Learning path

Cisco ACI

Skill Level
Fundamentals
Duration 16h 10m
Updated Jun 13, 2023

About this learning path

Cisco ACI is a policy-driven CLOS or Spine/Leaf based switching fabric utilizing layer 3 ECMP routing in the underlay and VXLAN encapsulation in the overlay to transport layer two and layer three traffic East/West across the fabric and North/South in and out of the fabric. ACI consists of the Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC), a centralized controller that manages all aspects of the ACI fabric. The leaf switches are ToR switches that provide connectivity between servers and external networks, and the spine switches are Layer 3 switches that provide ECMP high-bandwidth connectivity between leaf switches. An ACI fabric can be expanded East/West by adding leafs, cabling to the spines, and registering them. ACI was designed to operate as "One Big Switch" (like a chassis-based NEXUS 7K) with the controllers acting like the Supervisors, the spines as fabric modules, and leafs acting as blades. We can decouple these elements from the chassis and place them anywhere in the data center by taking this approach. The leafs (blades) can be placed anywhere in the data center, so you are not limited to a chassis.

Your instructors

World Wide Technology

Principal Solutions Architect

World Wide Technology

Technical Solutions Architect - ACI

Prerequisites

  1. Basic networking concepts including VLANs, IP address, and discovery protocols
  2. Basic understanding of navigation through VMware vSphere
  3. Use of SFTP for backup and restore

What you'll learn

  1. Tutorial on VXLAN 101 and ACI 101 basics
  2. ACI fundamentals
  3. Initial configuration of the APIC 6.0 controller via APIC console using the APIC simulator
  4. APIC 6.0 switch Fabric Discovery via the registration process
  5. APIC 6.0 GUI Discovery self-discovery of the APIC sections
  6. Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) Networking to connect a Vsphere 7 vcenter to ACI and create a new ACI 6.0 created DVS in vCenter
  7. ACI Contracts
  8. Policy Filter and Contracts
  9. Deploying a 3-Tier App Profile
  10. L2/L3 and micro-segmentation

Technologies

Learning path
Cisco ACI
  1. 1. Data Center Networking Fundamentals
    1. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Day 2 Operations and Visibility in the Modern Data Center
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    2. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Data Center Networking Past Present and Future
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    3. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content MP-BGP EVPN for the Beginner
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  2. 2. Cisco ACI Overview
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    2. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content The Vision and Reality of ACI Anywhere
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  3. 3. Building an ACI Fabric
    1. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI 5.0 Virtual Simulator Lab 1 - Initial APIC Setup
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    2. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI 5.0 Virtual Simulator Lab 2 - ACI Fabric Discovery
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    4. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI 5.0 Virtual Simulator Lab 4 - VMM Networking
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    5. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI Fundamentals Lab Part 1
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  4. 4. Configuring Basic ACI Constructs
    1. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI Self Service Training Lab 5 - ACI Constructs
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    2. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI Self Service Training Lab 6 - Policy Filters and Contracts
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    3. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI Self Service Training Lab 7 - Deploying a 3-Tier App Profile
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    4. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI Self Service Training Lab 8 - Layer-2 Connectivity
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    5. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI Self Service Training Lab 9 - Layer-3 Connectivity
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    6. Enroll in this learning path to view locked content Cisco ACI Self Service Training Lab 10 - Micro-Segmentation
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  5. 5. Conclusion
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