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CCNA Data Center

For data center network administrators who want to save time and money on data center design, equipment installation, and maintenance, the Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center) certification is a job-role-focused training and certification program that allows you to maximize your investment in your education and increase the value of your data center network.

Because of our experience with our existing certification and education programs and leadership in providing data center solutions, Cisco can provide a comprehensive program to address the key areas of data center network design, implementation, and maintenance.

Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (200-150)

Exam Description

The Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) exam (200-150) is a 90-minute, 55–65 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNA Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of data center physical infrastructure, data center networking concepts, and data center storage networking. The course, Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking v6 (DCICN), will help candidates prepare for this exam, as the content is aligned with the exam topics.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam.

  • Data Center Physical Infrastructure
    1. Describe different types of cabling, uses and limitations
    2. Describe different types of transceivers, uses and limitations
    3. Identify physical components of a server and perform basic troubleshooting
    4. Identify physical port roles
    5. Describe power redundancy modes
  • Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
    1. Compare and contrast the OSI and the TCP/IP models
    2. Describe classic Ethernet fundamentals
    3. Describe switching concepts and perform basic configuration
  • Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
    1. Explain and demonstrate IPv4/IPv6 addressing
    2. Compare and contrast static and dynamic routing
    3. Perform basic configuration of SVI/routed interfaces
    4. Compare and contrast the First Hop Redundancy Protocols
    5. Compare and contrast common data center network architectures
    6. Describe the use of access control lists to perform basic traffic filtering
    7. Describe the basic concepts and components of authentication, authorization, and accounting
  • Basic Data Center Storage
    1. Differentiate between file and block based storage protocols
    2. Describe the roles of FC/FCoE port types
    3. Describe the purpose of a VSAN
    4. Describe the addressing model of block based storage protocols
  • Advanced Data Center Storage
    1. Describe FCoE concepts and operations
    2. Describe Node Port Virtualization
    3. Describe zone types and their uses
    4. Verify the communication between the initiator and target
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (200-155)

    Exam Description

    The Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) exam (200-155) is a 90-minute, 55–65 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNA Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of fundamental data center technologies including unified computing, data center network virtualization, Cisco data center networking technologies, data center automation and orchestration, and Application Centric Infrastructure. The course, Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies v6 (DCICT), will help candidates prepare for this exam, as the content is aligned with the exam topics.

    The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam.

  • Unified Computing
    1. Describe common server types and connectivity found in a data center
    2. Describe the physical components of the Cisco UCS
    3. Describe the concepts and benefits of Cisco UCS hardware abstraction
    4. Perform basic Cisco UCS configuration
    5. Describe server virtualization concepts and benefits
  • Network Virtualization
    1. Describe the components and operations of Cisco virtual switches
    2. Describe the concepts of overlays- OTV, NVGRE & VXLAN
    3. Describe the benefits and perform simple troubleshooting of VDC STP
    4. Compare and contrast the default and management VRFs
    5. Differentiate between the data, control, and management planes
  • Cisco Data Center Networking Technologies
    1. Describe, configure, and verify FEX connectivity
    2. Describe, configure, and verify basic vPC features
    3. Describe, configure, and verify FabricPath
    4. Describe, configure, and verify unified switch ports
    5. Describe the features and benefits of Unified Fabric
    6. Describe and explain the use of role-based access control within the data center infrastructure
  • Automation and Orchestration
    1. Explain the purpose and value of using APIs
    2. Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing
    3. Describe the basic functions of a Cisco UCS Director
    4. Interpret and troubleshoot a Cisco UCS Director workflow
  • Application Centric Infrastructure
    1. Describe the architecture of an ACI environment- Basic policy resolution, APIC controller, Spine leaf, APIs
    2. Describe the fabric discovery process
    3. Describe the policy-driven, multitier application deployment model and its benefits
    4. Describe the ACI logical model- Tenants, Context, Bridge domains, EPG, Contracts