Special Notices

If both classroom and virtual dates are available for this course please specify your preference when booking.


To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:

  • Experience managing data center deployments
  • Knowledge of the fundamentals of SAN technologies
  • Understanding of business and application requirements

Delegates will learn how to

After taking this course, you should 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


Describing Cisco MDS Platformâ—¦Introduction and Advantages of Cisco MDS

  • Fixed Platforms
  • Modular Platforms

Describing Cisco MDS Architectureâ—¦Store-and-Forward Architecture

  • High Availability
  • Redundancy

Describing Storage Technologiesâ—¦Fibre Channel

  • Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) Over Fibre Channel
  • Fibre Channel Over IP
  • Fibre Channel Over Ethernet

Managing Cisco MDS Switchesâ—¦Cisco Data Center Network Manager

  • Cisco NX-OS CLI
  • Cisco NX-API

Describing and Using Cisco MDS Key Features

  • Virtual Storage Area Networks (VSANs)
  • Inter-VSAN Routing
  • Port Channels
  • Slow-Drain Device and Path Analysis Using Congestion Control Mechanisms
  • SAN Telemetry Streaming
  • Cisco DCNM SAN Insights for SAN Analytics
  • N Port Virtualization (NPV) and N-Port Identifier Virtualization (NPIV)
  • Zoning
  • Smart Zoning
  • Diagnostics Toolbox
  • SAN Extension
  • Other Differentiator Features