Networking has never truly embraced automation, but now with the use of SDN we bring networking into the present. Learn how to use Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure to automate and secure your network, while relieving yourself of the pains of traditional networking. You'll see how Cisco ACI helps network and virtualization admins/engineers deploy and manage applications in a policy and intent driven network through the use of demos, descriptions, and use cases.
Lauren Malhoit has been in IT for over a dozen years. She’s been the host of podcasts and the author of two books as well as a blogger for several reputable tech sites. She can be reached via twitter @Malhoit.
Course Overview (Music) Hi everyone, my name is Lauren Malhoit and welcome to my course, Fundamentals of Using Cisco ACI. Lately we've been watching other parts of the datacenter, such as compute and storage move lightyears ahead of networking by embracing things like automation and orchestration. It's time for networking to catch up. By using Cisco application centric infrastructure networking will no longer be the bottleneck in the datacenter. This course is an introduction to ACI, but we won't just learn some of the terms or only run through some tasks on installation, let's say. We'll learn exactly how to setup an ACI fabric. And more importantly, why we're doing it that way and why we're using Cisco ACI. Some of the major topics that we'll cover include, getting familiar with the application policy infrastructure controller or APIC. Using network switches in the most optional way. Creating policies to automate traffic flow and finally avoiding the pains that come along with traditional networking, like, for example, spanning tree. By the end of this course you'll know why software defined networking, specifically with the ACI, is the right way to do networking moving forward. You'll know how to deploy an application and create policies to manage it. And you'll feel comfortable with some of the new ideas brought forth with SDN and ACI. Before beginning the course, you should be familiar with basic networking. Something you might learn from a CCNA certification, for example. Though you don't need to be able to deep dive on things like dynamic routing protocols or anything like that. It's good to be familiar with things like subnets, IP addressing and VLANs. This is a fairly high level course though. And though it is very technical and just riddled with demos, there's a lot more to learn and I'll be publishing future courses to deep dive into some of these topics. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn Cisco ACI with this fundamentals course at Pluralsight. (Music)