Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation

Course Description

Note: DCAC9K is Firefly's version of Cisco's DCVAI.  Please click on the link to visit the DCAC9K to compare both courses.

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.


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

Who Should Attend

Systems and field engineers, Consulting systems engineers, Technical solutions architects, Cisco integrators and partners

Course Information

Length: 5 day

Format: Lecture and Lab

Delivery Method: Virtual / Onsite

Max. Capacity: 16

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: Implement Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
2: Discover and Initialize the ACI Fabric
3: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Bare-Metal Hosts
4: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for VMs
5: Implement Application Policies
6: Monitor Traffic with Atomic Counters
7: Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
8: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
9: Implement vPC to Hypervisors
10: Deploy Cisco AVS and Micro-Segmentation
11: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
12: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
13: Provision Cisco ACI Using Cisco UCS Director
14: Deploy Service Graph ASA NGFW