The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) exam (300-160) is a 90-minute, 60–70 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Cisco data center infrastructure design pertaining to deployment requirements and options for network connectivity, infrastructure, storage network, compute connectivity, and compute resource parameters. The course, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v6 (DCID), helps candidates to prepare for this exam because the content is aligned with the exam topics.
The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the guidelines below may change at any time without notice.
1.0 Data Center Network Connectivity Design
1.1 Evaluate options for Layer 2 connectivity to meet deployment requirements in the data center
1.2 Evaluate options for Layer 3 connectivity to meet deployment requirements in the data center
2.0 Data Center Infrastructure Design
2.1 Evaluate data center protocols to meet deployment requirements
2.2 Evaluate options for orchestration and management in a data center
2.3 Evaluate options for device and routing virtualization in a data center
2.4 Evaluate options for interconnecting data centers
3.0 Data Center Storage Network Design
3.1 Plan for iSCSI deployment in the data center
3.2 Evaluate QoS requirements in the data center
3.3 Determine FCoE/ Fibre Channel interface parameters based on data center requirements
3.4 Evaluate SAN Topology options in the data center
4.0 Data Center Compute Connectivity Design
4.1 Evaluate options for Ethernet connectivity to meet deployment requirements in a data center
4.2 Evaluate options for storage connectivity to meet deployment requirements in a data center
5.0 Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design
5.1 Evaluate options for orchestration and automation in the data center
5.2 Evaluate options for management network in a data center
5.3 Evaluate options for network device virtualization in a data center
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