We are transitioning to a new era in networking where virtualization, automation, analytics, and security are becoming the key building blocks of the “new” intent-based network. While new technologies and solutions present new opportunities for the network, they are only made possible by the enterprise network teams that possess the knowledge and skills to access their full potential.
What enterprise network teams need to know
To meet this challenge, engineers and enterprise network teams need an understanding of software-defined or controller-based networking architecture, the ability to leverage the power of intent-based networking controllers (like Cisco DNA Center to automate Day 0 and Day N ops), the knowledge to monitor and troubleshoot networks, and the capability to leverage machine learning network insight to proactively detect and accurately remediate anomalies.
At Cisco, we’ve been working to help you (and your network) stay ahead of the curve by integrating those key building blocks into our products and training. Let’s take a closer look at Understanding Cisco SDA Fundamentals (SDAFND) v1.0, the course that introduces you to Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) and how you can leverage SD-Access in the Cisco-powered Enterprise Campus network, Cisco DNA Center automation and assurance, and how to implement simple, single-site fabric networks.
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Understanding Cisco SDA Fundamentals (SDAFND) v1.0
What you’ll learn
The Understanding Cisco SDA Fundamentals (SDAFND) v1.0 course can help you start your learning journey into software-defined networking while addressing some of the following skill gaps:
- How the overlay network (or network fabric) works with the traditional physical underlay network.
- The key components of the Cisco SD-Access fabric and their roles.
- Cisco DNA Center v2.x and its workflows through a combination of hands-on lab exercises and simulations.
- Day 0 onboarding including Cisco Plug and Play, image management, creating device templates, and device provisioning.
- How the control plane, data plane, and policy plane work together in the Cisco SD-Access solution. This includes hands-on experience on how LISP works in Cisco SD-Access.
- How to deploy Cisco SD-Access single site fabric and then learn how to use Cisco SD-Access policy and provision workflows.
- Cisco DNA Assurance workflows to perform monitoring and troubleshooting of the Cisco SD-Access fabric.
- You will also learn about Cisco DNA Center REST APIs and interact with Cisco DNA Center intent-based APIs using Python.
How you’ll learn
Understanding Cisco SDA Fundamentals (SDAFND) v1.0 is available as both an instructor-led training and as self-paced digital training. The digital training option includes conceptual content videos, formative and summative assessments, hands-on lab activities, and interactive simulations. View the self-paced course and start learning today with a free 3-day trial.
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- Already familiar with Cisco DNA Center and Cisco SD-Access? Are you looking for a more comprehensive deep dive instead? Then have a look at Transforming to a Cisco Intent-Based Network (IBNTRN) v1.0.
- Need to learn more about Cisco DNA Assurance? Get started with the Leveraging Cisco Intent-Based Networking DNA Assurance (DNAAS) v1.0 course.
- Dive into enterprise network programmability and DNA Center automation with our Implementing Automation for Cisco Enterprise Solutions (ENAUI) v1.2 course.
Great article! I look forward to learning more about SD-Access in my studies.
I’ll be interested in the new platform of SD Architecture. Keep these events coming.
Nice article, interesting events!
Great read. Thanks for sharing!
Excellent article, I am excited to learn more about Cisco SDA Fundamentals very soon
Interesting course, how do you enroll?
Very interesting, this is the furture and we should all want to stay on top of new technology. I know I will be keeping watch on this myself.
Great material and excellent coverage
Great article !!!! Great material and excellent coverage
From what I have read on SD-Access and the fabric campus I still find it difficult to work out how to lab it! There is such a large infrastructure cost to these networks, a lot of network will never reach this need, unless your a multinational or university. To see DNA center properly would be very useful, seeing it is now the ENCOR exam. Maybe it can be hosted in Cisco Modelling Labs, so it can be got use to.
That is a great feedback David. In this course you do get some hand on with DNA-C but for more in depth access to labs and implementation of SDA, we have a course- IBNTRN. We are looking at providing some hand on access in certification courses too like ENCOR, CCNA and ENARSI or more like a sandbox for users. You will see it in future.
Great to see new content and forward looking articles. Keep up the good work!
Will be implementing this soon so excited to find ways to learn more.
My company is about to move from different vendor of SD Wan solution to Cisco – would be good to get some more knowledge
This is something interesting and very well produced.
It’s nice to see an introductory course on SD Access that includes APIs and Python! That’s a great combination for doing more with DNA Center.
what is “2.x” DNAC version in the course? or at this level it does not matter much?
This course labs are on DNAC version 22.214.171.124. You may see upgrades with change in features and so we are being more generic. It is true that in the fundamental course it is more to understand how you can automate network changes with DNAC and understand more about SDA.
Hope it’s good as it’s time to learn and know SDA for sure
Great information and as a newbie to network automation, I’m looking forward to learn more
Looking forward to more info on SD-Access.
Congratulations on the article, I really liked it.
Seems v interesting and relevant
It would be nice to see this work in Cisco Modelling Labs
A very motivating article. I cannot wait for more!
Interesting, the evolution continues. Thanks for the heads up.
Nice. Looking forward to learning about this
Always looking forward to new and emerging technologies.
It’s great to see Cisco creating content that helps train teams to implement and maintain this awesome technology! More SD-Access!
Can’t wait to learn the following: You will also learn about Cisco DNA Center REST APIs and interact with Cisco DNA Center intent-based APIs using Python.
It’s been confusing with DNA how to use Python with it
You can review this course- https://learningnetworkstore.cisco.com/on-demand-e-learning/implementing-automation-for-cisco-enterprise-solutions-enaui-v1.2/ELT-ENAUI-V1-024149.html
ENAUI covers this in lot more details
Good Info. Thanks
Nice article; I’ll be interested in the new platform of SD Architecture.
Nice article! interested in learning more about SD-Access.
I’m preparing by learning more python and on to automation and automation for networks
SD-Access information for the future
Interesting. Would definitely be interested to learn a bit more about sd-access.
Looks like a really cool course to dive into SDA!
Nice blog post, and great that the training is available as both instructor-led and self-paced.
What a great article. Lots of helpful info. Thanks for sharing.
Nice article, interesting events!
Thanks for sharing
Great information. I think i’ll try the training. Thanks
Nice work! Would be good to see some more info how this integrates with the rest of the Cisco Access ecosystem.
Great addition to the training library!
Great information, the free 3-day trial is a good option how first step
Bring on more learning resources!
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