The Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0 is a 5-day product training course that provides you with the knowledge and skills to understand and utilize a programmable fabric design built on Cisco Nexus® 9000 Series Switches in Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI) mode. This course is a deep dive into Cisco ACI design, covering design considerations and best practices, so you can build solid ACI solutions and avoid common mistakes that can impact the network infrastructure. With a focus on various design use cases, this course provides information that can help you practice design decisions, validate your designs, and apply best practices while using Cisco ACI in your multiservice or cloud data centers.


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Learning Objectives

After taking this course, you should be able to:
Design Cisco ACI access policies according to best practices
Use fabric system settings
Design Cisco ACI logical components
Design the migration of IP and logical components from an existing data center to Cisco ACI
Design Cisco ACI physical structure
Migrate existing data center connectivity and physical components from an existing environment to Cisco ACI
Design Cisco ACI external Layer 3 connectivity and Cisco ACI Layer 4–7 service insertion, including PBR-based service redirection
Design the L4-L7 service insertion in single-pod Cisco ACI, by evaluating the available options and choosing the optimal connectivity flow
Design L4-L7 service insertion in Cisco ACI Multi-Pod
Design a transit routing solution
Design service sharing using vzAny
Build a migration plan for Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity, including L3Outs and contracts
Migrate vSphere compute environment to Cisco ACI
Design QoS for interpod and intersite networks
Design the DHCP Relay feature, SPAN feature, Port Tracking feature, Import/Export policies, and Snapshot/Rollback feature


  • Designing Access Policies

    Using Fabric System Settings

    Designing Logical Components

    Use Case: Migration of IP and Logical Structure

    Designing Physical Structure

    Use Case: Migration of Connectivity and Physical Components

    Designing L3Outs and Service Insertion

    Use Case: Service Insertion in Single Pod

    Use Case: Service Insertion in Cisco ACI Multi-Pod

    Use Case: L3Out Transit Routing

    Use Case: Shared Services vzAny and Endpoint Security Groups

    Use Case: Migration of Layer 2 and Layer 3 Connectivity

    Use Case: VMware Data Center Migration to Cisco ACI

    Use Case: IPN and ISN QoS

    Use Case: DHCP Relay and SPAN


This course is designed for the following roles: Network designer Network engineer Systems engineer Data center engineer Consulting systems engineer Technical solutions architect Cisco integrators/partners




Before taking this course, you should have: Familiarity with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure implementations Familiarity with data center infrastructure operations Familiarity with the management of Cisco data center switches Familiarity with virtualization fundamentals These recommended Cisco learning offerings may help students meet these prerequisites: Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA) 0 Understanding Cisco Data Center Foundations (DCFNDU) v1.1 Implementing Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (DCACI) v1.1


Length: 5.0 days (40 hours)


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