CCNP Datacenter

Introducing the new CCNP DATACENTER certification
New exams go live on February 24, 2020


Overview
The new CCNP Data Center certification program prepares you for today’s professional-level job roles in data center technologies.
CCNP Data Center now includes automation and programmability to help you scale your data center infrastructure.
One of the industry’s most respected certifications, CCNP validates the core knowledge you need while giving you the flexibility to choose a focus area.
And now every exam in the CCNP Data Center program earns an individual Specialist certification, so you get recognized for your accomplishments along the way.

To earn CCNP Data Center, you pass two exams:  A core exam and a data center concentration exam of your choice.
The core exam,
Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR 350-601),

  •  Focuses on your knowledge of data center infrastructure.
  • You can prepare for this exam by taking the training course, Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR).
  • The core exam is also the qualifying exam for CCIE Data Center certification. Passing this exam helps toward earning both of these certifications.

Concentration exams
Focus on emerging and industry-specific topics. You can prepare for concentration exams by taking their corresponding Cisco training courses.
Choose your CCNP Data Center concentration exam from these options:

  • Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID 300-610)
  • Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT 300-615)
  • Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI 300-620)
  • Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (DCSAN 300-625)
  • Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUTO 300-635)

REQUIRED EXAM
Core Exam:
350-601 DCCOR           Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies

Concentration Exams (choose one):
300-610 DCID                                                Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure
300-615 DCIT                                 Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure
300-620 DCACI                            Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure
300-625 DCSAN                          Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking
300-635 DCAUTO                       Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions

 

Currently we are offering the below Courses in Video Trainings. You can also find some sample Videos at our YouTube Channel.

Implementing and Operating Cisco Data Center Core Technologies (DCCOR 350-601)

  • Exam Number                                                350-601 DCCOR
  • First date to test:                           February 24, 2020
  • Duration:                                            120 minutes
  • Available Languages:                                 English
  • Exam Registration:                      Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Data Center
  • CCIE Data Center
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Cisco Data Center Core

Exam Description
This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of implementing core data center technologies including

  • Network,
  • Compute
  • Storage network
  • Automation
  • Security.

Course Content
1.0 Network      25%
1.1 Apply routing protocols

  • 1.1.a OSPFv2, OSPFv3
  • 1.1.b MP-BGP
  • 1.1.c PIM
  • 1.1.d FHRP

1.2 Apply switching protocols such as RSTP+, LACP and vPC
1.3 Apply overlay protocols such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
1.4 Apply ACI concepts

  • 1.4.a Fabric setup
  • 1.4.b Access policies
  • 1.4.c VMM
  • 1.4.d Tenant policies

1.5 Analyze packet flow (unicast, multicast, and broadcast)
1.6 Analyze Cloud service and deployment models (NIST 800-145)
1.7 Describe software updates and their impacts                                         

  • 1.7.a Disruptive / nondisruptive
  • 1.7.b EPLD
  • 1.7.c Patches

1.8 Implement network configuration management
1.9 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as NetFlow and SPAN
1.10 Explain network assurance concepts such as streaming telemetry

2.0 Compute                     25%
2.1 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Rack Servers
2.2 Implement Cisco Unified Compute System Blade Chassis

  • 2.2.a Initial setup
  • 2.2.b Infrastructure management
  • 2.2.c Network management (VLANs, pools and policies, templates, QoS)
  • 2.2.d Storage management (SAN connectivity, Fibre Channel zoning, VSANs, WWN pools, SAN policies, templates)
  • 2.2.e Server management (Server pools and boot policies)

2.3 Explain HyperFlex Infrastructure Concepts and benefits (Edge and Hybrid Architecture vs all-flash)
2.4 Describe firmware and software updates and their impacts on B-Series and C-Series servers
2.5 Implement compute configuration management (Backup and restore)
2.6 Implement infrastructure monitoring such as SPAN and Intersight

3.0 Storage Network                   20%
3.1 Implement Fibre Channel

  • 3.1.a Switch fabric initialization
  • 3.1.b Port channels
  • 3.1.c FCID
  • 3.1.d CFS
  • 3.1.e Zoning
  • 3.1.f FCNS
  • 3.1.g Device alias
  • 3.1.h NPV and NPIV
  • 3.1.i VSAN

3.2 Implement FCoE Unified Fabric (FIP and DCB)
3.3 Describe NFS and NAS concepts
3.4 Describe software updates and their impacts (Disruptive/nondisruptive and EPLD)
3.5 Implement infrastructure monitoring
4.0 Automation               15%
4.1 Implement automation and scripting tools

  • 4.1.a EEM
  • 4.1.b Scheduler
  • 4.1.c Bash Shell and Guest Shell for NX-OS
  • 4.1.d REST API
  • 4.1.e JSON and XML encodings

4.2 Evaluate automation and orchestration technologies

  • 4.2.a Ansible
  • 4.2.b Puppet
  • 4.2.c Python
  • 4.2.d POAP
  • 4.2.e DCNM
  • 4.2.f UCSD
  • 4.2.g PowerShell

5.0 Security                      15%
5.1 Apply network security

  • 5.1.a AAA and RBAC
  • 5.1.b ACI contracts and microsegmentation
  • 5.1.c First-hop security features such as dynamic ARP inspection (DAI), DHCP snooping, and port security
  • 5.1.d CoPP

5.2 Apply compute security

  • 5.2.a AAA and RBAC
  • 5.2.b Keychain authentication

5.3 Apply storage security

  • 5.3.a AAA and RBAC
  • 5.3.b Port security
  • 5.3.c Fabric binding

Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID 300-610)

  • Exam Number:                            300-610 DCID
  • First date to test:                        February 24, 2020
  • Duration:                                          90 minutes
  • Available Languages:            English
  • Exam Registration:                   Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Data Center Design

Exam Description
This exam certifies a candidate's knowledge of data center infrastructure design including

  • Network
  • Compute
  • Storage network
  • Automation.

 

Course Content
1.0 Network Design   35%
1.1 Evaluate options for Layer 2 connectivity

  • 1.1.a Endpoint mobility
  • 1.1.b Redundancy/high availability
  • 1.1.c Convergence
  • 1.1.d Services insertion

1.2 Evaluate options for Layer 3 connectivity

  • 1.2.a IP mobility
  • 1.2.b Redundancy / high availability (graceful restart, NSF)
  • 1.2.c Convergence
  • 1.2.d Services insertion (load balancing, security)

1.3 Evaluate data center technologies such as vPC/vPC+
1.4 Evaluate options for interconnecting data centers such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
1.5 Evaluate options for device and routing virtualization

  • 1.5.a VDC
  • 1.5.b VRF (standard, VXLAN EVPN tenant)

1.6 Evaluate in-band and out-of-band options for management
1.7 Evaluate redundancy options such as active/active and disaster recovery site
2.0 Compute Design 25%
2.1 Evaluate options for Ethernet connectivity

  • 2.1.a Redundancy / high availability
  • 2.1.b Bandwidth (oversubscription)
  • 2.1.c Fabric interconnect operation mode (switch mode, end host mode)

2.2 Evaluate options for storage connectivity

  • 2.2.a Bandwidth (port-channels, oversubscription)
  • 2.2.b Fabric interconnect operation mode (switch mode, end host mode)
  • 2.2.c Direct-attached storage (appliance, FC storage, and FCoE ports)

2.3 Evaluate options for network device virtualization in a data center (Cisco VIC adapters)

  • 2.3.a Number of interfaces vs. IOM uplinks
  • 2.3.b vCon placement policies
  • 2.3.c Ethernet adaptor policies
  • 2.3.d Fibre Channel adapter policies

2.4 Evaluate options for hyperconverged infrastructure

  • 2.4.a Cluster mode
  • 2.4.b HX for virtual server
  • 2.4.c Desktop virtualization

3.0 Storage Network Design             20%
3.1 Plan for iSCSI deployment in a data center (Multipathing and addressing schemes)
3.2 Evaluate QoS requirements in a data center

  • 3.2.a Fibre Channel
  • 3.2.b FCoE
  • 3.2.c FCIP
  • 3.2.d iSCSI

3.3 Determine FCoE/ Fibre Channel interface

  • 3.3.a Dedicated and shared mode
  • 3.3.b Port types
  • 3.3.c ISL
  • 3.3.d Oversubscription

3.4 Evaluate SAN topology options
4.0 Automation Design 20%
4.1 Evaluate options for network orchestration and automation

  • 4.1.a DCNM
  • 4.1.b Intersight
  • 4.1.c NX-API
  • 4.1.d Model-driven programmability
  • 4.1.e Ansible
  • 4.1.f Puppet
  • 4.1.g Python

4.2 Evaluate options for compute orchestration and automation

  • 4.2.a Service profile templates
  • 4.2.b vNIC templates
  • 4.2.c vHBA templates

4.2.d Global policies vs. local policies

Troubleshooting Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCIT 300-615)

  • Exam Number:                            300-615 DCIT
  • Duration:                                          90 minutes
  • Available Languages:            English
  • Exam Registration:                   Pearson VUE
  • First date to test:                        February 24, 2020

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Cisco Data Center Operations

Exam Description
This exam certifies a candidate's knowledge of troubleshooting a data center infrastructure including

  • Network,
  • Compute platforms
  • Storage network
  • Automation
  • Management and operations.

Course Content
1.0 Network    25%
1.1 Troubleshoot routing protocols

  • 1.1.a OSPFv2, OSPFv3
  • 1.1.b MP-BGP
  • 1.1.c PIM
  • 1.1.d FHRP (HSRP, VRRP)

1.2 Troubleshoot switching protocols, such as RSTP+, LACP, and vPC
1.3 Troubleshoot overlay protocols, such as VXLAN EVPN and OTV
1.4 Troubleshoot Application Centric Infrastructure

  • 1.4.a Fabric discovery
  • 1.4.b Access policies
  • 1.4.c VMM domain integration
  • 1.4.d Tenant policies
  • 1.4.e Packet flow (unicast, multicast, and broadcast)
  • 1.4.f External connectivity

2.0 Compute Platforms         25%
2.1 Troubleshoot Cisco Unified Computing System rack servers
2.2 Troubleshoot Cisco Unified Computing System blade chassis

  • 2.2.a Infrastructure such as chassis, power, IOM
  • 2.2.b Network (VLANs, pools and policies, templates, QoS)
  • 2.2.c Storage (SAN connectivity, FC zoning, VSANs, pools, policies, templates)
  • 2.2.d Server pools and boot policies

2.3 Troubleshoot packet flow from server to the fabric

2.4 Troubleshoot hardware interoperability

  • 2.4.a Converged Network Adapters / port expanders
  • 2.4.b Firmware
  • 2.4.c I/O modules / FEX
  • 2.4.d Fabric interconnects

2.5 Troubleshoot firmware upgrades, packages, and interoperability
3.0 Storage Network         15%
3.1 Troubleshoot Fibre Channel

  • 3.1.a Switched fabric initialization
  • 3.1.b Fibre Channel buffer credit starvation
  • 3.1.c FCID
  • 3.1.d Cisco Fabric Services
  • 3.1.e Zoning
  • 3.1.f Device alias
  • 3.1.g NPV and NPIV
  • 3.1.h VSAN

3.2 Troubleshoot FCoE Cisco Unified Fabric (FIP, DCB)
4.0 Automation  15%
4.1 Troubleshoot automation and scripting tools

  • 4.1.a EEM
  • 4.1.b Scheduler

4.2 Troubleshoot programmability

  • 4.2.a Bash shell and guest shell for NX-OS
  • 4.2.b REST API
  • 4.2.c JSON and XML encodings

5.0 Management and Operations  20%
5.1 Troubleshoot firmware upgrades, packages, and interoperability
5.2 Troubleshoot integration of centralized management
5.3 Troubleshooting network security

  • 5.3.a Fabric binding and port security
  • 5.3.b AAA and RBAC
  • 5.3.c First-hop security such as dynamic ARP, DHCP snooping, and port security
  • 5.3.d Troubleshoot CoPP

5.4 Troubleshoot ACI security domains and role mapping
5.5 Troubleshoot data center compute security

  • 5.5.a Troubleshoot AAA and RBAC
  • 5.5.b Troubleshoot key management

5.6 Troubleshoot storage security

  • 5.6.a AAA and RBAC
  • 5.6.b Port security
  • 5.6.c Fabric binding

Implementing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACI 300-620)

  • Exam Number:                                            300-620 DCACI
  • First date to test:                                        November 18, 2019
  • Duration:                                                          90 minutes
  • Available Languages:                            English
  • Exam Registration:                                   Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Cisco  Data Center ACI Implementation

Exam Description
This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of Cisco switches in ACI mode including

  • Configuration
  • Implementation
  • Management

 

Course Content
1.0 ACI Fabric Infrastructure 20%
1.1 Describe ACI topology and hardware
1.2 Describe ACI Object Model
1.3 Utilize faults, event record, and audit log
1.4 Describe ACI fabric discovery
1.5 Implement ACI policies

  • 1.5.a access
  • 1.5.b fabric

1.6 Implement ACI logical constructs

  • 1.6.a tenant
  • 1.6.b application profile
  • 1.6.c VRF
  • 1.6.d bridge domain (unicast routing, Layer 2 unknown hardware proxy, ARP flooding)
  • 1.6.e endpoint groups (EPG)
  • 1.6.f contracts (filter, provider, consumer, reverse port filter, VRF enforced)

2.0 ACI Packet Forwarding      15%
2.1 Describe endpoint learning
2.2 Implement bridge domain configuration **** (unicast routing, Layer 2 unknown hardware proxy, ARP flooding)
3.0 External Network Connectivity   20%
3.1 Implement Layer 2 out (STP/MCP basics)

3.2 Implement Layer 3 out (excludes transit routing and VRF route leaking)
4.0 Integrations      15%
4.1 Implement VMware vCenter DVS integration
4.2 Describe resolution immediacy in VMM
4.3 Implement service graph (managed and unmanaged)
5.0 ACI Management  20%
5.1 Implement out-of-band and in-band
5.2 Utilize syslog and snmp services
5.3 Implement configuration backup (snapshot/config import export)
5.4 Implement AAA and RBAC
5.5 Configure an upgrade

6.0 ACI Anywhere  10%
6.1 Describe multipod
6.2 Describe multisite

Implementing Cisco Storage Area Networking (DCSAN 300-625)

  • Exam Number:                                            300-625 DCSAN
  • First date to test:                                        February 24, 2020
  • Duration:                                                          90 minutes
  • Available Languages:                            English
  • Exam Registration:                                   Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified Specialist
  • Cisco  Data Center SAN Implementation

Exam Description
This exam certifies a candidate's knowledge of Cisco MDS 9000 series switches including

  • Deployment
  • Implementation
  • Management
  • Monitoring
  • Troubleshooting

1.0 Deployment 15%
1.1 Describe installation and initial setup

  • 1.1.a NX-OS
  • 1.1.b DCNM
  • 1.1.c POAP

1.2 Describe secure boot
2.0 Implementation  35%
2.1 Implement Fibre Channel port channels
2.2 Implement Fibre Channel protocol services

  • 2.2.a Name Service
  • 2.2.b Cisco Fabric Services (CFS)

2.3 Implement FCoE

  • 2.3.a FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP)
  • 2.3.b Priority flow control (PFC)
  • 2.3.c Enhanced transmission selection (ETS)
  • 2.3.d Data Center Bridging Exchange/Link Level Discover Protocol (LLDP)

2.4 Implement VSANs
2.5 Implement NPV and NPIV
2.6 Implement device aliases and zoning
2.7 Configure inter-VSAN routing
2.8 Implement VSAN extensions
3.0 Management and Monitoring  25%
3.1 Configure DCNM

  • 3.1a DCNM-SAN client
  • 3.1b Licensing options
  • 3.1c DCNM Device Manager

3.2 Configure RBAC

3.3 Configure Fibre Channel fabric security
3.4 Describe slow-drain analysis
3.5 Implement SAN telemetry streaming

4.0 MDS Troubleshooting    25%
4.1 Troubleshoot Fibre Channel domains and duplicate domain ID
4.2 Troubleshoot zoning and zone merge failure
4.3 Troubleshoot boot and upgrade issues

Automating and Programming Cisco Data Center Solutions (DCAUTO 300-635)

  • Exam Number:                            300-635 DCAUTO
  • First date to test:                        February 24, 2020
  • Duration:                                          90 minutes
  • Available Languages:            English
  • Exam Registration:                   Pearson VUE

Associated Certifications:

  • CCNP Data Center
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Professional
  • Cisco Certified DevNet Specialist
  • Cisco Data Center Automation and Programmability

 Exam Description
This exam certifies a candidate's knowledge of implementing Data Center automated Solutions

  • including programming concepts,
  • orchestration
  • Automation tools.

 

COURSE CONTENT
1.0 Network Programmability Foundation 10%
1.1 Utilize common version control operations with git: add, clone, push, commit, diff, branching, merging conflict
1.2 Describe characteristics of API styles (REST and RPC)
1.3 Describe the challenges encountered and patterns used when consuming APIs synchronously and asynchronously
1.4 Interpret Python scripts containing data types, functions, classes, conditions, and looping
1.5 Describe the benefits of Python virtual environments
1.6 Explain the benefits of using network configuration tools such as Ansible and Puppet for automating data center platforms

2.0 Controller Based Data Center Networking 30%
2.1 Describe the following:

  • 2.1.a ACI target policy
  • 2.1.b ACI application hosting capabilities
  • 2.1.c Implementation of an ACI application from the Cisco ACI Apps Center

2.2 Leverage the API inspector to explore the REST API calls made by the ACI GUI
2.3 Construct a Python script to create an application policy using the ACI REST API
2.4 Construct a Python script to create an application policy using the ACI Cobra SDK
2.5 Construct an Ansible playbook to create an application policy
2.6 Describe the benefits of integrating Kubernetes infrastructure using the ACI CNI plugin

3.0 Data Center Device-centric Networking 30%
3.1 Describe Day 0 provisioning with NX-OS

  • 3.1.a Cisco POAP
  • 3.1.b NX-OS iPXE

3.2 Implement On-Box Programmability and Automation with NX-OS

  • 3.2.a Bash
  • 3.2.b Linux containers (LXC and Docker using provided container
  • 3.2.c NX-OS guest shell
  • 3.2.d Embedded Event Manager (EEM)
  • 3.2.e On-box Python Scripting

3.3 Compare model-driven telemetry such as YANG Push and gRPC to traditional network monitoring strategies such as SMNP, Netflow, and SYSLOG
3.4 Construct Python script that consumes model-driven telemetry data with NX-OS
3.5 Implement Off-Box Programmability and Automation with NX-OS

  • 3.5.a Nexus NX-API (NX-API REST and NX-API CLI)
  • 3.5.b Nexus NETCONF using native and OpenConfig
  • 3.5.c Network configuration tools with NX-OS (Ansible)

4.0 Data Center Compute 30%
4.1 Configure Cisco UCS with developer tools

  • 4.1.a UCS PowerTool
  • 4.1.b UCS Python SDK
  • 4.1.c Ansible

4.2 Describe the capabilities of the DCNM API
4.3 Identify the steps in the Intersight API authentication method
4.4 Construct an Intersight API call given documentation to accomplish tasks such as manage server policies, service profiles, and firmware updates
4.5 Describe the process to implement workflows for physical and virtual infrastructure using UCS Director

  • 4.5.a Pre-defined tasks
  • 4.5.b Custom tasks
  • 4.5.c Script libraries

4.6 Utilize UCS Director REST API browser