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Introduction to Nexus Data Center Infrastructure and Architecture

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  • Date: Jan 1, 2018.


  1. "Do I Know This Already?" Quiz
  2. Foundation Topics
  3. Exam Preparation Tasks

Chapter Description

In this sample chapter from CCNA Data Center DCICN 200-150 Official Cert Guide, focuses on the Cisco Nexus product family. You learn the different specifications of each product, which includes Nexus 9000, Nexus 7000, Nexus 6000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 3000, and Nexus 2000.

The Cisco Nexus product family offers a broad portfolio of LAN and SAN switching products, ranging from software switches that integrate with multiple types of hypervisors to hardware data center core switches and campus core switches. Cisco Nexus products provide the performance, scalability, and availability to accommodate diverse data center needs, including different types of data center protocols, such as FCoE, FC, iSCSI, and so on.

This chapter focuses on the Cisco Nexus product family. You learn the different specifications of each product, which includes Nexus 9000, Nexus 7000, Nexus 6000, Nexus 5000, Nexus 3000, and Nexus 2000.

“Do I Know This Already?” Quiz

The “Do I Know This Already?” quiz enables you to assess whether you should read this entire chapter thoroughly or jump to the “Exam Preparation Tasks” section. If you are in doubt about your answers to these questions or your own assessment of your knowledge of the topics, read the entire chapter. Table 1-1 lists the major headings in this chapter and their corresponding “Do I Know This Already?” quiz questions. You can find the answers in Appendix A, “Answers to the ‘Do I Know This Already?’ Quizzes.”

Table 1-1 “Do I Know This Already?” Section-to-Question Mapping

Foundation Topics Section


Describe the Cisco Nexus Product Family


Evolution of Data Center Architecture

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  1. Which of the following Nexus 9000 hardware models can work as a spine in a spine-leaf topology? (Choose three.)

    1. Nexus 9508

    2. Nexus 9516

    3. Nexus 9396PX

    4. Nexus 93128TX

    5. Nexus 9336PQ

  2. True or false? The Nexus N9K-X9736PQ can be used in standalone mode when the Nexus 9000 modular switches use NX-OS.

    1. True

    2. False

  3. How many strands do the 40F Bi-Di optics use?

    1. 8

    2. 2

    3. 12

    4. 16

  4. What is the current bandwidth per slot for the Nexus 7700?

    1. 550 Gbps

    2. 220 Gbps

    3. 1.3 Tbps

    4. 2.6 Tbps

  5. True or false? The F3 modules can be interchanged between the Nexus 7000 and Nexus 7700.

    1. True

    2. False

  6. How many VDCs can a SUP2 have?

    1. 2+1

    2. 16+1

    3. 8+1

    4. 4+1

  7. True or false? By upgrading SUP1 to the latest software and using the correct license, you can use FCoE with F2 cards.

    1. True

    2. False

  8. How many unified ports does the Nexus 6004 currently support?

    1. 20

    2. 24

    3. 48

    4. 64

  9. True or false? The 40Gbps ports on the Nexus 6000 can be used as 10Gbps ports.

    1. True

    2. False

  10. Which of the following statements are correct? (Choose two.)

    1. The Nexus 5548P has 48 fixed ports, and the Nexus 5548UP has 32 fixed ports and 16 unified ports.

    2. The Nexus 5548P has 32 fixed ports, which are Ethernet ports only, and the Nexus 5548UP has 32 fixed unified ports.

    3. The Nexus 5548P has 32 fixed ports and can have 16 unified ports, whereas the Nexus 5548UP has all ports unified.

    4. The Nexus 5548P has 32 fixed ports, which are Ethernet only, and the Nexus 5548UP has 32 fixed FCoE only ports.

  11. How many unified ports does the Nexus 5672 have?

    1. 12

    2. 16

    3. 8

    4. 24

  12. Which vendors support the B22 FEX?

    1. HP

    2. IBM

    3. Dell

    4. Fujitsu

    5. All the above

  13. Which models from the following list of switches support FCoE ? (Choose two.)

    1. Nexus 2232PP

    2. Nexus 2248PQ

    3. Nexus 2232TM

    4. Nexus 2248TP-E

  14. Which Cisco Nexus technology enables two switches to look like one, from a Layer 2 perspective, allowing for all links to be active between the switch and host tiers?

    1. Spanning tree

    2. Virtual Port Channel (vPC)

    3. MCLAG

    4. Stacking

  15. Which technology term refers to a network that uses layer 3 between scale out architecture in the Data Center?

    1. Spanning tree

    2. Virtual Port Channel (vPC)

    3. VSS

    4. Spine-leaf

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