OpenStack for SEs (OSSE)

Course Description Schedule

Course Overview

This 3 day class will introduce SEs to OpenStack and show them how SDN can be a part of a Cisco DC and campus environment.


  • Understanding of DC technologies and architectures
  • Comfortable with Linux CLI
  • Good understanding of virtualization & hypervisors
  • Some experience with Linux networking

Course Objectives

  • Describe the architecture of an OpenStack Compute Cloud deployment
  • Define the key features of OpenStack Compute
  • Identify suitable use-cases for OpenStack Compute
  • Deploy an OpenStack Compute multi-server environment
  • Implement and use OpenStack services
  • Create and manage images and instances
  • Create and manage roles, users, and quotas
  • Understand critical components of fault tolerance and scale
  • Troubleshoot common issues in an OpenStack Compute environment
  • Find additional OpenStack help and support resources

Course Content


The training is a three-day OpenStack Cloud Fundamentals class with a focus on integrating with Cisco UCS and Nexus.

Through lecture and hands on labs the student will become confident in discussing OpenStack and it’s capabilities especially as they apply to Cisco DC and Campus environments.

Delivery Method

Classroom with hands on lab (remote/in class)

  • Course introduction
  • OpenStack History and Ecosystem
  • OpenStack Architecture
  • OpenStack Components
    • Compute (Nova)
    • Networking (Neutron)
    • Dashboard (Horizon)
    • Others
      • Identity (Keystone)
  • OpenStack Terminology
  • Open Stack Operations
  • Networking
  • Simple networking with nova-network
  • KVM networking with Linux bridges
  • Single-host vs multi-host networking
  • Accessing VM using floating IP
  • Traffic Flows
  • Neutron Architecture and plug-ins
  • OpenVSwitch concepts
  • Neutron L3 and DHCP Agents
  • Load Balancer as a Service
  • Nexus Neutron Integration
  • ACI Neutron Integration
  • Public Networks
  • IP Address Planning
  • VLANs
  • Services
    • NTP
    • DNS/DHCP
  • Compute
  • OpenStack Device Integration
  • Hypervisor Integration
  • UCS with OpenStack
  • UCS Director with OpenStack
  • Installation Overview
  • Management Configuration
  • Cloud Controller
  • Cloud Management
  • Topology for Availability
  • Interfaces
  • API
  • Cloudstack/AVS EC2 APIs
  • Extensions
  • Cisco API Extensions
  • Building Extensions
  • Scheduling
  • nova-scheduler
  • Dashboard
  • AAA
  • Capabilities
  • Navigation
  • Extension
  • Advanced Topics
  • OpenStack high availability considerations and approaches
  • Deployment topologies and reference architectures
  • Planning an OpenStack deployment
  • Automated deployment of OpenStack: tools and approaches
  • OpenStack Neutron architecture and implementation
  • Third party SDN plugins for OpenStack
  • Networking tunneling and encapsulation with GRE and VxLAN
  • Troubleshooting OpenStack networking
  • Deploying layer 4-7 networking services in Neutron
Classroom Training

Duration 3 days

Dates and Booking

Currently there are no training dates scheduled for this course.  Enquire a date