Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0 Course Overview

Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0 Course Overview

The Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0 course is an essential training program for network and data center architects who aim to understand and harness the capabilities of Cisco's Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This course covers a comprehensive range of topics, focusing on the design and deployment of ACI in a variety of scenarios. Learners will delve into designing access policies, optimizing fabric system settings, and conceptualizing logical components necessary for a modern data center.

Modules explore practical use cases, such as migration of IP and logical structures, service insertion strategies in single and multi-pod environments, and transit routing with L3Outs. The curriculum also addresses real-world scenarios, including VMware data center migration to Cisco ACI, QoS considerations, and the configuration of DHCP relay and SPAN.

By the end of the course, participants will have a robust understanding of how to design and implement Cisco ACI solutions to meet their organizational needs, ensuring a scalable, secure, and efficient data center infrastructure. This knowledge is pivotal for optimizing network operations and advancing career opportunities within the field of network design and administration.

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Course Prerequisites

To ensure that our students are adequately prepared to undertake the Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0 course and fully benefit from its content, the following minimum prerequisites are recommended:


  • Basic understanding of networking protocols, routing, and switching.
  • Familiarity with Cisco Ethernet switching products.
  • Understanding of Cisco data center architecture.
  • Knowledge of virtualization fundamentals.
  • Familiarity with VMware and virtual networking.
  • Basic knowledge of Cisco UCS (Unified Computing System).
  • Understanding of the concept of data center automation and orchestration.
  • CCNA or equivalent knowledge is recommended but not mandatory.

These prerequisites are designed to provide a foundation upon which the course content can be effectively built. Students with this baseline knowledge are more likely to grasp the advanced concepts presented in the DCACID course and successfully apply them in their professional environments.


Target Audience for Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0

  1. The DCACID v1.0 course is designed for professionals implementing Cisco ACI, focusing on designing application-centric infrastructures.


  • Network Designers and Architects
  • Data Center Engineers
  • Systems Engineers
  • Network Administrators
  • Network Operations Specialists
  • Cisco Integrators and Partners
  • IT Project Managers involved in networking or data center projects
  • Consulting Systems Engineers
  • Technical Solutions Architects
  • Cisco ACI Support Staff


Learning Objectives - What you will Learn in this Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0?

  1. Introduction: The Designing Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (DCACID) v1.0 course provides a deep dive into ACI design and deployment, focusing on creating efficient, scalable, and secure networks.

  2. Learning Objectives and Outcomes:

  • Understand the essentials of access policies and how they impact ACI design and functionality.
  • Configure and optimize fabric system settings for a tailored ACI environment.
  • Design logical components such as Tenant, Application Profile, and EPG within the ACI framework.
  • Learn best practices for migrating existing IP and logical structures to the ACI model.
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for designing the physical aspects of the ACI, including spines, leaves, and APIC controllers.
  • Execute successful migration strategies for connectivity and physical components to the ACI architecture.
  • Design and implement Layer 3 Out (L3Out) connections and service insertion for external connectivity and services integration.
  • Apply service insertion techniques in single and multi-pod ACI deployments for enhanced network services.
  • Configure transit routing with L3Outs for efficient traffic flow across different network domains.
  • Manage shared services and implement endpoint security through the use of vzAny and Endpoint Security Groups (ESGs).
  • Navigate the complexities of migrating Layer 2 and Layer 3 connectivity to the Cisco ACI environment.
  • Transition VMware data center operations smoothly into an ACI setup, maintaining operational continuity.
  • Understand the intricacies of QoS in IPN (Inter-Pod Network) and ISN (Intra-Site Network) scenarios.
  • Implement DHCP relay and SPAN within the ACI for network support services and traffic monitoring.