300-160 DCID Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing

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Exam Number 300-160 DCID
Associated Certifications CCNP Data Center
Duration 90 minutes (60-70 questions)
Available Languages English

This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of data center infrastructure design pertaining to deployment requirements and options for network connectivity, infrastructure, storage network, compute connectivity, and compute resource parameters.

The Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure (DCID) exam (300-160) is a 90-minute, 60–70 question assessment. This exam is one of the exams associated with the CCNP Data Center Certification. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge of Cisco data center infrastructure design pertaining to deployment requirements and options for network connectivity, infrastructure, storage network, compute connectivity, and compute resource parameters. The course, Designing Cisco Data Center Infrastructure v6 (DCID), helps candidates to prepare for this exam because the content is aligned with the exam topics.

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the 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 guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

1.0 Data Center Network Connectivity Design 24%

1.1 Evaluate options for Layer 2 connectivity to meet deployment requirements in the data center

1.1.a Endpoint mobility
1.1.b Redundancy / high availability
1.1.c Convergence
1.1.d Services insertion

1.2 Evaluate options for Layer 3 connectivity to meet deployment requirements in the data center

1.2.a IP mobility
1.2.b Redundancy / high availability
1.2.b [i] Graceful restart / NSF
1.2.c Convergence
1.2.d Services insertion
1.2.d [i] Load balancing
1.2.d [ii] Security

2.0 Data Center Infrastructure Design 21%

2.1 Evaluate data center protocols to meet deployment requirements

2.1.a Fabric Path
2.1.b OTV
2.1.c VXLAN
2.1.d LISP
2.1.e VPC/VPC+

2.2 Evaluate options for orchestration and management in a data center

2.2.a Orchestration and automation
2.2.b Out-of-band management network
2.2.c License management

2.3 Evaluate options for device and routing virtualization in a data center

2.3.a VDC
2.3.b VRF

2.4 Evaluate options for interconnecting data centers

3.0 Data Center Storage Network Design 21%

3.1 Plan for iSCSI deployment in the data center

3.1.a Multipathing
3.1.b Addressing schemes

3.2 Evaluate QoS requirements in the data center

3.2.a Fibre Channel
3.2.b FCoE
3.2.c FCIP
3.2.d iSCSI

3.3 Determine FCoE/ Fibre Channel interface parameters based on data center requirements

3.3.a Dedicated and shared mode
3.3.b Port types
3.3.c ISL
3.3.d Oversubscription

3.4 Evaluate SAN Topology options in the data center

3.4.a Fabric redundancy
3.4.b NPV, NPIV, and FCF
3.4.c Load balancing

4.0 Data Center Compute Connectivity Design 19%

4.1 Evaluate options for Ethernet connectivity to meet deployment requirements in a data center

4.1.a Redundancy / high availability
4.1.b Bandwidth
4.1.b [i] Over subscription
4.1.c Fabric interconnect operation mode
4.1.c [i] Switch mode
4.1.c [ii] End host mode

4.2 Evaluate options for storage connectivity to meet deployment requirements in a data center

4.2.a Multipathing
4.2.b Bandwidth
4.2.b [i] Port channels
4.2.b [ii] Oversubscription
4.2.c Fabric interconnect operation mode
4.2.c [i] Switch mode
4.2.c [ii] End host mode
4.2.d Direct-attached storage
4.2.d [i] Appliance port
4.2.d [ii] Fibre Channel storage port
4.2.d [iii] FCoE port

5.0 Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design 15%

5.1 Evaluate options for orchestration and automation in the data center

5.1.a Service profile templates
5.1.b vNIC templates
5.1.c vHBA templates
5.1.d Global policies vs local policies

5.2 Evaluate options for management network in a data center

5.2.a In-band
5.2.b Out-of-band

5.3 Evaluate options for network device virtualization in a data center

5.3.a Cisco VIC adaptors
5.3.a [i] Number of interfaces vs IOM uplinks
5.3.a [ii] vCon placement policies
5.3.a [iii] Ethernet adaptor policies
5.3.a [iv] Fibre Channel policies

QUESTION: No: 1
Which document is the least relevant as an output deliverable from the design phase?

A. high-level design
B. site requirements specification
C. configurations
D. migration plan

Answer: C


QUESTION: No: 2
Which performance characteristic is least likely to require being addressed in the data center solution
requirements?

A. server virtualization
B. desktop virtualization
C. distributed computing
D. private cloud
E. power efficiency

Answer: E


QUESTION: No: 3
Which item can be used as an alternative reconnaissance tool to the NetApp On Command Balance
application?

A. NetlQ PIateSpin
B. VKerne| vOPS
C. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
D. VMware vCenter Orchestrator plug-in
E. Symantec Enterprise Security Manager

Answer: A


QUESTION: No: 4
Which design steps could be considered optional?

A. audit
B. solution sizing
C. analysis
D. deployment provision

Answer: A


QUESTION: No: 5
Which technology differentiates a data center designed around Cisco equipment versus another vendor?

A. NPV
B. NPIV
C. VSANs
D. FCoE

Answer: C

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