The Configuring ACI in the Cisco Nexus Data Center (CACND) v1.0 is a 4-day instructor-led course that introduces learners to the advanced knowledge and skill sets required to successfully deploy, maintain, and troubleshoot Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI) in a data center environment.
The course teaches learners the fundamental concepts that Cisco ACI and its operational elements are built on, and explores in detail the hardware components used, namely the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches, and the Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC). Learners learn how to configure the various parts of the ACI environment to create a fully functional data center network based on this technology. The course also explains troubleshooting through specific exercises and teaches how to migrate a traditional data center environment to Cisco ACI.
This course combines lecture materials and hands-on labs throughout to make sure that learners are able to successfully deploy, configure, maintain, and troubleshoot a Cisco ACI environment.

This course can be delivered both in a classroom as well as virtually. When delivered virtually the length of the course is extended to 5 days.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe the philosophy behind the Cisco ACI model
  • Describe and configure the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches
  • Configure the Cisco APIC
  • Configure Cisco ACI Management
  • Configure hypervisor integration with the Cisco APIC
  • Explain ACI network programmability and orchestration
  • Perform monitoring and troubleshooting with Cisco ACI
  • Perform migration of a traditional data center to Cisco ACI


The course contains these components:
  • Foundations of the Data Center
  • Introduction to Cisco ACI
  • Lab: Exploring the Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Examining Cisco ACI Component Architecture
  • Lab: Exploring the Cisco APIC
  • Cisco ACI Configuration and Operation
  • Lab: Configuring Cisco ACI Operational Elements
  • Lab: Configuring Cisco ACI Layer 4–Layer 7 Service Insertion
  • Lab: Configuring Cisco ACI Hypervisor Integration
  • Lab: Configuring Cisco ACI External Connectivity
  • Lab: Cisco ACI Troubleshooting
  • Cisco ACI Migration
  • Lab: Migrating an Existing Data Center to Cisco ACI

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Complete knowledge of traditional networking
  • Recommended is knowledge of data center and virtualization