CCNA to CISCO ACI fast track preparation course
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Acquire the Cisco ACI pre-requisite knowledge today
4.1 (90 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 12/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Introduction to Switching, Routing, Routing Protocols, Multi Protocol Label Switching,
  • Introduction to Data Center Architectures today, Next Generation Firewalls(NGFWs)
  • Introduction to Server Load Balancing
  • Introduction to Cloud, Cloud offerings and Cloud models
  • Introduction to Servers and Server Virtualization
  • Introduction to Virtual extensible LANs (VxLANs)
  • Introduction to Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization(NFV)
  • How all the above tie together when it comes to Application Centric Infrastructure, and the future of Data Center Networks
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, At the end of this course, Students will learn, at a high level, all the concepts, protocols that are required to start their ACI Journey right away!
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  • CCNA level knowledge and/or equivalent experience
  • Have a clear goal into the network field and a determination to master advanced technologies


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Thank you dear students, this course is now rated among the TOP 10% Rated Courses on, this would not have happened without your great feedback! Thank you so much!

Today, on Udemy, there are more than 6800+ highly satisfied students, from 133 countries, learning Cisco ACI using my ACI courses.

All you need is to have CCNA Routing & Switching knowledge or equivalent experience.

What does that mean to you? It means Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), as a Data Center solution based on Software Defined Networks (SDN), is a very hot skill/solution to learn and is  gaining huge popularity day by day. 

I highly recommend that you do not wait, and get ready to start learning Cisco ACI today itself, be at the forefront of the professionals mastering this skill, and continue to be an in-demand Cisco skill/solution expert.

Cisco has more than 50% of the world wide install base of Data Center Network infrastructure, and will continue to own a major market share for years to come! ACI is a major shift from traditional networking, and mastering it early means you will be exposed to better jobs, higher pay rates, and more job satisfaction through new exciting responsibilities.

The main objective of this course is to facilitate, to the learner, the ability to start learning CISCO's hottest infrastructure solution, Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), NOW, not in so many months or years.

If you are Cisco CCNA certified, CCNP, or possess the equivalent knowledge/experience , then this course is for you!  If you have not been exposed to Data Center, Cloud, Software Defined Networks, Network Function Virtualization, MPLS, and a lot more, this course will be for you as well. It will explain to you all of these terms/technologies/solutions at the level required by you to study and understand ACI.

Do not wait, this course is tailored for you, this is my promise to you. 

If not satisfied, you have a 30 days money back guarantee, no questions asked (which I am confident you will not need).

Why prepare to learn ACI now? Excellent question!

1) ACI is Cisco's flagship solution for Data Center and Cloud Network Infrastructure solutions.

2) ACI is Cisco's recommended replacement of all current Cisco Data Center infrastructure install base, 

3) For any client who desires a cloud ready network infrastructure, ACI is what Cisco is pushing for right now. Knowing Cisco, this will be achieved no matter what.  

Learning this today, means you will be at the forefront of the pool of professionals in-demand to design, deploy, operate, and optimize this solution, hence, higher pay and better opportunities.

The question though remains, how can someone with CCNA knowledge or equivalent experience start learning such an advanced solution today?  

The course fills ALL the gaps between the CCNA level knowledge and that required to start learning and understanding Cisco ACI right now. It has high level introductions for many topics in IT networking including Cloud, Software Defined Networking, Network Function Virtualization, Server Load Balancing, MPLS, Security, VxLAN(core for SDN), and Data Center solutions and technologies. 

The topics covered in this course are:

  • The trends in the networking domain, and IT in general that are pressing and pushing for dramatic changes in the Networking field.
  • Introduction to Switching, Routing, Routing Protocols, Multi Protocol Label Switching(MPLS)
  • Introduction to Data Center Architectures (both logical and physical)
  • Introduction to Cloud basics, Cloud offerings, Cloud models
  • Introduction to Virtualization of Servers
  • Introduction to Software Defined Networks (SDN) 
  • Introduction to Network Function Virtualization   (NFV)
  • Introduction to Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs)
  • Introduction to Server Load Balancing
  • Introduction to Virtual eXtensible LANs (VXLANs)
  • How all the above tie together when it comes to Application Centric Infrastructure, and the future of Data Center Networks

ACI is Cisco's answer to Software Defined Networks (SDN) that is a key requirement for successful Cloud implementations. Basically, ACI is Cisco's flagship solution for any Cloud based DC infrastructure. Learning that greatly enhances you job opportunities and raises your potential pay rates.

Do not set back, Get prepared NOW!

Mastering SDN/ACI skills today is a MUST for anyone who is seeking to be/continue as a highly recognized, well paid, continuously in-demand, IT network Infrastructure professional. 

Learning ACI, SDN, and NFV will secure your career into the IT network infrastructure domain now and in the future.

Another good question you may have, Do you need to stop your current IT journey or drop the books and stop studying for whatever you are studying (e.g. CCNA, NP, IE..etc) to learn this course?

Of Course NOT! All what you need is to be enlightened on what is going on, and how to tackle that promptly with deep understanding/knowledge. See for yourself why learning ACI is a major leap forward you can make to your career.

This course together with the Understanding Cisco Application Centric (ACI) Course on Udemy, will get you deeply involved (at a high level) on what a Data Center is, Routing Protocols, Wide Area Network, MPLS, Security, and Will then take you into what ACI is, its importance, and why it is re-defining the Data Center Infrastructure in the future...

Who can Join this course:

Anyone with Cisco CCNA level knowledge and/or equivalent experience at a minimum. However,  the course is also valid for CCNP professionals and anyone who were not exposed to SDN, NFV, VxLAN, Cloud, and want to ramp up to these solutions/technologies to advance their knowledge/career.

Recommended Prior Education:

The complete guide - IT Network field career planning guide   on Udemy

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This course will further strengthen your information on the HOT skills in-demand and where things are going in the networking field. Optimal IT Network career planning, and the details of the HOT skills (Including Cisco ACI, SDN), Job Roles, Expected Salaries you are up to, and most importantly, helps you build your own career plan with clear goals, time frame, milestones, and investments in time and money.

Recommended Follow Up Education:

Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) deep dive   (due to be released by Mid Oct 2016)

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In the networking domain today, there is nothing hotter than the Software Defined Networks (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV). This course covers a proper Introduction to Cisco ACI, which is Cisco's response to Software Defined Networks for Data Center Infrastructure. The Data Center Infrastructure is the most Important part of the network domain because of Cloud and similar initiatives.

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Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone with Cisco CCNA level knowledge and aiming at learning Cisco's cutting edge, Cloud and Infrastructure solution (ACI)
  • Current Routing and Switching professionals that want to take their career to the next level by mastering the Hottest trends/skills in the market today
  • DevOps working or moving into network and cloud automation roles, who need to refresh or learn at a high level infrastructure components/technologies
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
CCNA to ACI ramp up
20 Lectures 04:02:26

This lecture is an Introduction to the course discussing learning objectives, who should attend, pre-requisites and what the course is NOT..

Preview 10:16

This lecture discusses the reasons why this course is very important, and the motives behind developing this course.

Preview 10:39

This course goes over the important switching concepts, at a high level, yet explains it and what/why we need this to be part of the network infrastructure, also, discusses loop topologies, Spanning Tree, and virtual Port Channels at a high level


This course discusses How to route between VLANs using Subinterfaces and Switched Virtual Interfaces

InterVLan routing, Subinterfaces, and Switched Virtual Interfaces (SVIs)

This lecture discusses the importance of routing protocols, their types, and why we need them, and introduces high level information about OSPF

Routing Protocols - OSPF

This lecture continues with routing protocols and route distribution, and covers a high level introduction Intermediate System - to - Intermediate System (IS-IS)

Intermediate System to Intermediate System and Route Redistribution

This lecture discusses how networks today look like, and how the Wide Area Network (WAN) and Internet are connected back to the network infrastructure

Networks today, Wide Area Network, and Internet

This lecture discusses Data Centers today, Data Center Layout, and touches on different end point (Access layer) deployments such as ToR, EoR and MoR

DC Layout

This lecture discusses the Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), and Server Load Balancers (SLBs) , and their placement in the network infrastructure

Next Generation Firewalls (NGFWs), and Server Load Balancers (SLBs)

This lecture discusses how data centers (DCs) today look like, their scaling, and limitations

Preview 09:09

What limitations are there in current DC implementations that need a solution

Current/Classical Data Center limitations
1 question

This lecture discusses servers, server virtualization at a high level, and also touches on most common virtualization vendors today

Servers and Virtualization

Virtualization is the foundation that enables Cloud success

1 question

An introduction to what we need MPLS, Control Plane and Data Plane, MPLS vs Traditional Routing

Preview 10:37

This lectures explains Labels, Label switching, How labels are generated, as well as introduces the LIB and LFIB tables. Also provides a packet life as it traverses through an MPLS network

MPLS part 2 - Label generation, switching and packet forwarding in MPLS

This lectures explains what a VRF is, and how it can be used in Multi tenant infrastructure.

MPLS part 3 - VRF (Virtual Routing and Forwarding)

This lectures explains MPLS Layer 3 VPNs, how it works, how different tenants can use a shared MPLS cloud and still ensure isolation between them,

MPLS part 4 - MPLS Layer 3 VPN , and MP-BGP

An introduction to Cloud, Cloud offerings, and Cloud models/types (Public, Private, and Hybrid)


Why do you think Cloud is important

Cloud Importance
1 question

This lecture describes the Software Defined Networks, why it is important, and how it helps the cloud success we are seeing today. It also sheds light on the different SDN strategies vendors are adopting including the original SDN flavor.

Software Defined Networks (SDN)

This lectures introduces Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and explains how it works, why we need it, and how it is being used.

Part 2 - Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

This lectures explains in great details why VxLANs are required, what they are used for, and how it works.

Virtual extensible LANs (VxLANs), its importance, and how it works

This lecture concludes the course, and it highlights the reasonable next steps to ACI Mastery and associated training, It also touches on the importance of feedback,

Preview 06:39
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DolfinEd's mission is to provide simplified educational solutions to help everyone through their Infrastructure and Cloud career  journey from beginner to Pro. Led by Eissa A. Sherif, a Cloud and Infrastructure architect, with 23 years of experience, holding multiple industry certificates from Amazon Web Services, Cisco CCIE, RiverBed, Palo Alto to name a few. He had also held multiple technical, design and architecture related positions in different fortune 500 companies including Cisco and IBM across three continents. He is also a passionate certified Systems Instructor dedicated to quality training, who has been honored to teach 100s of classroom based courses in four continents during his career as an advanced technical instructor.

DolfinEd is established with a commitment to quality, simplified, education, from the ground up, at the right price point. Education that caters for the entire spectrum of knowledge and experience levels from novice to to IT pros who would like to add other, hot, skills under their belts.

By following a simple, easy to follow, step by step teaching strategy, breaking the complex of subjects into easy to assimilate learning building blocks, DolfinEd managed to attract 8900+ satisfied students, from 139 countries during its first year on Udemy. 

Building on this success, more content/courses are being added and the current courses are in a continuous update and development to ensure knowlege currency.

As time goes by, plenty of student centric development and enhancements are planned.

Simply, DolfinEd is the learning partner you can rely on!

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