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642-998 DCUCD

Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing

Exam Number 642-998 DCUCD
Associated Certifications CCNP Data Center Certification
Cisco Data Center Unified Computing Design Specialist
Duration 90 minutes (65-75 questions)
Available Languages English
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The 642-998 DCUCD Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing exam is associated with the CCNP DC certification and with the Cisco Unified Computing Design Specialist. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing, including design concept in a server virtualization environment, scalability, reliability, performances, management.

The exam is closed book and no outside reference materials are allowed. The following topics are general guidelines for the content that is likely to be included on the practical exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the following guidelines may change at any time without notice.

  • 13%     1.0   Describe the Design Methodology
     

      • 1.1   Describe developing business trends
         
      • 1.2   Identify business requirements driving the Data Center design
         
      • 1.3   Determine the requirements needed to create a Data Center solution
         
      • 1.4   Describe the tools/process to characterize an existing Data Center
         
      • 1.5   Describe the top down approach to network desig
         
  • 17%     2.0   Describe Data Center Structure and Modularity
     

      • 2.1   Describe network architectures for the Data Center
        • 2.1.a   LAN
        • 2.1.b   SAN
           
      • 2.2   Describe the Modular Approach in Network Design
         
      • 2.3   Describe the data center core layer
         
      • 2.4   Describe the data center aggregation layer
         
      • 2.5   Describe the data center access layer
         
      • 2.6   Identify Design Considerations for connectivity between
                Data Centers
         
      • 2.7   Identify the environments that use a Cisco data center
                virtualization solution
         
      • 2.8   Identify the migration plan from existing to new infrastructure
         
  • 17%     3.0   Describe the Technologies used within the
               Data Center

      • 3.1   Describe switching protocols used in a data center network
         
      • 3.2   Describe IPv4/IPv6 Addressing
         
      • 3.3   Identify Routing Protocol Considerations in an Data Center
         
      • 3.4   Describe how various data center protocols impact the design
                of a data center network
         
      • 3.5   Describe data center server deployment topologies
         
      • 3.6   Describe how traffic flows may impact the design of a data
                center network
         
      • 3.7   Describe methods for deploying a Energy Efficient Data Center
         
      • 3.8   Describe Data Center virtualization technologies
         
      • 3.9   Determine when to use each technology within a Data Center
                solution
         
      • 3.10   Describe high availability design in the data center
         
  • 17%     4.0   Design the Access Layer of a Data Center
     

      • 4.1   Select appropriate platforms and modules in the data center
                access layer
         
      • 4.2   Identify scalability, availability, performance and connectivity
                requirements in the Data Center access layer
         
      • 4.3   Design for traffic flows in the Data Center access layer
         
      • 4.4   Design a cabling plan and topology for the Data Center access layer
         
      • 4.5   Design virtualization into the data center access layer
         
  • 13%     5.0   Design Virtualization Solution using
               Cisco UCS

      • 5.1   Gather historical performance characteristics for the network,
                compute and storage components of the Data center
         
      • 5.2   Given a particular set of data center applications and servers,
                identify the number of physical machines necessary to create
                a Cisco virtualized data center solution
         
      • 5.3   Given a particular set of data center applications and servers,
                identify the networking requirements to create a Cisco virtualized
                data center solution
         
      • 5.4   Describe the deployment of Pass thru Switching (PTS) and
                integration with vCenter
         
      • 5.5   Specify the infrastructure needed to deploy a specified Cisco
                data center virtualization solution
         
      • 5.6   Deploy operating systems
         
      • 5.7   Specify the UCS components of solution design
         
      • 5.8   Identify Cisco technologies to mitigate security vulnerabilities
         
      • 5.9   Secure Data center network connectivity
         
      • 5.10   Secure the Data center infrastructure
         
  • 23%     6.0   Design Network Management Considerations
               into a Data Center

      • 6.1   Describe the common industry and Cisco-specific data center
                network management tools
         
      • 6.2   Design a network data collection strategy for a data center
         
  • The following course is the recommended training for this exam.

    • Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing (DCUCD)

    Courses listed are offered by Cisco Learning Partners-the only authorized source for Cisco IT training delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. Check the List of Learning Partners for a Cisco Learning Partner nearest you.

    A variety of Cisco Press titles may be available for this exam. These titles can be purchased through the Cisco Marketplace Bookstore, directly from Cisco Press.

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