Mar
19

After the early snafu with Cisco releasing the CCIE DC CiscoLive slides last week they now are now officially making the announcement.

https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/community/certifications/ccie_data_center

I’ll update this post once I’d have more time to digest this but my first opinion is that it looks really expensive to say the very least.

** UPDATE Cisco lists a 5148 Blade Chassis when it should actually be a 5108.

Hardware Blueprint:

Cisco Catalyst Switch 3750
Cisco 2511 Terminal Server
MDS 9222i
Nexus7009
- (1) Sup
- (1) 32 Port 10Gb (F1 Module)
- (1) 32 Port 10Gb (M1 Module)
Nexus5548
Nexus2232
Nexus 1000v
UCS C200 Series Server
– vic card for c-series
UCS-6248 Fabric Interconnects
UCS-5148 Blade Chassis (Actually 5108)
– B200 M2 Blade Servers
– Palo mezzanine card
– Emulex mezzanine card
Cisco Application Control Engine Appliance – ACE4710
Dual attached JBODs

Software Versions
NXOS v6.0(2) on Nexus 7000 Switches
NXOS v5.1(3) on Nexus 5000 Switches
NXOS v4.2(1) on Nexus 1000v
NXOS v5.2(2) on MDS 9222i Switches
UCS Software release 2.0(1x) for UCS-6248 Fabric Interconnect
Software Release A5(1.0) for ACE 4710
Cisco Data Center Manager software v5.2(2)

Lab Blueprint:

Cisco Data Center Infrastructure – NXOS
Implement NXOS L2 functionality
Implement VLANs and PVLANs
Implement Spanning-Tree Protocols
Implement Port-Channels
Implement Unidirectional Link Detection (UDLD)
Implement Fabric Extension via the Nexus family

Implement NXOS L3 functionality
Implement Basic EIGRP in Data Center Environment
Implement Basic OSPF in Data Center Environment
Implement BFD for Dynamic Routing protocols
Implement ECMP
Implement FabricPath

Implement Basic NXOS Security Features
Implement AAA Services
Implement SNMPv3
Configure IP ACLs, MAC ACLs and VLAN ACLs
Configure Port Security
Configure DHCP Snooping
Configure Dynamic ARP Inspection
Configure IP Source Guard
Configure Cisco TrustSec

Implement NXOS High Availability Features
Implement First-Hop Routing Protocols
Implement Graceful Restart
Implement nonstop forwarding
Implement Port-channels
Implement vPC and VPC+
Implement Overlay Transport Protocol (OTV)

Implement NXOS Management
Implement SPAN and ERSPAN
Implement NetFlow
Implement Smart Call Home
Manage System Files
Implement NTP, PTP
Configure and Verify DCNM Functionality

NXOS Troubleshooting
Utilize SPAN, ERSPAN and EthAnalyzer to troubleshoot a Cisco Nexus problem
Utilize NetFlow to troubleshoot a Cisco Nexus problem
Given an OTV problem, identify the problem and potential fix
Given a VDC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
Given a vPC problem, identify the problem and potential fix
Given an Layer 2 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
Given an Layer 3 problem, identify the problem and potential fix
Given a multicast problem, identify the problem and potential fix
Given a FabricPath problem, identify the problem and potential fix
Given a Unified Fabric problem, identify the problem and potential fix

Cisco Storage Networking
Implement Fiber Channel Protocols Features
Implement Port Channel, ISL and Trunking
Implement VSANs
Implement Basic and Enhanced Zoning
Implement FC Domain Parameters
Implement Fiber Channel Security Features
Implement Proper Oversubscription in an FC environment

Implement IP Storage Based Solution
Implement IP Features including high availability
Implement iSCSI including advanced features
Implement SAN Extension tuner
Implement FCIP and Security Features
Implement iSCSI security features
Validate proper configuration of IP Storage based solutions

Implement NXOS Unified Fabric Features
Implement basic FC in NXOS environment
Implement Fiber channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Implement NPV and NPIV features
Implement Unified Fabric Switch different modes of operation
Implement QoS Features
Implement FCoE NPV features
Implement multihop FCoE
Validate Configurations and Troubleshoot problems and failures using Command Line, show and debug commands.

Cisco Data Center Virtualization
Manage Data Center Virtualization with Nexus1000v
Implement QoS, Traffic Flow and IGMP Snooping
Implement Network monitoring on Nexus 1000v
Implement n1kv portchannels
Troubleshoot Nexus 1000V in a virtual environment
Configure VLANs
Configure PortProfiles

Implement Nexus1000v Security Features
DHCP Snooping
Dynamic ARP Inspection
IP Source Guard
Port Security
Access Control Lists
Private VLANs
Configuring Private VLANs

Cisco Unified Computing
Implement LAN Connectivity in a Unified Computing Environment
Configure different Port types
Implement Ethernet end Host Mode
Implement VLANs and Port Channels.
Implement Pinning and PIN Groups
Implement Disjoint Layer 2

Implement SAN Connectivity in a Unified Computing Environment
Implement FC ports for SAN Connectivity
Implement VSANs
Implement FC Port Channels
Implement FC Trunking and SAN pinning

Implement Unified Computing Server Resources
Create and Implement Service Profiles
Create and Implement Policies
Create and Implement Server Resource Pools
Implement Updating and Initial Templates
Implement Boot From remote storage
Implement Fabric Failover

Implement UCS Management tasks
Implement Unified Computing Management Hierarchy using ORG and RBAC
Configure RBAC Groups
Configure Remote RBAC Configuration
Configure Roles and Privileges
Create and Configure Users
Implement Backup and restore procedures in a unified computing environment
Implement system wide policies

Unified Computing Troubleshooting and Maintenance
Manage High Availability in a Unified Computing environment
Configure Monitoring and analysis of system events
Implement External Management Protocols
Collect Statistical Information
Firmware management
Collect TAC specific information
Implement Server recovery tasks

Cisco Application Networking Services – ANS
Implement Data Center application high availability and load balancing
Implement standard ACE features for load balancing
Configuring Server Load Balancing Algorithm
Configure different SLB deployment modes
Implement Health Monitoring
Configure Sticky Connections
Implement Server load balancing in HA mode

About Brian Dennis, CCIE #2210:

Brian Dennis has been in the networking industry for more than 22 years, with a focus on Cisco networking for the past 16 years. Brian achieved his first CCIE in Routing & Switching in 1996, and is currently the only ten year CCIE that holds five CCIE certifications. Prior to working with INE, Brian taught and developed CCIE preparation courses for various well known training organizations. Brian not only brings his years of teaching experience to the classroom, but also years of real world enterprise and service provider experience.

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6 Responses to “CCIE Data Center Officially Announced (CCIE DC)”

 
  1. Peter Revill says:

    Hi Guys

    I am in cisco live Melbourne and i am booked for this breakout session, see below my blog:

    http://www.ccierants.com/

    Please post on the comments section any questions you might have and ill be sure to ask them for you

  2. Alessio Andreoli says:

    I swear,
    if you will provide this track too… I’ll go for it after SP!!!!

    Alessio

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  4. Raul Frias says:

    In the announcement did they say anything about the EoL for CCIE Storage Networking?

  5. Deepak Arora says:

    Would be nice if they could add up WAAS and FWSM in DC track and Iron Port in Sec track now. Also CCIP track need to be redone and taking things out like cell mode .

    • Robert says:

      FWSM would require either 6500 or 7600 (expensive), however since we have N1000v Cisco can easily add vASA and vWAAS.

 

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