CLDACI: Building the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure

Building the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure (CLDACI) v1 extensively covers the process of implementing public, private and hybrid cloud based networking on Cisco ACI.

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What's Included

  • Official Cisco courseware
  • Remote lab access

Prerequisites

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Recommend CCNP Certification or equivalent knowledge
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Recommend attendance of VMware vSphere training

Course Objectives

After completing this course, you should 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).

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
    • Microsegmentation
    • 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

  • Lab 1: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Virtual Machines
  • Lab 2: Implement Application Policies
  • Lab 3: Monitor Traffic with Atomic Counters
  • Lab 4: Deploy vPC Connections to Hypervisors
  • Lab 5: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
  • Lab 6: Add Bare Metal Hosts and Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
  • Lab 7: Integrate Cisco ASA Firewall in Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Lab 8: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
  • Lab 9: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
  • Lab 10: Provision Cisco ACI Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 11: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya (Optional)