Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU)

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Course Description

The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.0 course helps you prepare for entry-level data center roles. In this course, you will learn the foundational knowledge and skills you need to configure Cisco® data center technologies including: networking, virtualization, storage area networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), automation, and cloud computing. 

Geography & Location
Nov 02, 2020 - 5 day(s)
Nov 02, 2020
GTR-Remote London Time Zone
EMEA, GTR-Remote London Time Zone
$4595 USD
$4595 USD, 46 CLC
Nov 23, 2020 - 5 day(s)
Nov 23, 2020
GTR-Remote Sydney Time
APAC, GTR-Remote Sydney Time
$4595 USD
$4595 USD, 46 CLC
Nov 30, 2020 - 5 day(s)
Nov 30, 2020
Remote Central Time Zone
AMER, Remote Central Time Zone
$4595 USD
$4595 USD, 46 CLC
Dec 14, 2020 - 5 day(s)
Dec 14, 2020
Remote Central Time Zone
AMER, Remote Central Time Zone
$4595 USD
$4595 USD, 46 CLC
Jan 18, 2021 - 5 day(s)
Jan 18, 2021
Remote London Time
EMEA, Remote London Time
$4595 USD
$4595 USD, 46 CLC
Feb 08, 2021 - 5 day(s)
Feb 08, 2021
Remote Central Time
AMER, Remote Central Time
$4595 USD
$4595 USD, 46 CLC

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the foundations of data center networking
  • Describe Cisco Nexus products and explain the basic Cisco NX-OS functionalities and tools
  • Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Describe Cisco Fabric Extender (FEX) connectivity
  • Describe Ethernet port channels and virtual port channel (VPCs)
  • Introduce switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and network virtualization
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Describe Fibre Channel communication between the initiator server and the target storage
  • Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Describe N-Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet FCoE
  • Describe data center server connectivity
  • Describe Cisco UCS Manager
  • Describe the purpose and advantages of APIs
  • Describe Cisco ACI
  • Describe the basic concepts of cloud 
  • Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing
This course will help you:
  • Prepare for entry-level job roles in the high-demand area of data center environments
  • Prepare for courses that support the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center certification exams
  • Gain knowledge and hands-on skills through Cisco’s unique combination of lessons and hands-on practice using enterprise-grade Cisco learning technologies, data center equipment, and software

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems
These are the recommended Cisco courses that may help you meet these prerequisites:
  • Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA®)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)


  1. Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI
  2. Explore Topology Discovery
  3. Configure Hot Standby Router Protocol (HSRP)
  4. Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX
  5. Configure VPCs
  6. Configure VPCs with Cisco FEX
  7. Configure Virtual Routing and Forwarding (VRF)
  8. Explore the Virtual Device Contexts (VDC) Elements
  9. Install VMware Elastic Sky X Integrated (ESXi) and vCenter
  10. Configure VSANs
  11. Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  12. Configure Zoning
  13. Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
  14. Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment
  15. Configure a Cisco UCS Server Profile
  16.  Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  17. Explore the Cisco UCS Manager XML API Management Information Tree

Who Should Attend

Data center administrators, Data center engineers, Systems engineers, Server administrators, Network managers, Cisco integrators and partners

Course Info

Length: 5 day
Format: Lecture and Lab
Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite
Max. Capacity: 16

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