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Cisco CCNA Data Center: Nexus, Advanced Switching & SAN

by Chris Wahl

A course focused on several topics tested in the 640-916 exam required for the CCNA Data Center.

What you'll learn

The CCNA Data Center covers a wide range of technologies found in the data center. In this course, we dive deep into LAN architecture with the Cisco Nexus line of switches, their specific use cases, and how to perform initial setup and configuration. We'll also look at advanced switching techniques, such as Virtual Port Channels, FabricPath, and Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs). Finally, we'll switch gears and focus on Storage Area Network (SAN) design and implementation with the Cisco MDS line of switches, including port types, Virtual SAN (VSAN), zoning, masking, and Fabric Login (FLOGI).

Course FAQ

What is Cisco CCNA Data Center?

The Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center) is a training and certification program for data center network administrators. It is intended to help you provide data center solutions and increase the value of your data center network.

What will I learn in this course?

In this course you will learn about several topics in the 640-916 exam for the CCNA Data Center, including:

  • LAN & network architecture
  • Introduction to FabricPath
  • Virtual Port Channels (vPC)
  • Nexus Switch overview and product family
  • Modular switch architecture
  • Advanced switching concepts
  • Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • SAN design and implementation
  • Much more
Who should take this course?

This course is excellent for anyone who wants to prepare for the CCNA Data Center. Anyone who wants to pass the 640-916 exam will find the topics in this course extremely helpful.

Are there prerequisites to this course?

There are no prerequisites for this course, but the material is more intermediate level, so come focused and ready to learn! Some experience with Cisco will help.

About the author

Chris Wahl has acquired over a decade of IT experience in enterprise infrastructure design, implementation, and administration. He has provided architectural and engineering expertise in a variety of virtualization, data center, and cloud based engagements while working with high performance technical teams on global reaching environments. As an independent author of the award winning Wahl Network blog, Chris focuses on creating content that revolves around virtualization, automation, infrast... more

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