The Building the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure (CLDACI) v1.0 is a 5-day lab-intensive instructor-led course that introduces learners to the process of implementing public, private, and hybrid cloud based on Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). Cisco ACI is a comprehensive solution that makes the application the focal point. Cisco ACI is delivered on an agile, open, and highly secure architecture. A simple, policy-based approach allows for reduction of application deployment times from weeks to minutes.
The course provides required knowledge for the Cisco 300-475 CLDDACI exam that is part of the Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Cloud certification, a professional level certification specializing in Cloud technologies.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe Cisco ACI fundamentals
  • Integrate Cisco ACI with VM managers
  • Implement application policies
  • Configure Layer 4 to Layer 7 services
  • Extend Cisco ACI to external Layer 3 and Layer 4 connections
  • Configure orchestration and automation tools, protocols and application programming interfaces (APIs)


The course contains these components:
  • Implement Cisco ACI Fundamentals
    • Describing Cisco ACI Architecture
    • Configuring Cisco APIC
    • Integrating Cisco ACI with Virtual Machine Managers
    • Lab: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Virtual Machines
    • Enforcing Application Policy
    • Lab: Implement Application Policies
    • Examining Data Flow
    • Lab: Monitor Traffic with Atomic Counters
  • Implement Cisco ACI Enhanced Features
    • Implementing Virtual Port Channels
    • Lab: Deploy vPC Connections to Hypervisors
    • Deploying Cisco AVS
    • Lab: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
    • Implementing Inter-Tenant Communication
    • Lab: Add Bare Metal Hosts and Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
    • Configuring Layer 4 Through Layer 7 Services
    • Lab: Integrate Cisco ASA Firewall in Cisco ACI Fabric
  • Configure Cisco ACI External Connections
    • Implementing External Layer 3 Connections
    • Lab: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
    • Enabling External Layer 2 Connections
    • Lab: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
  • Automate and Design Cisco ACI Deployment
    • Programming and Orchestrating Cisco ACI
    • Lab: Provision Cisco ACI Using Cisco UCS Director
    • (Optional) Lab: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
    • Migrating Data Center to Cisco ACI

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Good understanding of networking protocols:
  • Good understanding of the VMware environment:
    • Recommended is knowledge that can be gained by attending the VMware vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage course

Associated certifications