Implementing Cisco Crosswork Network Controller (SPCNCI)

Duration: 4 Days (32 Hours)

Implementing Cisco Crosswork Network Controller (SPCNCI) Course Overview:

In the Implementing Cisco Crosswork Network Controller (SPCNCI) v1.0 course, you will be introduced to the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller (CNC) and its installation. Through a combination of lectures and labs, you will learn how to utilize Cisco CNC to streamline, manage, and automate service lifecycle functions, including service provisioning, visualization, monitoring, and optimization.

The course provides an overview of Cisco CNC as an IP transport network controller platform, its components, and its utility in various use cases. These use cases include improving operational agility, enhancing intent-based service delivery, and reducing operational costs.

You will also learn key concepts such as creating custom service definitions, implementing tactical traffic engineering policies, automating service provisioning, and optimizing real-time traffic. The course covers closed-loop automation workflows for remediation, optimization, and maintenance.

Furthermore, you will gain an understanding of APIs to interface with other systems and explore best practices for scalability and high availability across the components of CNC.

By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and skills to effectively use Cisco Crosswork Network Controller for streamlining service lifecycle functions, optimizing network performance, and implementing automation workflows.

How you’ll benefit
This course will help you:
● Deploy the CNC with associated component and applications
● Describe the advantages of CNC for service lifecycle functions
● Prepare to enable CNC to interface with other systems
● Understand the Cisco CNC as an IP transport network controller platform

Who should enroll
● Network administrators
● Network operators
● Network architects
● System installers
● System integrators
● System administrators

Technology areas
● Networking
● Cisco CNC
● Network Automation


After taking this course, you should be able to:
● Explain the advantages of CNC for service lifecycle functions
● Describe the architecture of the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller and its components
● Describe the main operations features and capabilities of CNC
● Perform the installation and initial configuration of the Cisco Crosswork Network Controller
● Onboard network devices in CNC
● Enable data collection in CNC using Crosswork Data Gateway
● Provision traffic engineering policies to be used by network services
● Explore network topology and inventory details by using the available visualizing tools
● Optimize a network service instance for bandwidth utilization during the lifetime of service instances
● Bind newly provisioned Layer 2 and Layer 3 VPN service instances to traffic engineering policies
● Develop custom Layer 2 and Layer 3 Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPN service definitions
● Configure Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor the health of devices
● Develop plays and playbooks for closed loop automation
● Automate network operations and maintenance tasks
● Explore closed loop workflows
● Use northbound application programing interfaces to integrate other systems with CNC
● Send alerts to northbound systems
● Configure the collection and exporting of data to external endpoints
● Manage the Crosswork cluster
● Deploy CNC for optimal availability, scalability, and performance
● Troubleshoot CNC issues

● Introducing Cisco CNC
● Exploring Cisco CNC Architecture
● Describing Cisco CNC Unified Functions
● Installing and Configuring Cisco CNC
● Onboarding Network Devices
● Setting Up Data Collection
● Provisioning Traffic Engineering Policies
● Visualizing and Exploring Network Topology and Inventory Details
● Optimizing Networks Using Closed-Loop Automation
● Orchestrating VPN Services
● Developing Custom L2VPN and L3VPN Service Definitions
● Configuring KPIs to Monitor Device Health
● Automating Maintenance and Closed Loop Remediation
● Automating Network Maintenance Tasks
● Exploring Closed Loop Workflows
● Exploring Northbound APIs for External System Integration
● Managing System Alerts
● Collecting and Exporting Data to External Endpoints
● Operating a Cisco Crosswork Cluster
● Implementing CNC for High Availability, Scalability, and Performance
● Troubleshooting Cisco CNC

● Install Cisco CNC
● Use Device Life Cycle Manager to Onboard Devices
● Provision Data Gateways
● Provision Segment Routing for Traffic Engineering (SR-TE) Policies
● Customize View
● Enable Local Congestion Mitigation
● Provision VPN Services
● Extend an Existing VPN Service
● Create New KPI Profiles with Custom Alerting Logic and Forward Alerts via Northbound Interface (NBI)
● Develop Custom Plays and Playbooks
● Implement a Closed Loop Workflow
● Use Postman with Cisco CNC API
● Export Alerts to an External System
● Troubleshoot System Health Issues

To fully benefit from this course, you should have the following knowledge and skills:
● Basic management of network components (routers, switches, etc.)
● Knowledge of segment routing and MPLS
● Working knowledge of traffic engineering
● Basic knowledge of the Cisco Command-Line Interface (CLI)
● Basic knowledge of programming (Python or any scripting language)
● Basic knowledge of the NETCONF communication protocol and Yet Another Next Generation (YANG) data modeling
● Basic knowledge of XML, YAML, or JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data structures and schemas

These are the recommended Cisco offerings that may help you meet these prerequisites:
● Implementing and Administering Cisco Solutions (CCNA®)
● Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies (SPCOR)
● Implementing Cisco Service Provider VPN Services (SPVI)
● Implementing Automation for Cisco Service Provider Solutions (SPAUI)
● Implementing Cisco Service Provider Advanced Routing Solutions (SPRI)

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