Introduction to ACI Architecture (2 Day)

Course Description
This is an Instructor led program with focus on ACI architecture and concepts and is designed for engineers who will be designing and implementing the solution. This is a hands-on course in which attendees will bring-up and using ACI constructs deploy applications on an ACI fabric.

The knowledge and skills that you must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • L2 and L3 Networking Concepts
  • Familiarity with Server Virtualization
  • VMware Administration and Networking (vSwitch, DVS) Concepts
  • L4-7 Services Concepts
  • Familiarity with Cisco UCS

Course Objectives
After this course you should be able to understand:

  • ACI Concepts and Architecture
  • Describe ACI hardware components
  • Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
  • Fabric bring up and Operations
  • Application Deployment using ACI constructs
  • VMM domain (VMware) Integration
  • Programmability features available on ACI
  • Describe Integrating L4-7 services
  • ACI connectivity to external (L2/L3) networks
  • Programmability features of ACI for DevOps

Course Type
Instructor-Led Training, Classroom with Hands-on Lab

Duration: 2 Days

Who should attend
The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data Center Architects
  • Cloud Infrastructure Architects
  • Network Engineers
  • System Administrators
  • Storage Administrators

Course Content

  • Module 1: ACI Overview
    • SDN Primer
    • ACI Overview and Terminology
    • What is ACI trying to solve

  • Module 2: ACI Fabric Switches
    • Nexus 9000 Hardware Overview
    • Hardware Installation

  • Module 3: ACI Policy Model
    • Understanding the ACI Policy Model
    • Enforcing Policy through Contracts

  • Module 4: Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
    • APIC Software and Hardware Architecture
    • Fabric Discovery and Initialization
    • APIC Northbound API
    • APIC GUI / CLI Familiarization

  • Module 5: Fabric Forwarding and Operations
    • Fabric Overview
    • Fabric Addressing
    • Endpoint Learning and Lookup
    • Fabric Forwarding
    • Fabric Innovations

  • Module 6: APIC APIs and Open Source
    • ACI API’s Overview
    • REST API
    • Integration with OpenStack
    • OpFlex – Declarative policy information model
  • Module 7: ACI Hypervisor
    • ACI VMware Integration
    • ACI Hyper-V Integration

  • Module 8: Integrating L4-7 Services with ACI
    • Service Insertion Overview
    • Device Packages

  • Module 9: Connecting to Existing Infrastructure
    • Concept of Inside and Outside
    • Connecting to external Layer-2/3 Networks

  • Module 10: ACI 2 Day Operations
    • Monitoring
    • Management
    • Troubleshooting

  • Labs
    • ACI Fabric Discovery and GUI Familiarization
    • Application Network Profile Creation
    • VMM Integration with VMware