Course info
Jul 13, 2017
1h 37m

Enterprise networks are growing ever larger and more complex, and the "nerve center" of these networks is the data center. In this course, Data Center Infrastructure for CCNA Data Center, you will learn about the Cisco hardware that makes up a modern data center. You will learn the basics of network design and how it has changed from the traditional three-tier model; you'll also learn about the networking and server hardware that Cisco offers for the modern data center. Then, you'll wrap up the course with an overview of the Cisco UCS Manager tool. When you're finished with this course, you will have a foundational understanding of data center class hardware that will help you as you study for the CCNA Data Center exams.

About the author
About the author

Greg is a networking professional, proficient in voice, data, and Windows networking.

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Section Introduction Transcripts
Section Introduction Transcripts

Course Overview
Hello and welcome to the Data Center Infrastructure for CCNA Data Center course. My name is Greg Dickinson and I'll be your instructor as you go throughout this course. This course is designed to cover the Cisco hardware options that are available for the modern data center and how best to position this hardware within the overall network infrastructure. In this course, you will start off with the basics of network design, how networking has changed with the advent of Cloud technologies of distributed applications and how you must design the data center to most effectively service those needs. Then you will move on to the Cisco Nexus switching platform. You will go through the various models of Nexus switches and discuss their hardware capabilities and their optimal usage within the data center. You will then turn to the server hardware, such as the Cisco UCSB series and C series servers, and discuss the differences between the various hardware configurations for both blade and rack mount servers. And, finally, you will end up with an overview of the UCS manager platform, where you will learn how to gather information on the managed servers within that platform, and perform basic configuration within the UCS manager. This course will help you prepare for the CCNA Data Center Exams and is just one of several in that learning track. I hope you enjoy the course and have as much fun learning the material as I had making it.

Course Discussion and Data Center Cabling
Welcome into data center infrastructure for CCNA data center. I'm your friendly neighborhood instructor, Greg Dickinson. And in this first module, we're going to give a brief overview of what we're going to talk about in this course, and we're going to go over the different types of data center cabling. First off, we're going to talk about the hardware that makes data centers run, and this is at a hardware level. There are other courses in the certification track where we talk about how to actually configure the networking and the switches, and cover all of the topics that the CCNA data center exam requires. But like any good network, or house, or anything you're going to build, its best start at the base level at the foundation, and that's where we're at, when we talk about the hardware that makes data centers run. Specifically networking, we're going to talk about cabling and networking hardware, the Cisco Nexus switches that make up most modern Cisco run data centers. We're not going to talk about the configuration, because, again, that is for another course in the certification track. We will then delve into server hardware. We'll talk about blade versus chassis servers, and then we'll delve a little bit into the Cisco UCS platform for their blade management. We'll then round out our course with a demo of a UCS platform configuration, again, a very basic configuration just to kind of get your feet wet in the UCS management console.