CISCO CCNP 642-998 DCUCD

Cisco CCNP Data Center Program

Description

Cisco Certified Network Professional certification validates advance knowledge and skills required to integrate into underlying network architectures. Furthermore, this certification validates a robust set of skills in implementing, operating, configuring, and troubleshooting a converged IP network.

With a CCNP Data Center certification, a network professional can create a collaborative solution that is transparent, scalable, and manageable.

On October 19, 2010, Cisco announced the evolution of the CCDC certification, renaming it CCNP Data Center. The new CCNP Data Center certification reflects alignment to Cisco’s Data Center solutions portfolio and aligns it with the latest courses and exams.

Course Syllabus

  • Describe the Design Methodology (13%)

    Describe developing business trends

    Identify business requirements driving the data center design

    Determine the requirements needed to create a data center solution

    Describe the tools/process to characterize an existing data center

    Describe the top down approach to network design

  • Describe Data Center Structure and Modularity (17%)

    Describe network architectures for the data center

    • LAN
    • SAN

    Describe the modular approach in network design

    Describe the data center core layer

    Describe the data center aggregation layer

    Describe the data center access layer

    Identify design considerations for connectivity between data centers

    Identify the environments that use a Cisco data center virtualization solution

    Identify the migration plan from existing to new infrastructure

  • Describe the Technologies Used within the Data Center (17%)

    Describe switching protocols used in a data center network

    Describe IPv4/IPv6 Addressing

    Identify routing protocol considerations in a data center

    Describe how various data center protocols impact the design of a data center network

    Describe data center server deployment topologies

    Describe how traffic flows may impact the design of a data center network

    Describe methods for deploying an energy efficient data center

    Describe data center virtualization technologies

    Determine when to use each technology within a data center solution

    Describe high availability design in the data center

  • Design the Access Layer of a Data Center (17%)

    Select appropriate platforms and modules in the data center access layer

    Identify scalability, availability, performance, and connectivity requirements in the data center access layer

    Design for traffic flows in the data center access layer

    Design a cabling plan and topology for the data center access layer

    Design virtualization into the data center access layer

  • Design Virtualization Solution using Cisco UCS (13%)

    Gather historical performance characteristics for the network, compute and storage components of the data center.

    Given a particular set of data center applications and servers, identify the number of physical machines necessary to create a Cisco virtualized data center solution

    Given a particular set of data center applications and servers, identify the networking requirements to create a Cisco virtualized data center solution

    Describe the deployment of pass-thru switching (PTS) and integration with vCenter

    Specify the infrastructure needed to deploy a specified Cisco data center virtualization solution

    Deploy operating systems

    Specify the UCS components of solution design

    Identify Cisco technologies to mitigate security vulnerabilities

    Secure data center network connectivity

    Secure the data center infrastructure

  • Design Network Management Considerations into a Data Center (23%)

    Describe the common industry and Cisco-specific data center network management tools

    Design a network data collection strategy for a data center