Getting to know SDN with
Cisco ACI


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Getting to know SDN with Cisco ACI

In this online training course, students will be provided with a fundamental understanding of Software Defined Networking (SDN). This course will focus on Cisco’s approach to SDN in the Data Center and Enterprise Campus environments.


Raymond Lacoste,
CCNP R&S, CCNA Data Center

Course Information

Skills Learned

Students will learn:

  • Learn what SDN networking is
  • Know what a Spine/Leaf architecture is
  • Understand what APIC and APIC-EM are
  • Learn what a Northbound and Southbound API are
  • Better understand Policies and why they are valuable
  • Know what programming language they should focus on

Who Should Attend This Course

Anyone looking to get a better understanding of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and how to utilize it.


No previous experience is required… however, having a background/knowledge of routed and switched networks is a bonus.

Course Outline

  • Overview of traditional networks
  • What is SDN?
  • Southbound Communication
  • The Role Applications Play
  • Northbound Communication
  • Cisco SDN Vision
  • Cisco SDN for the DC
  • Cisco ACI Devices
  • Cisco SDN for the Enterprise
  • Cisco SDN Controllers
  • Accessing the APIC
  • Controllers Demonstration
  • Why ACI?
  • Policies
  • Do I need to Learn Programming?
  • Programming Demo


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