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Building the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure

This course is 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

Individuals involved in the implementation of public, private and hybrid clouds based on Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

Learning 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 2 Connections
  • Configure Orchestration and Automation tools, protocols and application programming interfaces (API's)


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Good understanding of networking protocols - CCNP Recommended
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment - VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage Recommended

Course Content

Implement Cisco ACI Fundamentals

  • Describing Cisco ACI Architecture
  • Configuring Cisco APIC
  • Integrating Cisco ACI with Virtual Machine Managers
  • Enforcing Application Policy
  • Examining Data Flow

Implement Cisco ACI Enhanced Features

  • Implementing Virtual Port Channels
  • Deploying Cisco AVS
  • Implementing Inter-Tenant Communication
  • Configuring Layer 4 Through Layer 7 Services

Configure Cisco ACI External Connections

  • Implementing External Layer 3 Connections
  • Enabling External Layer 2 Connections

Automate and Design Cisco ACI Deployment

  • Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI
  • Migrating Data Center to Cisco ACI


  • 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)

Follow On Courses

The following courses are recommended for those delegates looking to acheive Cisco's CCNP Cloud Certification

  • Implementing and Troubleshooting the Cisco Cloud Infrastructure 
  • Automating the Cisco Enterprise Cloud
  • Designing the Cisco Cloud  

Exams & Certification

Recommended as preparation for exam:

  • 300-475 - Building the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure

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