Course Overview

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.

5 days
CCNP Data Center
Learning Credits: 
  • 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 NX-API
    • 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
  • 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: 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
    • Guided Lab 1: Implement Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
    • Guided Lab 2: Discover and Initialize the 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: Monitor Traffic with Atomic Counters
    • Guided Lab 7: Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
    • Guided Lab 8: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
    • Guided Lab 9: Implement vPC to Hypervisors
    • Guided Lab 10: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
    • Guided Lab 11: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
    • Guided Lab 12: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
    • Guided Lab 13: Provision Cisco ACI Using Cisco UCS Director
    • Guided Lab 14: Deploy Service Graph ASA NGFW
  • The learner is expected to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:

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

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

    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0
    • Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K) v2.0
    • Good understanding of the VMware environment
    • Channel Partners
    • Customers
    • Employees
    • Entry-level to experienced Network Administrator
    • Senior Network Engineer
    • Presales Engineer
    • Design Engineer
    • Data Center Administrator
    • Senior Systems Engineer
    • Senior Technical Solutions Architect