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DCIMDS - Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v1.1

Overview

Duration: 2 days

TheIntroducing 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 Command Line Interface (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.

Objectives

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 switches
  • Configure basic Cisco MDS features and interfaces using DCNM

Content

1. Describing Cisco MDS Platform

  • Introduction and Advantages of Cisco MDS
  • Fixed Platforms
  • Modular Platforms

2. Describing Cisco MDS Architecture

  • Store-and-Forward Architecture
  • High Availability
  • Redundancy

3. Describing Storage Technologies

  • Fibre Channel
  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Over Fibre Channel
  • Fibre Channel Over IP
  • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet

4. Managing Cisco MDS Switches

  • Cisco Data Center Network Manager
  • Cisco NX-OS CLI
  • Cisco NX-API

5. Describing and Using Cisco MDS Key Features

  • Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs)
  • Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Port Channels
  • Slow-Drain Device and Path Analysis Using Congestion Control Mechanisms
  • N Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Zoning
  • Smart Zoning
  • SAN Analytics and Telemetry Streaming
  • Diagnostics Toolbox
  • SAN Extension
  • Other Differentiate or Features

Lab Outline

  • Perform Initial MDS Configuration
  • Set Up DCNM
  • Configure VSANs and Interfaces in Cisco DCNM
  • Configure Port Channels in Cisco DCNM
  • Configure Device Aliases and Zoning
  • Configure SAN Analytics and SAN Telemetry Streaming
  • Use CLI for Basic Monitoring

Audience

Technical decision-makers and professionals who architect, implement, or manage data center SAN environments, including:

  • Solutions architects
  • Datacenter architects
  • Network architects
  • Systems engineers
  • Datacenter engineers
  • Network engineers
  • Technical decision-makers
  • Cisco integrators and partners

Prerequisites

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

Certification

Data Center

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