Cisco DCICT 1.0 – Virtualizing Storage and Servers

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Virtualization of storage helps to provide location independence by abstracting the physical location of the data. This course describes how storage is virtualized for high availability and configuration flexibility and the benefits of server virtualization in the data center. You will learn how RAID groups and LUNs virtualize storage for high availability and configuration flexibility. 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 towards 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

90 min.

Course Objectives

Course Introduction

LUN Storage Virtualization

  • describe characteristics of logical unit number (LUN) storage virtualization
  • Storage Services for SANs

  • compare server and volume management
  • LUN Mapping and LUN Masking

  • describe the methods used in preventing SAN volumes from being accessed by multiple file systems
  • Storage System Virtualization

  • describe the benefits of storage virtualization
  • Storage System Virtualization Comparisons

  • differentiate between host-based, array-based, and network-based virtualization
  • Symmetric Virtualization

  • compare asymmetric with symmetric virtualization
  • Network-Based Storage Virtualization

  • describe how network-based storage virtualization overcomes the challenges of traditional SAN management solutions
  • Virtualized Server Environments

  • describe the benefits of server virtualization
  • Hypervisor-Abstraction Layer (Part 1)

  • describe the tasks performed by a hypervisor
  • Hypervisor-Abstraction Layer (Part 2)

  • identify the benefits VMs have compared to physical devices
  • What is Virtualization?

  • describe available data center server virtualization solutions
  • ESX and ESXi

  • describe how ESX and ESXi are used for data center virtualization deployments
  • VMware Server

  • recognize the VMware components
  • VMware in the Data Center

  • identify the benefits VMware provides within a data center environment
  • Microsoft Hyper-V R2 Deployment

  • describe Microsoft Hyper-V as an alternative to VMware virtualization products
  • Exercise: Reviewing Virtualization Solutions