DCIMDS 1.0 – Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches


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Dec 7 - Dec 9, 2021
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DCIMDS 1.0 – Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches
3 days  (Instructor Led Online)  |  Storage Networking

Course Details

The DCIMDS – Introducing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches v1.0 course gives you an overview of Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Switches, including platform architecture, software, and management capabilities. You will learn the key features that contribute to high performance and availability, flexibility, and operational simplicity and investment protection.

During hands-on lab time, you’ll configure a Multilayer Director Switch (MDS) SAN fabric using Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) and command-line interface (CLI) commands. You’ll gain a technical understanding of how to build highly available, scalable storage networks using the robust, flexible hardware architecture with network and storage management intelligence.


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Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe Cisco MDS SAN features and advantages
  • Describe fixed and modular platforms
  • Describe Cisco MDS architecture and high-availability mechanisms
  • Describe technologies used in modern SANs
  • Describe SAN management with Cisco DCNM
  • Describe key value-add features that distinguish Cisco MDS switches
  • Configure basic Cisco MDS features and interfaces using DCNM


Module 1: Describing Cisco MDS Platform

  • Lesson 1: Introduction and Advantages of Cisco MDS
  • Lesson 2: Fixed Platforms
  • Lesson 3: Modular Platforms


Module 2: Describing Cisco MDS Architecture

  • Lesson 1: Store-and-Forward Architecture
  • Lesson 2: High Availability
  • Lesson 3: Redundancy


Module 3: Describing Storage Technologies

  • Lesson 1: Fibre Channel
  • Lesson 2: Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Over Fibre Channel
  • Lesson 3: Fibre Channel Over IP
  • Lesson 4: Fibre Channel Over Ethernet


Module 4: Managing Cisco MDS Switches

  • Lesson 1: Cisco Data Center Network Manager
  • Lesson 2: Cisco NX-OS CLI
  • Lesson 3: Cisco NX-API


Module 5: Describing and Using Cisco MDS Key Features

  • Lesson 1: Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs)
  • Lesson 2: Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Lesson 3: Port Channels
  • Lesson 4: Slow-Drain Device and Path Analysis Using Congestion Control Mechanisms
  • Lesson 5: SAN Telemetry Streaming
  • Lesson 6: Cisco DCNM SAN Insights for SAN Analytics
  • Lesson 7: N Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Lesson 8: Zoning
  • Lesson 9: Smart Zoning
  • Lesson 10: Smart Zoning
  • Lesson 11: Diagnostics Toolbox
  • Lesson 12: SAN Extension
  • Lesson 13: Other Differentiator Features

Target Audience

  • Solutions architects
  • Data Center architects
  • Network architects
  • Systems engineers
  • Data Center engineers
  • Network engineers
  • Technical decision-makers
  • Cisco integrators and partners


It is recommended that a learner has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

  • Experience managing Data Center deployments
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of SAN technologies
  • Understanding of business and application requirements