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Datacenter Infrastructure Fundamentals (DCIF)


The Datacenter Infrastructure Fundamentals (DCIF) is a vendor neutral course that is developed for whom seeking to understand Datacenter fundamentals in Computing, Storage, and Networking. The course also covers Datacenter architectures,  facilities, and cabling design. The course validates well understanding of key concepts in new datacenter technologies as well as the ability to design optimum datacenters. 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.

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.

Course Related Certifications

This course is not aligned to any certification or exams. The Course is custom developed for Generic Datacenter Infrastructure Technologies and can be recommended for all who seeks to take any certification in Storage, Computing or Networking.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding of datacenter storage principles, storage protocols and data protection technologies.

  • Understanding of storage networking protocols that govern block and file access on Intelligent storage systems.

  • Understanding of computing basics, server components, and virtualization fundamentals.

  • Understanding of Blade system architectures focusing on Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and its key features.

  • Understanding of datacenter architectures and new technologies that enhance datacenter networking performance.

  • Focusing on standard datacenter switching overlay protocols along with Datacenter Interconnect (DCI) protocols.

  • Understanding and designing datacenter facilities along with ToR, MoE and EOR passive deployments. 

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 Standard 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


40 hour


Vendor Neutral

Target Audience

System (Presales) Engineers

Solution Architects

Implementation Engineers

Operations Engineers


Offsite Classroom

Onsite Classroom

Tools and Materials

Animated Presentation

Student Book - Printed Copy

Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding Datacenter Storage

  • Understanding Storage Fundamentals

  • Understanding Data Protection Technologies

  • Understanding Storage Networking Fundamentals

  • Understanding Block Storage Protocols (FC, iSCSI, FCoE)

  • Understanding Storage Networking Configuration


Module 2: Understanding Datacenter Computing 

  • Understanding Computing Fundamentals 
  • Understanding Virtualization Fundamentals
  • Understanding Blade Servers Architecture

  • Understanding UCS Architecture, Features and Components

  • Computing Designing and Sizing Guidelines


Module 3: Understanding Datacenter Networking

  • Understanding Datacenter Architectures

  • Understanding Virtual Switching

  • Understanding Single Root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV)

  • Understanding Virtual Bridge Port Extension (VBE)

  • Understanding Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)

  • Understanding Ethernet Virtual Private Network (eVPN)

  • Understanding Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)


Module 4: Understanding and Designing Datacenter Facilities 2

  • Designing Datacenter Facilities

  • Understanding ToR, MoR, EoR and Collapsed Deployments

  • Understanding Datacenter Design Process

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