Course Overview

The Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches (DCIMDS) v1.1 course gives you an overview of Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches, including platform architecture, software, and management capabilities.

You will learn the key features that contribute to high performance and availability, flexibility, and operational simplicity and investment protection. During hands-on lab time, you’ll configure a Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) SAN fabric using Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) and CLI commands; SAN analytics and SAN telemetry streaming; device aliases and zoning; and more. You’ll gain a technical understanding of how to build highly available, scalable storage networks using the robust, flexible hardware architecture with network and storage management intelligence.

Learning Credits: 
  • After taking this course, you should be able to:

    • Describe Cisco MDS SAN features and advantages
    • Describe fixed and modular platforms
    • Describe Cisco MDS architecture and high-availability mechanisms
    • Describe technologies used in modern SANs
    • Describe SAN management with Cisco DCNM
    • Initialize a Cisco MDS switch and add it to DCNM
    • Describe key value-add features that distinguish Cisco MDS Series switches
    • Configure basic Cisco MDS features and interfaces using DCNM
  • To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

    • Experience managing data center deployments
    • Knowledge of the fundamentals of SAN technologies
    • Understanding of business and application requirements
    • Solutions architects
    • Data center architects
    • Network architects
    • Systems engineers
    • Data center engineers
    • Network engineers
    • Technical decision makers
    • Cisco integrators and partners