This course is intended as an introduction to ACI for network personnel. Previous knowledge about ACI is not needed, but however, attendees should be familiar with traditional networking and data center networks. The course goes through all the relevant components and concepts of Cisco ACI. It also contains multiple hands-on-labs in a simulated ACI environment.
Cisco ACI (Application Centric Infrastructure) is Cisco's answer to the ever increasing need to build and operate policy-based networks. It is an innovative architecture using SDN (Software Defined Networks) concepts to simplify, accelerate and optimize application deployment lifecycle.
ACI is build around two main components. One is Nexus 9000 hardware that forms the underlying network. It is used to build a Clos network that provides high capacity and low latency for data. The network can be amended with different service components like firewall or load-balancer. All control of the network is done via APIC (Application Policy Infrastructure Controller). APIC is programmed with application network policies that guide, how an application is treated in the network.