Arista Cloud Engineer

Level 1 Outline

ACE:L1 Data Sheet



The 5-day ACE Level 1 course provides foundational networking knowledge and skills from a modern perspective in Arista's EOS networking environment. The attendees will progress through networking fundamental topics ranging from Ethernet, TCP/IP, Routing, and Switching to network design based on modern Leaf-Spine architecture used in today’s Enterprise Data Center and Campus networks. Students additionally will be introduced to network automation with Arista’s CloudVision solution.


Network Engineering Fundamentals

  • Layered Network Architecture
  • Ethernet, IPv4, IPv6, TCP, UDP
  • Modern Connectivity - Fiber Optics, WiFi, PoE

Working with Arista EOS

  • Arista EOS Software Approache
    • Single EOS
    • State Driven, NetDB, NetDL
    • EOS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Arista Hardware Approach
    • Merchant Silicon
    • Deep Buffer
    • Interface Flexibility (10G to 400G)
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
    • Initial Switch Config
    • ZTP Requirements and Bootstrap
    • Config vs Scripts
  • Initial Switch Setup
  • Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA)
    • AAA Configuration
  • Introduction to IPv6
    • Format and Scope of IPv6 Address
  • First-Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP)
    • ARP and DHCP
    • VRRP – Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol
    • Arista vARP
    • High-Availability Designs

CloudVision Portal (CVP) Overview and Architecture

  • Introduction to Automation and CloudVision
    • Network Automation
    • DIY, DevOps, Turnkey (CV, Studio)
    • State Streaming, SysDB,NetDB, NetDL
    • CloudVision Partner Integration
    • Overview of Installation
  • CloudVision Deployment
    • Cloud-based CVaaS, Appliance, Virtual (OVA, KVM)
    • Software, Authentication and Connectivity Requirements
    • CVP Setup
    • Enabling eAPI
  • Initial Switch Behavior
    • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
    • Process, Modes, Provisioning
    • DHCP Configuration
    • ZTP Bootstrap with CVP
    • Zero Touch Replacement
  • Automating Configuration with Configlets
    • Configlet and Container Plan
    • Creating Containers
    • Creating Configlet Builder
    • Python Library
  • Change Control
    • Compliance
    • Create Change Control
    • Add/Remove Metrics
  • Day 2 Network Operations
    • Real-Time Telemetry, Analytics
    • Client to Cloud Visibility
    • Troubleshooting with CLI and CVP
    • Image Management
    • Data Plane Visibility

Layer 2 Operations

  • L2 Switching
  • L2 Redundancy
  • VLANs and Trunk – 802.1Q
  • Spanning Tree Protocol (STP)
  • Per VLAN Spanning Tree (PVST)
  • Link Aggregation
    • Port Channel
    • Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP)
    • Multi-Chassis Link Aggregation (MLAG)

Layer 3 Operations

  • Routing Fundamentals
    • Layer 3 Redundancy
    • Routing Terminology
    • ECMP
  • OSPF
    • Overview
    • Link-State Protocol
    • Hierarchical Scalability
    • Areas and Addressing
  • VRF and VPN
  • WAN Connectivity
    • Internet Connectivity
    • Ethernet-based WAN
    • Data Center Interconnect
  • BGP
    • BGP Introduction
    • Enabling BGP
    • BGP Peer Groups
    • BGPv4 Routes
    • BGP Operations
    • BGP Labeled Unicast (BGP-LU)
    • Layer 3 Leaf Spine with BGP

Data Center Leaf-Spine Architectures

  • Data Center and Cloud
    • Client to Cloud Model
    • Traffic Patterns
    • Traditional Data Center Architectures
    • Cloud-Scale DC Networking
  • Arista Solution
    • L2LS - L2 MLAG Underlay – VXLAN Overlay
    • L3LS – eBGP with EVPN Overlay/Underlay - VXLAN Data Plane
    • Scale-out Architecture
  • VXLAN Operations
    • Overlay Network
    • VXLAN Data Plane

Campus Architectures

  • Traditional Campus Architectures
  • Campus Networking Evolution
  • Modern L-S Campus Network
  • WiFi Fundamentals and Design
  • CloudVision Cognitive Unified Edge (CV-CUE)
  • Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Unified Wired and WiFi


The ACE Level 1 course includes diverse practical labs built on current EOS and CloudVision platforms. Labs are accessible for three weeks, one week during the instructor-led course, and two additional weeks to work on labs independently. Each student is given their own dedicated environment. Students can connect to these cloud-based labs from anywhere at any time.

Lab Activities

  • OSI, MAC Addresses and IP Addresses
  • Cabling & Interface Speed Configuration
  • Intro to EOS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Setting up Management Connectivity to Arista Switches
  • Understanding and Working with IP and ARP
  • Configuring Layer 2
  • Configuring LACP and MLAG
  • Routing
  • CVP Introduction - Navigation
  • CloudVision - Configlet Management

Target Audience

The ACE Level 1 course is best suited for individuals entering the network engineering field and are looking to acquire the essential knowledge and skills applied to modern network infrastructure.


ACE Level 1 certification requires a 2-hour multiple choice exam. Candidates must complete the ACE Level 1 course prior to attempting the exam.

Follow-on Courses / Certifications

ACE : L2

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