Understanding Cisco Data Centre Foundations (DCFNDU) Course

Understanding Cisco Data Centre Foundations (DCFNDU) Training Course

Understanding Cisco Data Centre Foundations DCFNDU is a hands-on, instructor-led training course that helps you prepare for the basic functions of the data centre.

In the Understanding Cisco Data Centre Foundations DCFNDU training course, you learn the basic knowledge and skills required to configure Cisco data centre technologies, including networking, virtualization, storage area networks, and unified computing.

It covers the fundamentals and foundation knowledge of Cisco’s application-centric infrastructure (Cisco ACI), automation, and cloud computing.

CCNA knowledge with an understanding of networking protocols, VMware environment and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

There is no certification exam associated with this training course.

Data Centre Foundation Course Material

  • Prepare for entry-level job roles in the high-demand area of data centre environments
  • Prepare for courses that support the Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Centre 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 centre equipment, and software
  • Earn 30 CE credits toward recertification
  • Foundations of data centre networking
  • Cisco Nexus products and explain the basic Cisco NX-OS functionalities and tools
  • Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Cisco FEX connectivity
  • Ethernet port channels and vPCs
  • Switch virtualization, machine virtualization, and describe network virtualization
  • Compare storage connectivity options in the data centre
  • Fibre Channel communication between the initiator server and the target storage
  • Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • NPV and NPIV
  • Data centre Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • FCoE
  • Data centre server connectivity
  • Cisco UCS Manager
  • The purpose and advantages of APIs
  • Cisco ACI
  • The basic concepts of cloud computing


This course is likely to add to the employment-related skills of the participants. The skills developed are likely to be used in the course of being an employee or working in a business.

  • Network engineers
  • Systems engineers
  • Data Centre engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Network administrators
  • Data Centre design engineers
  • Network managers
  • Candidates preparing for Cisco certifications
  • Describing the Data Centre Network Architectures
  • Cisco Data Centre Architecture Overview
  • Three-Tier Network: Core, Aggregation, and Access
  • Spine-and-Leaf Network
  • Two-Tier Storage Network
  • Describing the Cisco Nexus Family and Cisco NX-OS Software
  • Cisco Nexus Data Centre Product Overview
  • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture
  • Cisco NX-OS Software CLI Tools
  • Cisco NX-OS Virtual Routing and Forwarding
  • Describing Layer 3 First-Hop Redundancy
  • Default Gateway Redundancy
  • Hot Standby Router Protocol
  • Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
  • Gateway Load Balancing Protocol
  • Describing Cisco FEX
  • Server Deployment Models
  • Cisco FEX Technology
  • Cisco FEX Traffic Forwarding
  • Cisco Adapter FEX
  • Describing Port Channels and vPCs
  • Ethernet Port Channels
  • Virtual Port Channels
  • Supported vPC Topologies
  • Describing Switch Virtualization
  • Cisco Nexus Switch Basic Components
  • Virtual Routing and Forwarding
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 VDCs
  • VDC Types
  • VDC Resource Allocation
  • VDC Management
  • Describing Machine Virtualization
  • Virtual Machines
  • Hypervisor
  • VM Manager
  • Describing Network Virtualization
  • Overlay Network Protocols
  • VXLAN Overlay
  • VXLAN BGP EVPN Control Plane
  • VXLAN Data Plane
  • Cisco Nexus 1000VE Series Virtual Switch
  • VMware vSphere Virtual Switches
  • Introducing Basic Data Centre Storage Concepts
  • Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Centre
  • Fibre Channel Storage Networking
  • VSAN Configuration and Verification
  • Describing Fibre Channel Communication Between the Initiator Server and the Target Storage
  • Fibre Channel Layered Model
  • FLOGI Process
  • Fibre Channel Flow Control
  • Describing Fibre Channel Zone Types and Their Uses
  • Fibre Channel Zoning
  • Zoning Configuration
  • Zoning Management
  • Describing Cisco NPV Mode and NPIV
  • Cisco NPV Mode
  • NPIV Mode
  • Describing Data Centre Ethernet Enhancements
  • IEEE Data Centre Bridging
  • Priority Flow Control
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection
  • DCBX Protocol
  • Congestion Notification
  • Describing FCoE
  • Cisco Unified Fabric
  • FCoE Architecture
  • FCoE Initialization Protocol
  • FCoE Adapters
  • Describing Cisco UCS Components
  • Physical Cisco UCS Components
  • Cisco Fabric Interconnect Product Overview
  • Cisco IOM Product Overview
  • Cisco UCS Mini
  • Cisco IMC Supervisor
  • Cisco Intersight
  • Describing Cisco UCS Manager
  • Cisco UCS Manager Overview
  • Identity and Resource Pools for Hardware Abstraction
  • Service Profiles and Service Profile Templates
  • Cisco UCS Central Overview
  • Cisco HyperFlex Overview
  • Using APIs
  • Common Programmability Protocols and Methods
  • How to Choose Models and Processes
  • Describing Cisco ACI
  • Cisco ACI Overview
  • Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI
  • Cisco ACI Features
  • VXLAN in Cisco ACI
  • Unicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
  • Multicast Traffic in Cisco ACI
  • Cisco ACI Programmability
  • Common Programming Tools and Orchestration Options
  • Describing Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Overview
  • Cloud Deployment Models
  • Cloud Computing Services
  • Explore the Cisco NX-OS CLI
  • Explore Topology Discovery
  • Configure HSRP
  • Configure the Cisco Nexus 2000 FEX
  • Configure vPCs
  • Configure vPCs with Cisco FEX
  • Configure VRF
  • Explore the VDC Elements
  • Install VMware ESXi and vCenter
  • Configure VSANs
  • Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Configure Zoning
  • Configure Unified Ports on a Cisco Nexus Switch and Implement FCoE
  • Explore the Cisco UCS Server Environment
  • Configure a Cisco UCS Server Profile
  • Configure Cisco NX-OS with APIs
  • Explore the Cisco UCS Manager XML API Management Information Tree
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