Cisco Programmable Fabric Using VXLAN with BGP EVPN LiveLessons

  • Copyright 2016
  • Edition: 1st
  • Online Video
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-427229-3
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-427229-0

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9+ Hours of video instruction

More than 9 hours of video instruction on standards-based Data Center Fabrics with VXLAN/BGP-EVPN.


Cisco Programmable Fabric with VXLAN, BGP-EVPN is a unique video title designed to teach you everything you need to understand how Data Center Networks can be built with VXLAN and BGP-EVPN. Cisco has provided a complete solution based on this VXLAN Overlay. Recent efforts in the IETF have led to the addition of a standards-based BGP control-plane to amend flood-and-learn behavior from classic Layer 2 networks to achieve better efficiency and scale. This LiveLesson is designed to provide the fundamentals of understanding Cisco’s Programmable Fabric with its related components and makes you a VXLAN superstar.

Cisco Programmable Fabric with VXLAN, BGP-EVPN contains 10 individual video lessons divided into 46 sublessons, for a total of more than 9 hours of instruction. The videos consist of screencasts, audio instruction, and hands-on demos. Each video offers detailed explanations, tips, and configuration verifications.

The 10 video lessons cover the following topics:

Lesson 1: Introduction to Programmable Fabric

Lesson 2: Introducing VXLAN/EVPN

Lesson 3: Programmable Fabric—Forwarding

Lesson 4: The Underlay

Lesson 5: Unicast Forwarding

Lesson 6: Multitenancy

Lesson 7: Multicast Forwarding

Lesson 8: External Connectivity

Lesson 9: Layer 4-7 Services Integration

Lesson 10: Introduction to Programmable Fabric Management, Operations, and Provisioning

Skill Level


What You Will Learn

  • Programmable Fabric basics
  • Key VXLAN/EVPN concepts
  • Forwarding concepts
  • The Underlay
  • Unicast forwarding
  • Multitenancy
  • Multicast forwarding
  • External connectivity
  • Layer 4-7 services integration
  • Programmable Fabric management, operations, and provisioning fundamentals

Who Should Take This Course

Primary audience: Network engineers or operators

Secondary audience: Help desk analysts or network administrators, as well as certification candidates

Course Requirements

The students should be intermediate to expert. These LiveLessons assume common knowledge of Cisco IOS and network switching and routing theory. The typical student would have at least a CCNA certification and would be responsible for the configuration and day-to-day operations of networks.

Table of Contents

Lesson 1: Introduction to Programmable Fabric

Lesson 1.1: Understanding Today’s Data Center Challenges

Lesson 1.2: Data Center Network Evolution

Lesson 1.3: Fabric Technology Overview-The Road to ACI

Lesson 1.4: Understanding Programmable Fabric

Lesson 1.5: Roles and Terminology

Lesson 1.6: Fabric Properties

Lesson 1.7: Connectivity Options and Attaching End-Hosts

Lesson 2: Introducing Programmable Fabric (VXLAN/EVPN)

Lesson 2.1: Introducing IP Fabric Overlays (VXLAN)

Lesson 2.2: Using VXLAN VNI as Segment ID (Layer 2 and Layer 3 Multitenancy)

Lesson 2.3: Understanding the Fabric Overlay Control-Plane (MP-BGP EVPN)

Lesson 2.4: Using Host and Subnet Route Distribution (MP-BGP EVPN)

Lesson 2.5: Performing Host Detection, Deletion, and Move (MP-BGP EVPN)

Lesson 3: Programmable Fabric-Forwarding

Lesson 3.1: Fabric Encapsulation and Forwarding

Lesson 3.2: Distributed IP Anycast-Gateway

Lesson 3.3: VXLAN/EVPN Enhancement

Lesson 3.4: Integrated Routing and Bridging (IRB)

Lesson 4: The Underlay

Lesson 4.1: Underlay Considerations

Lesson 4.2: Unicast Routing and IP Addressing

Lesson 4.3: Underlay Deployment with Multicast Routing

Lesson 4.4: Underlay Deployment Without Multicast

Lesson 5: Unicast Forwarding

Lesson 5.1: Understanding Unicast Forwarding

Lesson 5.2: Intra-Subnet Forwarding (Bridging)

Lesson 5.3: Inter-Subnet Forwarding (Routing)

Lesson 5.4: Non-IP Forwarding (Bridging)

Lesson 5.5: Forwarding with Dual-Homed End-Point (vPC)

Lesson 5.6: IPv6 Handling

Lesson 6: Multitenancy

Lesson 6.1: Introducting Multitenancy

Lesson 6.2: Understanding Per-Port VLAN Significance

Lesson 6.3: Examining Layer 2 and Layer 3 Modes of Operation (CLI)

Lesson 7: Multicast Forwarding

Lesson 7.1: Introducing Multicast Forwarding

Lesson 7.2: Layer 2 Multicast Forwarding

Lesson 7.3: vPC and Multicast Forwarding

Lesson 8: External Connectivity

Lesson 8.1: Introducing External Connectvity

Lesson 8.2: Understanding External Layer 2 Connectivity with vPC

Lesson 8.3: Understanding External Connectivity with VRF-lite

Lesson 8.4: Understanding External Connectivity with LISP

Lesson 8.5: Understanding External Connectivity with MPLS

Lesson 8.6: Exploring Inter-Fabric Connectivity Options

Lesson 9: Layer 4-7 Services Integration

Lesson 9.1: Understanding the Tenant Edge-Firewall

Lesson 9.2: Understanding the Intra-Tenant Firewall (East-West Same VRF)

Lesson 9.3: Implementing Load Balancer Integration

Lesson 9.4: Deploying a Service Chain-Firewall and Load Balancer

Lesson 10: Introducing Programmable Fabric Management, Operations, and Provisioning

Lesson 10.1: Implementing Device Auto-Configuration (POAP)

Lesson 10.2: Performing a Cabling Plan Consistency Check

Lesson 10.3: Implementing Common Point of Fabric Management

Lesson 10.4: Understanding Topology, Tenant, and Overlay Provisioning

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Programmable Fabric

Lesson 1 covers today's Data Center challenges, the Data Center network evolution, an overview of the Programmable Fabric and the road to an Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI). This lesson also touches base on the Fabric roles and terminologies, its properties, and end-host connectivity options.

Lesson 2: Introducing Programmable Fabric (VXLAN/EVPN)

Lesson 2 introduces the Virtual eXtensible LAN (VXLAN) and what we are doing with the Segment ID. This lesson features a walkthrough of the BGP-EVPN control-plane and highlights how end-hosts and networks are distributed among the control-plane. Host detection, deletion, and move are also part of this lesson.

Lesson 3: Programmable Fabric—Forwarding

Lesson 3 reviews the forwarding concept of the Programmable Fabric. The lesson explains how both multidestination traffic and ARP are handled. Further, the lesson provides a detailed look at integrated routing and bridging and how distributed routing works with an IP Anycast Gateway.

Lesson 4: The Underlay

Lesson 4 focuses on the IP Underlay Network. The lesson begins with a discussion of underlay and IP addressing considerations, and continues with examples of unicast and multicast routing. The lesson concludes with multicast-related deployment details.

Lesson 5: Unicast Forwarding

Lesson 5 is all about unicast forwarding with VXLAN and BGP-EVPN. We go through the general unicast forwarding concepts and look at inter- and intra-subnet forwarding. The lesson concludes with details about forwarding with Dual-Homed End-Point (vPC), as well as IPv6 handling.

Lesson 6: Multitenancy

Lesson 6 covers multitenancy in greater detail. In addition to the basic foundations of multitenancy, this lesson explains the Layer 2 and 3 modes of operations, as well as per-port VLAN significance.

Lesson 7: Multicast Forwarding

Lesson 7 introduces multicast forwarding in general and illustrates how Layer 2 multicast works with and without vPC.

Lesson 8: External Connectivity

Lesson 8 discusses the basics of external connectivity, beginning with a review of various connectivity options including vPC, VRF-lite, LISP, and MPLS. The lesson concludes with a discussion of inter-Fabric connectivity.

Lesson 9: Layer 4-7 Services Integration

Lesson 9 covers Layer 4-7 services integration topics including firewalls and load balancers. The lesson reviews how tenant-edge and intra-tenant firewalls are deployed, and how load balancing and service chaining can be integrated.

Lesson 10: Introducing Programmable Fabric Management, Operations, and Provisioning

Lesson 10 begins with a review of implementing Device Auto-Configuration (POAP). The lesson continues with a review of performing a cable plan consistency check and how to implement common point of fabric management. The lesson concludes with a treatment of topology, tenant, and overlay provisioning.

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