Last Updated Feb 14th, 2017
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CCNA to CISCO ACI Fast Track Preparation Course
Coupon Code NA2ACI-13
Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure - Advanced ACI Course
Coupon Code LAUNCHSP1
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Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is Cisco's Data Center SDN solution, and the foreseeable future's replacement of nearly 50-60% of the current Data Center Infrastructure install base worldwide.
In a full program aimed at mastering ACI skills, this ACI training is your first Application Centric Infrastructure course, and the first step to master Cisco's ACI (data center Software Defined Networks [SDN] solution). Mastering ACI skills will enable you to become among the elite crowd of network experts in this new and niche IT trend.
This course is the first online, publicly available, comprehensive training material on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure in one place.
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Mastering ACI starts with this course
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This ACI training course covers current IT trends such as big data and cloud which are challenging the transport network infrastructure, and posing a big pressure on its ability to cope with the increasing traffic and automation demands. Current Data Center network infrastructures must cope with the required elasticity to scale up or down on-demand. Customers must be able to easily add/remove services or workloads in their data center infrastructure without having to go through extended lead times of design, deploy, test and commission phases of every single change to be made, this is not working anymore. The answer to these challenges is the introduction of Software Defined Networks (SDN), of which Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is the Cisco version.
Turning the blind eye to these changes as a network professional and how they could impact will not work, network professionals need to adapt and learn these skills asap or stay behind of the game.
Cloud and similar new trends are here to stay, forecasts of tens of billions dollars for cloud business over the next 3-5 years. It is becoming imperative to start mastering these skills. Cisco being the largest market share holder in LANs and DC network infrastructure, Cisco’s SDN solution, ACI, becomes a priority to learn.
This will not only take your skill level to the next step, but will also make you amongst the very limited and scarce pool of network professionals who master these solutions. This mastery would potentially result in job moves with much higher pay levels. Join this course now, and stay at the top with the networking professionals who are on very high demand, Act Now!
Learn and Master the Most common and talked about SDN solution in the industry today!
This course will teach you:
Mastering ACI starts with this course
What are the requirements?
Broken down, this course constitutes a comprehensive high-level technical introduction to Cisco ACI. Today, the Data Center (DC) network infrastructures are not coping with the demands of hot IT trends such as Cloud, Big Data where the network is required to be flexible and responds to required changes dynamically, with the least required manual intervention possible. Software Defined Networks (SDNs), is the answer and solution to these challenges, and Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) is Cisco’s SDN solution for the DC network challenges faced today.
It starts with where we stand today, classical Data Center (DC) network infrastructures, and how things are being done today, where manual intervention required in almost every single task we do to change/enhance/upgrade networks. This course then explains Software Defined Networks (SDN), at a high level, as an answer to classical DC network infrastructure problems. Then ACI, which is Cisco’s SDN solution, is explained starting from the theoretical (policy) model, through how ACI fabric is built, its components, and then gets into the explanation of how logically the ACI fabric functions, how it is controlled by Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC) , the function of each, and how they communicate to instantiate the intended state. ACI can’t function without connecting to the surrounding/existing network (LAN, WAN), hence, this course also explains the available connectivity options from ACI to existing networks, this will cover Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity options, and then once this is understood the course talks about adding other components/services to the Data Center, it explains how NG Firewalls, Load Balancer, SSL off-load functions are added to the ACI fabric to give it the required services common in data centers. Nexus 9000 Hardware is then explained briefly to give you an understanding of what hardware can be used for ACI solutions.
One step further, the course introduces, at a high level, how to migrate the existing physical and virtual workloads from the existing DC network to ACI based DC network. Last but not least, the course gets into application health, and how ACI monitors that closely with a very deep visibility into application flows, delay, latency, security, QoS and other application related statistics in real time. Covering all this in an introduction course basically, gives you the ability to skim through ACI’s different aspects and understand carefully the benefits and simplification ACI provides and how it constitutes an answer to SDN requirements.
The course then concludes by providing a road map of next learning steps for those who want to dig deeper into ACI solution, by understanding more of its functionality, exploring more features and migration details, and learn how to configure ACI from the GUI interface. This should make it easier for you to decide on your next learning steps to reach full mastery of ACI skills.
This course is perfect for any Data Center network focused IT professional who needs to explore new, SDN based, solutions to enhance or refresh existing classical DC networks.
What am I going to get from this course?
Upon completion, you would have completed your first and most important step in your journey to ACI mastery. You will be able to engage in technical discussions comfortably, you will be able to articulate ACI benefits both from a business and technical perspectives, you would have gained a high level comprehensive understanding of ACI and will be able to present at a solution level how ACI fits and solves the challenging requirements of Big Data and Cloud infrastructures.
You will be part of a small group of professionals that acted and did not turn the blind eye to the major shift that is affecting networking profession today, SDN and automation.
This course has a 30-day Money-back guarantee, but I am confident that you won't need to even consider it because of the tremendous value it offers and the right time to learn about SDN and ACI in particular.
Being continuously among the small group that takes action and adopt the new skills is always a great and essential ingredient to career and hence financial success. Cloud, Big Data, SDN and the like are IT Trends that are here to stay at least for the next 3-5 years per analysts. Do not stay behind or turn the blind eye and be Just another network professional, Joint the elite group in networking!
Looking forward to welcoming you in the course
This lecture introduces the training course, who should attend it, course goals, learning objectives, and what this ACI training course is NOT
This lecture sheds some light on how Data Center infrastructures are designed today, also highlights limitations in current data center infrastructures, also, highlights the changing Trends in data center, and networking in general that necessitates the search for alternative solutions, such as Software Defined Networks (SDN)
This lecture explains the policy model, and how ACI adopts a policy model. the different layers of the ACI policy model and the ACI promise theory
This lecture covers the ACI solution components, the Application Centric Infrastructure Controller - APIC and the ACI Fabric ( ACI Leaf and Spine Switches )
This lecture introduces the logical constructs of Application Centric Infrastructure and a brief introduction to the managed object (MO) distribution tree
This lecture explains the Tenant, Context, and Application Network Profile logical constructs
This lecture explains the Bridge Domain, End Point Group EPG, and Contracts
This lecture describes the encapsulation in ACI solution, as well as, the VxLAN use as integrated overlay
Learners will be able to understand the life of a unicast packet from its start at the source through its destination. an introduction to local station table, global station table is also introduced
This lecture describes multicast handling in ACI, Multicast distribution trees (Forwarding Tag Ftag trees)
This lecture explains the startup and discovery of the ACI fabric, how switches discover each other and the APIC, also provides a brief introduction of fabric and access policies
Physical, External, and Virtual Machine Manager domains are explained in this lecture
This section explains the Layer 2 external connectivity option of ACI, also highlights how ACI should connect to classical data center networks during migration
This lecture explains the Layer 3 external connectivity of ACI, L3extout EPG, and how to map external subnets to this EPG
This lectures sheds the light on what a VMM domain is, and how to map EPG end points to the VMM domain
This lecture explains the workflow of APIC integration with VMware vCenter and Miscrosoft SCVMM
This lecture describes how ACI can integrate with external L4-7 services appliances ( virtual or physical)
It also introduces the concept of service graphs, how ACI policy includes DC services
This lecture describes the two methods APIC can integrate with 3rd party services devices, Device Packages, and OpFlex based integration
Nexus 9500 switch hardware overview is covered in this lecture
Nexus 9300 switch hardware overview is covered in this lecture
ACI's application health scores is explained at a high level to show its benefits, and how it can help in proactive management of the Application Centric Infrastructure
A passionate instructor with 11+ years CCIE certified, with 23 years of networking focused experience, covering all capacities from implementation, support, design, consulting, and training. He has assumed networking jobs in multinational companies spanning 3 continents including Cisco, IBM and Global Knowledge among other companies.
He also assumed the network engineer, pre-sales engineer, senior pre-sales engineer, network operations engineer, Instructor, Consultant, and Architect roles during his career. His experience spans multiple solutions/technologies pertaining to LAN/WAN/Wireless/Data Center/Cloud/Security to name a few.
During his years of experience, he also assumed the network lead architect role on major multi-million dollar projects in different geographies, and different industries including, Education, Aviation, Public sector, Financial, Healthcare, and Oil and Gas. He also conducted networking related advanced training courses in Europe, APAC, Africa, and Middle East region in the capacity of a certified systems instructor.
One important skill he has, is the ability to break down complex topics into smaller, easy-to-learn nuggets. This, coupled with his ability to design content that can explain the difficult concepts following a step by step way and make easy for anyone to master it, because it does make sense at the end and follows logic.
He recently decided to dedicate more time to develop and conduct niche, hot skills, knowledge content, from the ground up, and make it available at a very affordable cost, high quality to the learners across the globe in multiple languages. The content caters for all levels of knowledge/experience, but is aimed for everyone to end up mastering the skills that content is built to teach. With his passion and enthusiasm to being an educator who not only teach but learn from his students' feedback and recommendations, this move has made him find where he can have the best satisfaction watching his students steer in the right direction, master the best skills, at the perfect time for the best outcomes.
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 8400+ 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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