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Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation

Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0 is a five-day instructor-led course that 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.

This course is part of the following Certifications:
  •   Cisco Certified Network Professional Data Center (CCNP Data Center)

Learning Objectives

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The goal of the course is to develop competency in learners to virtualize and program data centers, and implement the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure. The focus of the course is on the programmability capabilities of the Cisco ACI, using common tools, such as Python and RESTful programming.
Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  •   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


Students considered for this training should have attended the following classes or obtained equivalent level of knowledge:

  •   Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  •   Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)
  •   Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K)
  •   Good understanding of the VMware environment
The knowledge and skills that a learner should have before attending this course:
  •   Describe data center networking concepts
  •   Describe data center storage concepts
  •   Describe data center virtualization

Course Content

Module 1: Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation

  •   Lesson 1: Configuring Logical Device Separation
  •   Lesson 2: Configuring Virtual Switching Technologies
Module 2: NX-OS Configuration Automation
  •   Lesson 1: Implementing Configuration Programmability
  •   Lesson 2: Implementing Configuration Profiles
  •   Lesson 3: Using Scripting Tools
Module 3: Application-Centric Infrastructure
  •   Lesson 1: Describing Cisco ACI Fabric
  •   Lesson 2: Describing Management
  • Lesson 3: Describing Cisco ACI Fabric Access Policies
Module 4: ACI Constructs
  •   Lesson 1: Describing Tenant-Based Policies
  •   Lesson 2: Describing VMM Domain Integration
  •   Lesson 3: Describing Contracts Within an Application Profile
Module 5: Application-Centric Infrastructure Monitoring and Programmability
  •   Lesson 1: Configuring Monitoring
  •   Lesson 2: Configuring Security Domains and Role Mapping
  •   Lesson 3: Describing Cisco ACI Programmability
Module 6: Cisco ACI Enhanced Features
  •   Lesson 1: Implementing Inter-Tenant Communication
  •   Lesson 2: Describing vPC
  •   Lesson 3: Deploying Cisco AVS
Module 7: Application-Centric Infrastructure 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

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