Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) – eLearning

Course Overview

The Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.1 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, SAN networking, and unified computing. You will get an introduction to Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™), automation, and cloud computing. You will get hands-on experience with configuring features on Cisco Nexus® Operating System (Cisco NX-OS) and Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®).

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

    • 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 application programming interfaces (APIs)
    • Describe Cisco ACI
    • Describe the basic concepts of cloud computing
    • Data center administrators
    • Data center engineers
    • Systems engineers
    • Server administrators
    • Network managers
    • Cisco integrators and partners
  • To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

    • Good understanding of networking protocols
    • Good understanding of the VMware environment
    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems