Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation (DCVAI) v6.0



In this course, you will prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification exam and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is on the implementation and deployment automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. The course provides rich, hands-on experience in building a data center solution based on Cisco ACI.


  • Systems and field engineers
  • Consulting systems engineers
  • Technical solutions architects
  • Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 and 5000 Series switches and the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series fabric extenders
  • Data center engineers and managers
  • Program managers
  • Project managers


  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Knowledge of data center networking concepts
  • Knowledge of data center storage concepts
  • Knowledge of data center virtualization

Learning Objectives

  • Implement infrastructure virtualization solutions, such as VDC, VRFs, Cisco Nexus 1000v, and Cisco AVS
  • Identify programmability methods and program Cisco Nexus switches using XML, Python, and NXAPI
  • Implement a Cisco ACI solution that provides fabric connectivity to bare-metal hosts, virtual machines, and external Layer 2 and Layer 3 domains
  • Integrate Cisco ACI with virtual machine managers, such as VMware vCenter
  • Enforce application policies in intra- and inter-tenant scenarios
  • Deploy Cisco AVS and microsegmentation
  • Program Cisco ACI using Python, RESTful APIs, and Arya
  • Orchestrate Cisco ACI using the Cisco UCS Director
  • Insert Layer 4 - Layer 7 services into the Cisco ACI fabric
  • Monitor Cisco ACI deployment using atomic counters and other monitoring tools

1. Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation

  • Configuring Logical Device Separation
  • Configuring Virtual Switching Technologies

2. NX-OS Configuration Automation

  • Implementing Configuration Programmability
  • Implementing Configuration Profiles
  • Using Scripting Tools

3. Application-Centric Infrastructure

  • Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Management
  • Cisco ACI Fabric Access Policies

4. Cisco ACI Constructs

  • Tenant-Based Policies
  • VMM Domain Integration
  • Contracts Within an Application Profile

5. Application-Centric Infrastructure Monitoring and Programmability

  • Configuring Monitoring
  • Configuring Security Domains and Role Mapping
  • Cisco ACI Programmability

6. Cisco ACI Enhanced Features

  • Implementing Inter-Tenant Communication
  • vPC
  • Deploying Cisco AVS

7. Application-Centric Infrastructure Networking

  • Packet Flow Internal to the ACI Fabric
  • External Layer 3 Network Integration
  • External Layer 2 Network Integration
  • Configuring Service Insertion and Redirection