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DCVAI - Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation v6.2

Learn how to virtualize and program data centers as well as implement the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI).

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$1950 - $5714 CAD

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Course Overview

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The DCVAI - Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation course 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.

You’ll master the professional-level skills and technologies needed to implement Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), virtualization, and automation of data center operations.


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What You'll Learn

  • Describe two primary features to logically separate a physical switch.
  • Describe the Nexus 1000 virtual switch.
  • Describe programmability options on Cisco NX-OS.
  • Describe CLI features that simplify configuration management.
  • Use different scripting tools available with Cisco NX-OS.
  • 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.
  • List Cisco ACI monitoring capabilities.
  • Describe Cisco ACI programmability and orchestration.
  • Describe vPC-based aggregation and availability.
  • Describe Cisco AVS, distributed firewall, and micro-segmentation.
  • Describe packet flows within the Cisco ACI.
  • Describe integrating Cisco ACI with external Layer 3 networks.
  • Outline the integration options with external Layer 2 networks.
  • Describe how L4–L7 services are inserted into the Cisco ACI fabric and how traffic is subsequently redirected.


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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: Cisco ACI 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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Guided Lab 1: Implement Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
Guided Lab 2: Discover and Initialize 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: Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
Guided Lab 7: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
Guided Lab 8: Implement vPC to Hypervisors
Guided Lab 9: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
Guided Lab 10: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
Guided Lab 11: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
Guided Lab 12: Provision Layer 2 Extension Using Cisco UCS Director
Guided Lab 13: Deploy Service Graph ASA NGFW



Who Should Attend

  • Network Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners

Vendor Credits


This course can be purchased using Cisco Learning Credits (CLCs).

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Training Exclusives

Classroom and Virtual Classroom sessions of this course include access to the following benefits:

  • IT Skills Video On-Demand Library (over 40,000 titles)
  • Introduction to Cybersecurity digital learning course
  • Course Recordings
  • IT Resource Library
  • Digital Courseware
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Master Cisco technologies on your own schedule. The on-demand version of this course includes access to these elements for 12 months.

  • Bookmarking tools
  • Progress analytics
  • Gamification with leaderboards
  • Searchable glossary
  • Lab recordings
  • Instructor Videos
  • Student Guide
  • Discovery and Integrated Labs
  • Content Review Questions
  • Challenge Tests and Labs
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Course Delivery

This course is available in the following formats:

Classroom Live

Receive face-to-face instruction at one of our training center locations.

Duration: 5 day

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Experience expert-led online training from the convenience of your home, office or anywhere with an internet connection.

Duration: 5 day


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