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DCVAI 6.2 – Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation


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  • 5 Days Course
    Data Center Switching

    Classroom + Online

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    Course Details


    The Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) course is a skills-building course that focuses 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.


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    Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

    • Describe two primary features to logically separate a physical switch
    • Describe the Nexus 1000 virtual switch, programmability options on Cisco NX-OS, and different scripting tools available with Cisco NX-OS
    • Describe CLI features that simplify configuration management
    • Introduce the high-level concepts and describe the different fabric discovery parameters for Cisco ACI.
    • Introduce the high-level concepts and describe the different fabric discovery parameters for Cisco ACI
    • Create tenant-based policies for bare metal hosts
    • Describe the integration of VM Manager Domains with Cisco ACI
    • Describe how Cisco ACI supports multitier applications, it’s monitoring capabilities, and programmability and orchestration
    • Describe vPC-based aggregation and availability
    • Describe Cisco AVS, distributed firewall, and micro-segmentation
    • Describe packet flows within the Cisco ACI and integrating Cisco ACI with external Layer 3 network
    • Describe how L4–L7 services are inserted into the Cisco ACI fabric, and how traffic is subsequently redirected


    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: Data Center Compute Resource Parameters Design

    • 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

    Target Audience

    • Network Designer
    • Network Administrator
    • Network Engineer
    • System Engineer
    • Consulting Systems Engineer
    • Technical Solutions Architect
    • Channel Partners


    To fully benefit from this course, students attending this training should have completed the following courses or obtained the equivalent level of knowledge:

    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0 or higher
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0 or higher
    • Configuring Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches in ACI Mode (DCAC9K) v2.0 or higher
    • Good understanding of the VMware environment


    It is recommended that a learner has the following knowledge and skills before attending this course:

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