Cisco DCICT 1.0 – Comparing Storage Connectivity Options in the Data Center

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Selecting a remote server storage option for the data center requires the ability to compare Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI), Fibre Channel, and network-attached storage (NAS) connectivity for remote server storage options. In this course, you will learn how to compare the three storage-connectivity options that are used in the data center. 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.

Target Audience

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

30 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

File-Based Protocols (Part 1)

  • describe the characteristics of file-based protocols
  • File-Based Protocols (Part 2)

  • describe the characteristics of block-based protocols
  • Network File System

  • identify platforms that support the network file system
  • NFS Overview

  • describe how the NFS protocol transports data between servers and remote storage devices
  • SCSI Overview

  • describe SCSI technology
  • SCSI Protocol

  • describe how the SCSI protocol transports data between servers and remote storage devices
  • Fibre Channel Overview

  • describe the benefits of using the Fibre Channel
  • Fibre Channel Frame Structure

  • describe the characteristics of the Fibre Channel frame structure
  • Fibre Channel Frames – ULP Information Transfer (Part 1)

  • describe SCSI-FCP read operation
  • Fibre Channel Frames – ULP Information Transfer (Part 2)

  • describe SCSI-FCP write operation
  • Fibre Channel HBAs

  • identify how host bus adapters (HBAs) maximize performance
  • iSCSI Protocol Overview

  • describe how the iSCSI protocol provides an interoperable solution
  • iSCSI Concepts

  • describe iSCSI concepts
  • iSCSI Node Names

  • identify iSCSI node name formats
  • Software-Based iSCSI Model

  • describe the software-based iSCSI model
  • Storage Technologies

  • match storage characteristics to their storage type
  • Exercise: Selecting a Storage Connectivity Solution