Cisco DCICT 1.0 – Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric

This course is targeted toward data center network engineers and learners embarking on a network administration or engineering career who wish to understand all the components that make up a real-world data center. In addition, anyone interested in the DCICT CCNA Data Center certification exam will benefit from this course. This course offers the official training for the Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (640-916 DCICT) certification exam which is a component exam for the CCNA Data Center certification.


Expected Duration
144 minutes

When designing the datacenter, it is important to have an understanding of the function and operation of Cisco data center unified fabric technologies, IEEE standards, connectivity options, and the role of Network Interface Virtualization. In this course, you will learn how to describe the function and verify correct operation of Cisco data center unified fabric technologies. You will be able to describe Data Center Bridging (DCB) and the IEEE standards that allow a lossless Fibre Channel fabric to be transported over Ethernet. You will learn how to identify connectivity options for connecting the converged network adapter (CNA) to Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches and for connecting the switch to upstream LAN and SAN environments. Finally, you will learn how to describe the role of Network Interface Virtualization (NIV) with the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE fabric extender in Data Center Bridging (DCB) and Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) deployments. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for Cisco exam 640-916: Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies.


Describing DCB

  • start the course
  • describe how I/O consolidation reduces costs and management complexity in the data center
  • identify the requirements for carrying FCoE traffic
  • describe the function of an FCoE Logical End Point
  • describe the operation of a fibre channel forwarder
  • describe how FCoE initialization protocol (FIP) establishes and maintains Fibre Channel virtual links between pairs of FCoE devices
  • identify the features and functions of a virtual expansion (VE) port
  • identify the IEEE standards that enable FCoE
  • describe how PFC allows lossless Ethernet fabric links
  • describe how ETS contributes to a lossless Ethernet fabric
  • describe how Data Center Bridging Exchange Protocol (DCBX) allows capability queries between FCoE Forwarders

Nexus 5000 Series FCoE Connectivity Options

  • identify the types of small form-factor pluggable (SFP) modules
  • describe the features and benefits of twinax cabling
  • recognize the function of a Fabric Extender Transceiver (FET)
  • recognize best practices for transceiver selection
  • describe the capabilities of the UCS P81E virtual interface card
  • recognize commonly implemented adapter-FEX topologies
  • describe upstream LAN connections to the Layer 3 LAN domain and the Fibre Channel SAN edge switch

FCoE Scalability with Nexus 2232 Fabric Extenders

  • describe how the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE fabric extender increases the scalability of FCoE deployments
  • identify the FEX deployment models
  • compare the FEX deployment options on the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE fabric extender
  • describe the technology used to identify remotely connected devices through the Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE fabric extender
  • describe packet processing on a Cisco Nexus 2000 Series fabric extender
  • verify Cisco Nexus 2232 10GE fabric extender connectivity

Practice: Functions of Cisco Fabric

  • describe the function of Cisco data center unified fabric technologies





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