Channel Connections, Layers, and Addresses
  • Fibre Channel Communication
  • Virtualization in Fibre Channel SAN
  • SAN Parameterization
  • SAN Design Options
  • Choosing a Fibre Channel Design Solution
  • FCoE Protocol Characteristics
  • FCoE Communication
  • Data Center Bridging
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • FCoE Design Options
  • Common SAN Security Features
  • Zones
  • SAN Security Enhancements
  • Cryptography in SAN
  • Cisco DCNM for SAN
  • Cisco DCNM Analytics/Streaming Telemetry
  • Cisco UCS Director in the SAN
  • UCS Director Workflows
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Servers
  • Fabric Interconnects and Blade Chassis
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Server Adapter Cards
  • Stateless Computing
  • Cisco UCS Mini
  • Use of Fabric Interconnect Interfaces
  • VLANs/VSANs in a Cisco UCS Domain
  • Southbound/Northbound Connections
  • Disjoint Layer 2 Networks
  • Fabric Interconnect High Availability and Redundancy
  • Hyperconverged/Integrated Systems Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex™ Solution, Scalability, Robustness, and Clusters
  • Cluster Capacity/Multiple Clusters on One Cisco UCS Domain
  • External Storage and Graphical Processing Units on Cisco HyperFlex
  • Cisco HyperFlex Positioning
  • Cisco UCS Setup and Management
  • UCS Traffic Management
  • Roles/Privileges
  • Organizations in Cisco UCS Manager
  • Locales and Effective Rights
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
  • Two-Factor Authentication
  • Global/Local Pools
  • Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) Suffix and Media Access Control (MAC) Address Pools
  • World Wide Name (WWN) Pools
  • Server and iSCSI Initiator IP Pools
  • Global/Local Policies
  • Storage and Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) Policies
  • Boot/Scrub Policies
  • Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) and Maintenance Policies
  • LAN/SAN Connectivity Controls
  • Virtual Access Layer
  • Connectivity Enhancements
  • Cisco UCS Templates
  • Service Profile Templates
  • Network Templates
  • Model-Driven Programmability
  • Cisco NX-API Overview
  • Programmability Using Python
  • Cisco Ansible Module
  • Using the Puppet Agent

Course Reviews


Vinsys is a globally admired Corporate and Individual training provider with 25+ years of verifiable experience. Our instructor-led online courses, internationally-acclaimed expertise, customizable skill-development programs, and 24*7 learner support ensure the most comprehensive upskilling arrangement, a must for capitalizing on valuable Cisco data center opportunities.

It will let you secure only the Cisco Certified Specialist-Data Center Design credential. However, you will be required to clear a core exam for completing the second certification.

It tests your knowledge of data center infrastructure design, from Network, Compute, to Storage network and Automation.

Network Design (35%) and Compute Design (25%). 

Yes, the 40 CE credits you receive after completing this Cisco course can be used for recertification, as barring the CCIE, exams for all other credentials are valid only for three years.