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Datacenter Infrastructure Engineer (DCIE)


The Datacenter Infrastructure Engineer (DCIE) is a Cisco Technologies course that is developed for whom seeking to understand Cisco Datacenter Technologies along with generic knowledge in different Datacenter Solutions. The course validates the ability to design, configure, and operate Cisco Datacenter Computing and Networking technologies. The course is recommended for Datacenter Specialists, Datacenter Administrators, and Datacenter Designers.

This course is part of our Engineered Training Services that deliver value-added courses which cover the concerned technologies from all aspects as well as other related fundamentals or technologies from zero level to the expert level incorporating case studies and real-life scenarios that benefit participants in their actual work environment.

No Longer Available 

Course Prerequisites


There are no specific prerequisites for this course, although it's recommended to fulfill below points to better understand technologies and features:

  • Recommended to have at least CCNA R&S and CCNP R&S certifications or equivalent knowledge.

  • Recommended to have good knowledge of IPv4 Multicast PIM and MP-BGP protocols.

  • Recommended to have at least 1 – 3 years of networking experience.

  • Recommended to have a laptop in Lab sessions.

Course Related Certifications

This course is not aligned to any Cisco exam. The Course is custom developed for Cisco Datacenter Infrastructure Technologies and can be recommended for all who seeks to take:

  • CCNA Datacenter Certification

  • CCNP Datacenter Certification

  • CCIE Datacenter Certification.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding of Datacenter Computing, Virtualization, and Storage Fundamentals.

  • Understanding Storage Networking along with configuring Storage Area Networks (SAN) on Cisco Multilayer Director Switches (MDS).

  • Understanding Cisco Unified Computing System and Cisco Nexus Unified Fabrics including architecture, key features, and configurations.

  • Understanding and configuring NX-OS datacenter features and protocols. 

  • Ability to configure and operate Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus Fabrics in Datacenters.

  • Ability to size and design a Cisco UCS solution for given datacenter computing requirements.

  • Ability to size and design a Cisco Nexus Fabric Solution for given data center networking requirements.

  • Understanding Cisco Virtual Networking for Virtualized Environments.

  • Understanding Different Architectures of Current Datacenters along with Network Deployment Models.

  • Qualifying Course Audience for Designing, Configuring and Operating medium-size and Enterprise Datacenters with Cisco Technologies.

Course Added Values

  • Delivering the optimum technical knowledge reflecting experience and real-life scenarios in the class.

  • Understanding Best practice designs, configurations and recommendations.

  • Consolidating Cisco Storage, Computing, and Networking Infrastructure Technologies in one course delivering a complete vision of how datacenters can be designed, configured and operated.

  • Delivering the latest architectures, technologies and devices models ensuring transferring up-to-date knowledge compared with regular certificate courses.


Datacenter Storage

Datacenter Computing

Datacenter Netwokring

Datacenter Facilities


80 hour



Target Audience

System (Presales) Engineers

Solution Architects

Implementation Engineers

Operations Engineers


Offsite Classroom

Onsite Classroom

Tools and Materials

Animated Presentation

Labs (Simulators/Real Gears)

Student Book - Printed Copy

Course Outline

Module 1: Datacenter Fundamentals

  • Understanding Storage Fundamentals

  • Understanding Computing Fundamentals

  • Understanding Virtualization Fundamentals


Module 2: Understanding Cisco Storage Networking

  • Understanding Storage Networking Protocols

  • Exploring Cisco Storage Networking Portfolio (MDS and Nexus Switches)

  • Configuring Cisco SAN Switches


Module 3: Understanding Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Understanding UCS Architecture

  • Understanding UCS Components

  • Understanding UCS Manager and its features.

  • Configuring UCS LAN, SAN, Service Profiles, VM-FEX and System Parameters

  • Understanding UCS C-Series, M-Series and E-Series Servers

  • UCS Deployment Architectures

  • UCS Designing and Sizing Guidelines


Module 4: Understanding Cisco Nexus Technologies

  • Understanding Cisco NX-OS

  • Understanding Virtual Portchannel (vPC)

  • Understanding Fabric Extender (FEX)

  • Understanding FabricPath

  • Understanding Virtual Device Context (VDC)

  • Understanding Overly Transport Virtualization (OTV)

  • Understanding Ethernet Virtual Private Network (eVPN)

  • Understanding Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)

  • Understanding VM Tracking

  • Overview of Nexus Data Broker

  • Overview of Cisco Tetration Analytics


Module 5: Understanding Cisco Nexus Switches

  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series

  • Cisco Nexus 3000 Series

  • Cisco Nexus 5000 Series

  • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series

  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series


Module 6: Understanding Cisco Virtual Networking

  • Understanding Cisco Nexus 1000 Virtual Switch architecture

  • Understanding Cisco vPath and Virtual Services

  • Understanding Cisco Nexus 1000v Features


Module 7: Understanding and Designing Datacenter Facilities

  • Designing Datacenter Facilities

  • Datacenter Design Process

  • Understanding ToR, MoR, EoR and Collapsed Deployments

  • Designing a Datacenter using Cisco UCS and Nexus Fabrics

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