DCINX9K Training

Cisco Nexus 9000 Design and Configuration (DCINX9K) is a two-day instructor-led course that teaches students about the next-generation Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches, which are highly programmable and high density. In fact, 1/10/40G Ethernet switches offer the highest performance and extensibility to 100GE switching and lowest cost-per-port. They offer extremely high flexibility and programmability for next-generation automation and orchestration. Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches build on existing NX-OS technology to bring two new data center network deployment options to customers.

Students will learn about the first deployment option, known as Standalone Mode. This mode offers significant extensions to NX-OS in the area of programmability, including:

  • A RESTful application program interface (API), Python scripting, Linux BASH access and direct ASIC-level access for traffic flow monitoring
  • Support for open-systems automation and orchestration DevOps platforms, including Puppet, Chef and Cisco's own onePK
  • Support for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and emerging overlay network technologies, including Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN), OpenFlow, and the OpenDaylight Controller

Through lecture and hands-on labs, students will learn about the hardware architecture of the Nexus 9000 and the new programmability features and interfaces that have been added to NX-OS. We highly recommend that students have prior knowledge of NX-OS and the Nexus 5000, 6000 or 7000 platforms.

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What's Included

  • Comprehensive study materials and official Cisco courseware.
  • Remote lab access


  • Experience with Cisco NX-OS is highly recommended.
  • Understanding of Cisco Data Center network architecture is highly recommended.
  • Knowledge of the Nexus 5000, 6000 or 7000 platforms is highly recommended.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:
  • How the Nexus 9000 platform addresses current trends in data center architecture and management
  • Nexus 9000 platform components
  • Nexus 9000 hardware architecture, including line card architecture and packet forwarding
  • The new NX-OS features available on the Nexus 9000 Series Switches
  • Operation and configuration details of VXLAN
  • Programmability, automation and monitoring options available on the Nexus 9000 Series Switches
  • Design possibilities with the Nexus 9000 Series Switches

Course Outline

Lesson 1. Cisco Nexus 9000 Solution Overview

  • Data Center Trends
  • Nexus 9000 Overview
  • NX-OS Enhancements

Lesson 2. Hardware Overview

  • Nexus 9500 Chassis
  • Line Card Modules
  • Supervisors
  • Fabric Modules
  • Power Supplies
  • System Controllers
  • Nexus 9300 Switches
  • FEX Support
  • 40G and 100GE Networking
  • Supported Optics

Lesson 3. Hardware Architecture

  • 9500 Architecture
  • Line Card Architecture
  • 9300 Architecture
  • Packet Forwarding

Lesson 4. Nexus 9000 NX-OS Enhancements

  • Nexus 9000 NX-OS Feature Overview
  • High Availability
  • Management

Lesson 5. VXLAN

  • Overlay Networks
  • VXLAN Overview
  • VXLAN Control Plane
  • VXLAN Forwarding Plane
  • Configuring VXLAN

Lesson 6. Programmability and Automation

  • Programming Features
  • Automation Features
  • Visibility and Monitoring Features

Lesson 7. Nexus 9000 Topology Designs

  • Traditional Data Center
  • Topologies Spine and Leaf Topologies
  • Overlay Topologies


  • Lab 1: Nexus 9000 Initial Configuration
  • Lab 2: Configuring VXLAN
  • Lab 3: Using NX-OS API
  • Lab 4: Python Scripting
  • Lab 5: XMPP Management