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Datacenter Networking Engineer (DCNE)


The Datacenter Networking Engineer (DCNE) is a Cisco Technologies course that is developed for whom seeking to understand Cisco Datacenter Networking Technologies along with generic foundational knowledge in Datacenter Solutions. The course validates the ability to design, configure, and operate Cisco Nexus Switching Fabrics and NX-OS Datacenter technologies. The course is recommended for Datacenter Networking Specialists, Datacenter Networking  Administrators, and Datacenter Networking 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.

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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 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 Nexus Fabrics in Datacenters.

  • 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 Networking 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 Networking Infrastructure Technologies in one course delivering a complete vision of how datacenters networking 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 Netwokring

Datacenter Facilities


40 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: 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 2: 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 3: Understanding Cisco Virtual Networking

  • Understanding Cisco Nexus 1000 Virtual Switch and its architecture

  • Understanding Cisco vPath and Virtual Services

  • Understanding Cisco Nexus 1000v Features


Module 4: Understanding and Designing Datacenters 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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