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Application Centric Infrastructure Engineer (ACIE)


The Application Centric Infrastructure (ACIE) is a Cisco Technologies course that is developed for whom seeking to understand Cisco ACI SDN Solution in Datacenters. The course validates the ability to design, configure, and operate Cisco ACI fabric in Single Datacenter and across Datacenters. The course is recommended for Datacenter Networking Specialists, Datacenter Networking  Admins, and Datacenter Networking Designers.

This course is part of our Engineered Training Services that deliver value-added courses which cover the concerned technologies from all aspects as well as other related fundamentals or technologies from zero level to the expert level incorporating case studies and real-life scenarios that benefit participants in their actual work environment.

Course Prerequisites


Below requirements should be fulfilled before applying to the ACIE course:

  • Solid understanding of the below technologies:

    • Cisco vPC​.

    • VXLAN.


    • MP-BGP Protocol.

    • IPv4 Multicast PIM Protocol.

  • Recommended to have at least 1 – 3 years of networking experience.

  • Recommended to have a laptop in Lab sessions.

Course Related Certifications

This course is not aligned to any Cisco exam. The Course is custom developed for Cisco ACI Technologies and can be recommended for all who seeks to take:

  • CCNA Datacenter Certification

  • CCNP Datacenter Certification

  • CCIE Datacenter Certification.

Course Objectives

  • Understanding Cisco ACI solution including architecture, key features, and configurations.

  • Understanding ACI Nexus 9000 hardware architecture designed for Cisco ACI solution.

  • Understanding and configuring the ACI policy model, fabric policies, access policies, L2/L3 connectivity, and    L4-L7 device insertion.

  • Understanding Cisco ACI Virtual Machine Networking for Virtualized Environments.

  • Ability to size and design Cisco ACI solution for given data center networking requirements.

  • Understanding ACI deployments across datacenters with single point of control.

Course Added Values

  • Delivering the optimum technical knowledge reflecting experience and real-life scenarios in the class.

  • Understanding Best practice designs, configurations and recommendations.

  • Consolidating Cisco ACI fundamentals, architecture, Data plane, Control plane, and configurations in one course delivering a complete vision of how datacenters networking can be designed, configured and operated.

  • Delivering the latest architectures, technologies and devices models ensuring transferring up-to-date knowledge compared with regular certificate courses.


Datacenter Netwokring

Datacenter SDN


40 hour



Target Audience

System (Presales) Engineers

Solution Architects

Implementation Engineers

Operations Engineers


Offsite Classroom

Onsite Classroom

Online Classroom

Tools and Materials

Animated Presentation

Labs (Simulators/Real Gears)

Student Book - Printed Copy

Course Outline

Module 1: Understanding ACI Fundamentals

  • ACI Overview

  • ACI Building Blocks

  • ACI Architecture

  • ACI Policy-Driven Model


Module 2: Understanding ACI Fabric Connectivity

  • ACI Fabric Policies

  • ACI Access Policies

  • ACI Virtual Portchannels

  • ACI Virtual Machine Networking

  • ACI L2 External Networking

  • ACI L3 External Networking

  • ACI L4-L7 Service Insertion 


Module 3: Understanding ACI Fabric Operation

  • ACI Fabric discovery

  • ACI Data Plane forwarding

  • ACI ARP Traffic Handling

  • ACI Endpoint Learning

  • ACI Policy Identification and Enforcement

  • ACI Loop Prevention


Module 4: Understanding ACI Extensions Across Datacenters

  • ACI Fabric Extension Overview

  • ACI Multipod

  • ACI Remote Leaf

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