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DCSNSRNX-OSv504 Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions **Running NX-OS v5.0.4**

Network Training Course Description:
Designing Cisco Storage Networking Solutions (DCSNS) v4.2 is a five-day hands-on workshop that provides learners with advanced skills in designing Cisco storage networks. Students will learn about the key features of the Cisco MDS 9000 platform and how to leverage these features to build highly available, extensible, intelligent SANs with connectivity to Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches and Cisco Unified Computing System in a unified fabric. This course includes hands-on labs to familiarize students with basic MDS 9000 configuration procedures and design workshops where students will learn to design multiprotocol enterprise SANs and SAN extension solutions.
Network Training Course Duration:
5 DAYS
Network Training Course Target Audience:
Customer systems engineers,Partner systems engineers,Cisco engineers
Network Training Course Prerequisite:
Basic understanding of data storage hardware components and protocols, including Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI) and Fibre Channel: Recommended: Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) certification training,Basic understanding of IP networking concepts: Recommended: Cisco CCNA® certification
Course Content:

  • Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Platform Components

    • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Directors and Switches
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Line Card Modules
    • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Supervisor Modules
    • Cisco MDS 9500 Series Crossbar Fabric Modules

  • Understanding Cisco MDS 9000 Series System Architecture

    • Supervisor and Crossbar Module Architecture
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Line Card Module Architecture
    • Virtual Output Queues
    • Port Bandwidth Reservation
    • Credits and Buffers
    • Line Card Recommended Practices

  • Describing the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch

    • I/O Consolidation
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switches
    • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series Switch Expansion Modules
    • Converged Network Adapters
    • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series Fabric Extender
    • Cisco Nexus 4000 Series Blade Switch

  • Understanding the Cisco Unified Computing System

    • Cisco Unified Computing System Development
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Components
    • Cisco UCS C-Series Components
    • Cisco Unified Computing System Deployment

  • Using Intelligent Fabric Services

    • SAN Scalability Features
    • VSAN and Virtual Fabrics
    • DPVM Membership
    • NPV Mode
    • N Port ID Virtualization
    • SDV Features
    • FlexAttach Configuration Management
    • Multiprotocol Support
    • High-Availability Features
    • Traffic Engineering Features
    • MDS 9000 Series Security Features
    • Cisco Fabric Services Infrastructure

  • Implementing Software Packages and Licensing

    • Standard License Cisco MDS 9000 Series Optional Licenses License-Free Period

  • Implementing Integrated Management

    • Cisco NX-OS
    • Command-Line Interface
    • Cisco Fabric Manager
    • Cisco Device Manager
    • Cisco Fabric Manager Server
    • Cisco Performance Manager and Cisco Traffic Analyzer

  • Configuring the Initial Switch Setup

    • System Memory Areas
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Boot Sequence
    • Initial Setup Process
    • Installing Cisco Fabric Manager

  • Describing the SAN Design Process

    • Business Requirements
    • Flows and Dependencies
    • SAN Major Design Factors

  • Designing N-Tier Application Architectures

    • Application Tiers
    • Presentation Tier Design
    • Application Tier Design
    • Data Storage Tier Design

  • Designing Host Connectivity

    • Applications and Latency
    • IOPS Measurement
    • Host I/O Bottlenecks
    • PCI Bus Limitations
    • Optimum Port Type Selection
    • Virtual Server Overview
    • Virtual Server Design Requirements

  • Designing Storage Connectivity

    • Storage Array Architecture Overview
    • Storage Array Bottlenecks
    • RAID Overview
    • Optimum Port Type Selection
    • FCoE-Compliant Storage Devices
    • LUN Masking and LUN Mapping
    • Single Initiator Zoning
    • LUN Zoning

  • Building a SAN

    • Single-Tier Design
    • Multitier Design
    • Core-Edge Topology
    • Collapsed Core Architecture
    • PortChannels
    • Switch Port Type Selection

  • Designing Redundant Fabrics

    • Redundancy and High Availability
    • Load-Balancing Methods
    • Throughput Calculation
    • Restricted Bandwidth
    • Virtual Fabrics
    • IVR Overview
    • Use of IVR for Sharing Resources

  • Describing SAN Migration and Interoperability

    • SAN Migration Strategies
    • Interoperability
    • Data Migration Solutions
    • Cisco DMM

  • Describing Consolidation and Virtualization

    • Storage Consolidation and Virtualization Basics
    • Network Consolidation and Virtualization
    • Server Consolidation and Virtualization
    • Storage Consolidation
    • Storage Virtualization
    • FAIS Overview
    • Storage Virtualization Example

  • Explaining Traffic Engineering

    • Cisco Trunking Feature
    • Path Selection
    • Fibre Channel QoS

  • Describing SAN Design with Unified I/O

    • File-Based Protocols
    • Block-Based Protocols
    • iSCSI Overview
    • iSCSI Host Connection via iSCSI Gateway
    • Cisco MDS 9000 Series iSCSI Options
    • Unified I/O and DCB
    • Multiprotocol Host Connection via Unified I/O
    • Unified Storage Device Connection
    • Performance Comparisons

  • Describing Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity

    • RTO and RPO
    • Recovery Methods
    • Latency and Distance Limitations
    • Data Protection
    • Array-Based Replication
    • Synchronous and Asynchronous Replication
    • Appliance-Based Replication

  • Designing SAN Extension Connectivity with Optical Networks

    • Dark Fiber
    • Coarse Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
    • CWDM Topologies
    • Dense Wavelength-Division Multiplexing
    • WDM Topologies
    • ONET and SDH

  • Designing SAN Extension over FCIP

    • FCIP Protocol Overview
    • Gigabit Ethernet Port Logical Structure
    • FCIP Topologies
    • SAN Extension Solutions Comparison

  • Improving Performance and Availability

    • FCIP Performance Tuning Basics
    • FCIP Write Acceleration
    • Tape Acceleration
    • Tape Read Acceleration
    • I/O Accelerator Feature
    • TCP Performance Tuning
    • Packet Shaping
    • FCIP Compression
    • Availability Improvement
    • WAN Security Improvement

  • Securing the SAN Fabric

    • SAN Security Vulnerabilities
    • Management Security
    • Role-Based Access Control
    • AAA Overview
    • Centralized Authentication

  • Describing Storage Security Features

    • Fibre Channel Zoning Overview
    • Read-Only Zoning and LUN Zoning
    • Port Security
    • Fabric Security
    • Fibre Channel Link-Level Encryption
    • Encryption of Data at Rest

  • Lab Outline

    • Activity 1-1: Selecting the Optimum Line Card
    • Lab 1-1: Quick Start Switch Configuration
    • Case Study 2-1: Designing a Fibre Channel SAN
    • Case Study 2-2: Designing an Enterprise SAN
    • Lab 3-1: Configuring FCIP High Availability
    • Lab 3-2: Implementing IVR for SAN Extension
    • Case Study 3-1: Designing a SAN Extension Solution