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Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure (CLDACI)

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Overview

Building the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure (CLDACI) is a new 5-day ILT course designed to help students prepare for the CCNP Cloud certification, a professional level certification specializing in Cloud technologies. This course extensively covers the process of implementing public, private, and hybrid cloud based on Cisco ACI.

Target Audience

  • Network Administrator
  • Server Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect

Prerequisites

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Recommend CCNP Certification or equivalent knowledge
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Recommend attendance of the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage (Version 6.0)(VICM)

Course Objectives

Upon course completion, you will be able to:

  • Describe Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) fundamentals
  • Integrate Cisco ACI with VM managers
  • Implement application policies
  • Configure Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
  • Extend Cisco ACI to external Layer 3 and Layer 4 connections
  • Configure orchestration and automation tools, protocols and application programming interfaces (APIs)

Full Course Outline

Module 1: Implement Cisco ACI Fundamentals
  • ACI key features
  • Nexus 9000 product family
  • ACI management networks
  • Virtual eXtensible LAN
  • API controller
  • Tenants
  • DHCP relay
  • Authentication, authorization and RBAC
  • Fabric and access policies
  • ACI VMM domains
  • Hypervisor normalization
  • ACI and VMware VDS
  • ACI applications
  • Policy model
  • Policy driven data center design advantages
  • Application profiles
  • ACI fabric gateway
  • Load balancing

Module 2: Implement Cisco ACI Enhanced Features
  • Port channels
  • Configuring vPC in ACI
  • Cisco application virtual switch (AVS)
    • Characteristics
    • Distributed firewall
    • Mircrosegmentation
    • Installation
    • Configuration
    • Verification
  • Inter-tenant communication and contracts
  • Layer 4 to layer 7 application profiles
  • Layer 4 to layer 7 services programmability

Module 3: Configure Cisco ACI External Connections
  • ACI external connections
  • Access policies for L3-out
  • L3-out configuration
  • Layer 2 outside connections
  • Layer 2 connection configurations

Module 4: Automate and Design Cisco ACI Deployment
  • ACI programmability
  • REST API
  • Python programmability tools
  • UCS director
  • ACI migration
  • Migration options
Labs:
  • Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Virtual Machines
  • Implement Application Policies
  • Monitor Traffic with Atomic Counters
  • Deploy vPC Connections to Hypervisors
  • Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
  • Add Bare Metal Hosts and Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
  • Integrate Cisco ASA Firewall in Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
  • Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
  • Provision Cisco ACI Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya (Optional)
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