In this course, students will discuss specifically how to migrate to ACI using two different methods: Network mode and Application mode. In addition, students will discuss virtualization migration, fabric path migrations, & other migration topics.


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Learning Objectives

- Discuss options available to migrate servers and applications to ACI
- Better understand the end requirements and map the right ACI migration mode(s)
- Articulate the high-level steps of a selected ACI migration mode
- Understand the applicability of migration modes to your business outcomes

  • ACI Migration

  • Network Centric Hybrid (Network & Application Centric)

    ACI Migration Application Centric

  • Hardware & Software Migration

  • Repurposing existing hardware

    Determine hardware requirements for migration

    Migration from NXos to ACI on a Nexus 9000 Reverting to NXoS

    Migrating from VMware DVS to AVS

    Migrating from Nexus 1000V to AVS

  • Multi-POD ACI Deployments

  • Connecting two ACI Fabrics
    Single Fabric Scenarios

  • Migrating a Brownfield Network to ACI

  • L2 Connectivity with VLAN to EPG Static Mapping

    Virtual Workloads Migration Considerations

    Default Gateway Migration Considerations

    L3 Routing Between Brownfield and Greenfield Networks

    Migration of L4-L7 Network Services

  • Managing Flooding Within the Fabric

  • Multi-Destination Protocol Traffic
    Configure ACI Bridge Domain settings
    Migrate Workloads
    Complete the Migration

  • Managing the Default Gateway

  • Migrating Default Gateway to the ACI Fabric
    Extension and Connecting
    Gradual Migration
    Simple Policy During Migration - Any-to-Any Configuration
    Dynamic ACL’s
    vPC & ACI Co-Existence

  • L4-L7 Migration

  • ACI Service Insertion via Policy Automation for Service Insertion and Configuration Service

    Automation Through Device Package L4-7

    Service graph with “unmanaged” device

    Standard Architecture with Services Switch

  • Layer 3 Migration

  • Migrating the Connectivity to the Core
    ACI Routing Capabilities
    Route Export and External EPG Configuration
    VPC and Routing Protocols

  • Migrating WAN & DCI to ACI

  • Single Fabric (Multi-Site (Stretched) Fabric)
    Integration of Stretched ACI Fabric with LISP
    Integrating with OTV
    Same Pervasive GW IP & MAC on independent fabrics
    Multi-Site Leveraging IP Based EPG
    mBGP EVPN - Ethernet VPN
    Multi-Fabric Scenarios

  • Migrating Virtual Switching

  • ACI Provides Automated Integration for all workloads
    VMWare Integration 5.1, 5.5, 6.x, vCenter Plugin and vRealize
    Microsoft Interaction with ACI
    Openstack and OVS Integration with ACI

  • Application Virtual Switch

  • Hypervisor Integration with ACI APIC
    VMWare Integration
    ACI Hypervisor Integration – VMware DVS/vShield
    Application Virtual Switch with OpFlex in ACI Fabri
    Extending ACI to Existing Virtual & Physical Networks
    Remote VTEP (Virtual) via AVS
    Hypervisors vs. Linux Containers
    Docker and ACI

  • FabricPath to ACI Migration

  • Advantages to Adopting ACI over FabricPath
    Initial Design Considerations
    Migration Strategy
    Infrastructure Deployment Considerations
    Migration Scenario 1
    Migration Scenario 2


People interested in Cisco ACI Migration will benefit from this course.




Familiarity with Cisco ACI


Length: 3.0 days (24 hours)


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