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Understanding Cisco Network Virtualization Solutions and SDN

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Virtualizing the cloud network infrastructure is key to building a robust, scalable, highly available, manageable, cloud. To fully benefit from network virtualization you need to consider virtual appliances. In addition, you have to start considering how Software Defined Networking can take your network to the next level. In this course you will discover virtual network devices such as the Nexus 1000v, the CSR, the ASA 1000v, the vWAAS, NetScaler 1000v, and VSG. You will also be introduced to SDN and discover how your organization can benefit from an SDN deployment. Specifically you will focus on the Cisco ACI solution. This course is one of a series in the Skillsoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Cisco exam Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals exam (210-451 CLDFND). This exam counts toward the CCNA Cloud certification.

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This path is meant to enhance the knowledge base of any learner who works with cloud technologies, or wishes to begin understanding cloud deployments.


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Understanding Cisco Network Virtualization Solutions and SDN

  • start the course
  • describe standard vswitch challenges
  • describe Cisco Nexus 1000V components
  • describe Cisco Nexus 1000V benefits
  • describe high availability in the Cisco Nexus 1000V series
  • describe virtual networking service appliances
  • describe Cisco prime network services controller
  • describe Cisco VSG in the datacenter virtual infrastructure
  • describe Cisco CSR virtual router
  • describe Cisco ASA 1000V cloud firewall
  • describe Cisco vWAAS in the datacenter
  • describe Citrix NetScaler 1000V
  • describe software-defined networking
  • describe SDN separation of control and data
  • describe overlay for the supporting logical network
  • describe SDN programmability
  • describe Cisco ONE architecture
  • compare VLAN and VXLAN
  • describe NVGRE
  • describe the changing landscape
  • describe the application-centric approach
  • describe problems with SDN misses
  • describe the benefits of leaf and spine architecture
  • describe the Cisco ACI fabric
  • describe the role of the APIC controller
  • describe the common policy and operations framework
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