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Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI)

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Overview

The Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is on the implementation and deployment automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. The course provides rich hands-on experience in building a data center solution based on Cisco ACI. Learners are introduced to the automation capabilities offered by Python and RESTful APIs in combination with Cisco ACI and Cisco Nexus switches.

Target Audience

  • Network Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners

Prerequisites

To fully benefit from this course, students should be able to do the following:

  • Describe data center networking concepts
  • Describe data center storage concepts
  • Describe data center virtualization

Course Objectives

After completion of this course, students will be able to…

  • Implement infrastructure virtualization solutions, such as VDC, VRFs, Cisco Nexus 1000v, and Cisco AVS
  • Identify programmability methods and program Cisco Nexus switches using XML, Python, and NXAPI
  • Implement a Cisco ACI solution that provides fabric connectivity to bare-metal hosts, virtual machines, and external Layer 2 and Layer 3 domains
  • Integrate Cisco ACI with virtual machine managers, such as VMware vCenter
  • Enforce application policies in intra- and intertenant scenarios
  • Deploy Cisco AVS and microsegmentation
  • Program Cisco ACI using Python, RESTful APIs, and Arya
  • Orchestrate Cisco ACI using the Cisco UCS Director
  • Insert L4-L7 services into the Cisco ACI fabric
  • Monitor Cisco ACI deployment using atomic counters and other monitoring tools.

Full Course Outline

Module 1: Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation
  • Lesson 1: Configuring Logical Device Separation
  • Lesson 2: Configuring Virtual Switching Technology 
Module 2: Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
  • Lesson 1: Implementing Configuration Programmability
  • Lesson 2:  Implementing Configuration Profiles
  • Lesson 3: Using Scripting Tools
Module 3: Application-Centric Infrastructure Overview
  • Lesson 1: Introducing Cisco ACI
Module 4: Cisco ACI Building Blocks and Application Policies
  • Lesson 1: Building Tenant-Based Policies with Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Lesson 2: Describing VMM Domain Integration
  • Lesson 3: Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI 
Module 5: Cisco ACI Manageability and Programmability
  • Lesson 1: Monitoring and Managing Cisco ACI
  • Lesson 2: Describing Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration
Module 6: Cisco ACI Enhanced Features
  • Lesson 1: Describing vPC
  • Lesson 2: Deploying Cisco AVS
Module 7: Cisco ACI Networking
  • Lesson 1: Describing Packet Flow Internal to the ACI Fabric
  • Lesson 2: Describing External Layer 3 Network Integration
  • Lesson 3: Describing External Layer 2 Network Integration
  • Lesson 4: Configuring Service Insertion and Redirection 
Lab Outline
  • Guided Lab 1: Implement Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
  • Guided Lab 2: Discover and Initialize ACI Fabric
  • Guided Lab 3: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Guided Lab 4: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for VMs
  • Guided Lab 5: Implement Application Policies
  • Guided Lab 6: Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
  • Guided Lab 7: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
  • Guided Lab 8: Implement vPC to Hypervisors
  • Guided Lab 9: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
  • Guided Lab 10: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
  • Guided Lab 11: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
  • Guided Lab 12: Provision Layer 2 Extension Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Guided Lab 13: Deploy Service Graph ASA NGFW
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Cisco DNA Assurance Overview
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Cisco DNA Center Overview
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Basic Data Center Networking and Cisco Nexus NX-OS
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Advanced Data Center Networking and Layer 3
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Basic and Advanced Data Center Storage
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Cisco Data Center Network Virtualization
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Cisco Unified Computing System
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Cisco Data Center Automation and Orchestration
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SAN Storage Implementation for Cisco UCS
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Security, Operations and Maintenance for Cisco UCS
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ACI Overview, Access Policies, Logical Constructs, Codes & Delta Releases
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Data Center Infrastructure Storage Services
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