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Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure - ACI - Explained
by Isa Serif
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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.
This course is your first step to master Cisco's SDN solution, and will enable you to be among the small pool of network experts in this new and niche IT trend.
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Current IT trends such as big data and cloud 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
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.
What are the requirements?
What is the target audience?
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 took 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!
If this resonates with what you are aspiring, financial and career success, then take this course now and join me in the ACI Mastery Journey!
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|Section 1: Start Here|
In this lecture, the purpose of this course, course pre-requisite knowledge, who should attend this course, and what this course is NOT are explained to make it clear, which learners should attend and which learners should rather start from the deep dive courses, rather than this one
This lecture explains how Data Center (DC) networks are being designed and built, and the limitations the classical DC networks have that would limit them from coping with Cloud and other infrastructure trends happening today, and gaining a lot of momentum in the marketplace.
|Section 2: Application Centric Infrastructure - Policy Model explained|
This lecture explains how the Policy model works, what layers are involved, how would the actual ACI fabric be configured, and who controls and orchestrates all these activities to get ACI up and running
This lectures explains the building blocks of the ACI solution, how they function together.
|Section 3: Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) -Policy Model Constructs|
Introduction to ACI logical constructs
This lectures explains tenant, context, and Application Network Profile ACI constructs, and their inter-relation
This lecture continues to explain the ACI logical constructs, by explaining Bridge Domains, Inter-Subnet routing logical gateways in ACI, and End Point Groups (EPGs)
|Section 4: How ACI handles encapsulation, Unicast & MultiDestination traffic&Load Balancing|
This lecture explains how ACI handles traffic arriving with differing headers
Unicast Traffic Handling in ACI
Multicast traffic handling in ACI, and Load balancing
ACI startup and autodiscover & Fabric/Access policies
|Section 5: ACI networking domains|
Introduction to network domains in ACI
Layer 2 External connectivity in ACI
Layer 3 External connectivity in ACI
|Section 6: ACI and Virtual Environments integration|
EPG is the entity where the policy is applied in ACI, and Virtualization is all over the place, how can ACI deal with Virtual machines and map them to EPGs
APIC integration with VMware vCenter and MicroSoft SCVMM
|Section 7: Service Insetion - Layer 4-7 Services in ACI|
How to apply services like firewall, Application Deliver Controllers in ACI
How does APIC integrate with 3rd party devices such as Cisco, F5, and others to control them as part of the important services any DC should provide
|Section 8: Migration after ACI is deployed|
High level overview example of how workload(servers) can be migrated from a classical DC to ACI fabric once ready
|Section 9: Nexus 9000 hardware|
Cisco Nexus 9500 modular switches overview
Nexus 9300 fixed configuration switches as they pertain to ACI
|Section 10: Application Health Scores, Next Learning Steps, Feedback|
APIC has a deep visibility in application details, requirements, flows, latency...etc, this lecture provides an overview of application health scores feature of ACI
This lectures explain the next learning activities in the journey to ACI mastery
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Isa is a 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.
Isa has 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.
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