Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1 Course Overview

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1 Course Overview

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1 course is a comprehensive training program that equips learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to design a scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center infrastructure. The course covers key topics such as high availability mechanisms, virtual port channels, Cisco FabricPath, and overlays such as VXLAN. It also delves into compute design, automation, security, storage networking, and Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) configurations.

Learners will benefit from a deep dive into designing Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity, data center topologies, interconnects with Cisco Overlay Transport Virtualization (OTV), and network virtualization techniques. The course addresses current industry standards and practices, ensuring that participants are prepared to design data center solutions that can effectively support business operations and objectives.

By completing the DCID course, professionals will gain the expertise needed to design and implement robust data center infrastructures using Cisco technologies, thereby enhancing their career prospects and contributing value to their organizations.

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Course Prerequisites

To successfully undertake training in the Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1 course, students should possess the following minimum required knowledge:


  • Understanding of network fundamentals, including routing and switching principles.
  • Basic knowledge of data center architecture and technologies.
  • Familiarity with the Cisco Nexus and Cisco MDS families of switches.
  • Awareness of server system design and architecture.
  • Understanding of virtualization technologies, such as VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, or open-source alternatives.
  • Comprehension of storage networking concepts, including iSCSI, NAS, and SAN.
  • Basic understanding of Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System) configuration and management.
  • Awareness of IP networking and IP addressing schemes.

These prerequisites ensure that students have a foundational understanding of the various components and technologies that come into play when designing a Cisco Data Center Infrastructure. With this knowledge, students will be better equipped to grasp the advanced concepts presented in the course.


Target Audience for Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1 course is ideal for IT professionals responsible for designing and implementing data center solutions.


  • Network Designers and Administrators
  • Data Center Engineers and Managers
  • Solutions Architects
  • Systems Engineers
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners
  • Network Consultants
  • Technical Decision Makers
  • Infrastructure Architects
  • Server Administrators with a focus on data center infrastructure
  • Storage Administrators interested in Cisco data center technologies
  • Network and Server Virtualization Engineers


Learning Objectives - What you will Learn in this Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1?

Introduction to Learning Outcomes:

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) v7.1 course empowers students with a deep understanding of data center design, network infrastructure, and their high-availability mechanisms.

Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Understand Layer 2 high-availability mechanisms including Virtual Port Channels (vPC) and Cisco Fabric Path.
  • Evaluate Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity options and technologies like VXLAN EVPN and OTV for data center interconnects.
  • Design scalable, robust Layer 3 networks with First Hop Redundancy Protocols and improved routing performance.
  • Develop data center topologies with considerations for traffic flows, cabling, access, aggregation, core layers, and spine-and-leaf architectures.
  • Assess compute design options including Ethernet and storage connectivity, network device virtualization, and hyperconverged infrastructure.
  • Describe the benefits of VXLAN overlays and MP-BGP EVPN for advanced network segmentation and virtualization.
  • Design network automation and orchestration strategies using tools like Cisco UCS Director and Cisco Intersight.
  • Analyze basic and advanced data center security features, including threat mitigation, Cisco TrustSec, and firewall positioning with Cisco Firepower.
  • Explore storage and RAID options, Fibre Channel concepts, and topologies to effectively manage SAN environments.
  • Describe Cisco UCS server models, fabric interconnect connectivity, and the use of Hyperconverged and Integrated Systems like Cisco HyperFlex.

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