The Installing and Applying Cisco ESC with Cisco NSO (NSO201) is a 1-day instructor-led, lab-based, hands-on course that introduces the use of Cisco Elastic Services Controller (ESC) in an OpenStack or VMware environment. The Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) framework is a network architecture concept that uses existing virtualization technologies to virtualize network functions for providing services.


After finishing this course, you will be able to:
  • Install and maintain Cisco ESC in an OpenStack or VMware environment
  • Manage images, flavors, and networks using Cisco ESC
  • Deploy new virtual network functions (VNFs) using Cisco ESC
  • Monitor VNFs using custom metrics to perform fault recovery or scale-in/out
  • Describe integration of Cisco ESC with Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) to create an NFV solution


The course contains these components:
  • Cisco ESC Architecture
    • Cisco ESC Architecture
    • VNF Lifecycle in Cisco ESC
  • Cisco ESC Installation and Upgrade
    • Cisco ESC Installation on OpenStack
    • Cisco ESC Upgrade on OpenStack
    • Cisco ESC High Availability on OpenStack
    • Cisco ESC Installation on VMware
    • Cisco ESC Post-Installation Tasks
    • Lab: Installing Cisco ESC on OpenStack
  • Managing VM Resources in Cisco ESC
    • Managing Tenants
    • Managing Networks and Subnets
    • Managing Images and Flavors
  • Deploying and Configuring Virtual Network Functions
  • Deployment Data Model
    • Day-0 Configuration
    • Placement Rules
    • Deploying VNFs in OpenStack
    • Deploying VNFs in VMware
    • Deployment Notifications
    • Lab: Manage VNFs on OpenStack using Cisco ESC
  • Monitoring, Scaling and Healing Virtual Network Functions
    • Cisco ESC KPI and Rules Datamodel
    • Monitoring VNF Health and Healing
    • Monitoring VNF Load and Scaling
    • Custom Metrics and Actions
    • Dynamic Mappings
    • VNF Operations
    • Lab: Deployment Scaling
    • Lab: Custom Metrics and Custom Actions
  • Cisco ESC Integration
    • Cisco ESC Northbound APIs
    • Cisco NSO Integration
    • Virtual MPLS VPN
    • Resource Manager
    • VM Management Service
    • Lab: Cisco ESC Integration with Cisco NSO

Prerequisite Knowledge

Cisco recommends that you have the following prerequisite knowledge and skills:
  • Basic knowledge of the command line of UNIX-like operating systems
  • Basic NETCONF knowledge
  • Basic OpenStack knowledge

For completion of Cisco NSO integration, the following additional knowledge is required: