DCICN | Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking


Version: 6.2


What you’ll learn in this course              

The Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.2 course prepares you for the Cisco CCNA® Data Center certification and for associate-level data center roles. The course covers foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies, including data center networking concepts, data center storage networking, and data center physical infrastructure. The training provided in this course is focused on data center basic operations covering the topics needed for today’s demanding associate-level positions.


Technology areas              

  • Data center
  • Networking



After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of the Ethernet protocol
  • List Ethernet standardization
  • Describe the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) and TCP/IP models
  • Describe IPv4 and IPv6 network layer addressing
  • Describe the packet delivery process
  • Compare and contrast TCP/IP with the OSI model
  • Examine the Cisco data center network architectures, the 2- and 3-tier network design, and the spine/leaf network design
  • Describe Cisco Nexus® products and explain the basic functionalities and tools of Cisco NX-OS
  • Describe issues with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Describe the routing process on Nexus switches
  • Describe Layer 3 first-hop redundancy
  • Describe and configure user security features
  • Describe Access Control List (ACL) object groups
  • Describe storage connectivity options in the data center
  • Compare SCSI over IP (iSCSI), Fibre Channel, and Network-Attached Storage (NAS) connectivity for remote server storage
  • Describe Fibre Channel storage networking, VLANs, VSANs, N-Port Virtualization (NPV), and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Describe communication between the initiator and target
  • Describe Fibre Channel zone types and their uses
  • Describe data center Ethernet enhancements that provide a lossless fabric
  • Describe Fibre Channel over Ethernet
  • Describe the components of a Cisco UCS server
  • Describe the Cisco UCS physical connectivity for a fabric interconnect cluster
  • Describe the Cisco UCS Manager interfaces




  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system
  • Basic Internet skills



Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 5 days with hands-on lab practice
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 5 days of web-based classes with hands-on lab practice
  • E-learning: Equivalent of 5 days of instruction with hands-on lab practice


How you’ll benefit

IT professionals who are Cisco trained and certified are uniquely qualified for associate-level or higher roles in enterprise-class data center environments. The Cisco CCNA certification equips you with skills in a broad range of technologies and industry best practices sought by hiring managers.


Who should enroll

IT professionals with one to three years of experience in the roles below:

  • Data center engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Network engineer
  • System administrator
  • Systems engineer
  • Network designer
  • Consulting systems engineer
  • Technical solutions architect



  • Network Protocols and Host-to-Host Communication
  • Basic Data Center Networking Concepts
  • Advanced Data Center Networking Concepts
  • Basic Data Center Storage
  • Advanced Data Center Storage
  • Cisco UCS Architecture

DCICN | Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking

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