ACI Integration and OpenStack (ACISTK)

ACI Integration and OpenStack (ACISTK) is a 3-day course providing an introduction to ACI, OpenStack and the tools needed for proper integration. This course will educate the students about ACI integration with OpenStack and will include hands-on labs, which will reinforce the concepts covered. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of ACI Architecture, be familiar with OpenStack, have fundamental Linux skills, and a working understanding of general networking, subnets, and VLANs. This course will help you understand OpenStack concepts, OpenStack System Architecture and Components, ACI Design, Architecture, and Concepts, plus much more. View our IT course outline with course objectives detailed below.

Retail Price: $3,595.00

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Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • OpenStack Concepts, design, and implementation. 
  • OpenStack System Architecture and Components
  • OpenStack network architecture
  • ACI Design, Architecture and Concepts
  • Understand Opflex implementation with Openstack.
  • Integration of ACI with OpenStack networking.



The level of knowledge and skills that the learner should have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Basic understanding of ACI Architecture
  • Familiarity with OpenStack
  • Basic skills using Linux
  • Understanding of VLANs, subnets, and general networking.

Course Outline


Module 1: ACI Architecture

  • ACI Overview
  • ACI Components
  • ACI Policy Model
  • APIC Features and purpose
  • OpFlex Protocol


Module 2: ACI Fabric

  • ACI Fabric Operation
  • ACI Policy
  • Virtual Machine Integration
  • Fabric Forwarding
  • External L2/L3 Connectivity


Module 3: OpenStack Overview

  • Cloud definition
  • DevOps requirements
  • OpenStack history
  • OpenStack design
  • OpenStack adoption


Module 4: OpenStack Architecture

  • OpenStack Architecture
  • Primary Project In OpenStack
  • OpenStack and ACI integration


Module 5: OpenStack Networking

  • Neutron basics
  • ML design
  • Plugin architecture
  • Open virtual switch
  • NXoS integration
  • Network design


Module 6: ACI Integration

  • ML2 Plugin Overview
  • Plugin Components
  • Mapping Group Based Policy to APIC
  • Virtual environment Integration
  • Connecting to other networks
  • Network address translation
  • sNAT
  • Floating IP addresses
  • Host Networking


Module 7: Group-Based Policy (GBP) for OpenStack

  • GBP design
  • GBP Plugin
  • GBP implementation


Lab Outline

  • Lab 1: APIC Exploration
  • Lab 2: Setup of OpenStack
  • Lab 3: GBP Plugin Setup and Operations (CentOS/Kilo)

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