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Arista Cloud Engineer, New Customer Training - Data Center


Arista ACE


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Focuses on the three main areas that are requested the most during typical new deployments: re-tooling the operations teams to use EOS, understanding Leaf-Spine technologies such as MP-BGP, EVPN and VXLAN, and leveraging CloudVision to reduce OPEX.
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ACE:NCT-DC is best suited for new customers in the Data Center space and is focused on increasing confidence and reducing risk by ramping up engineering and operations teams during or shortly before they deploy Arista the first time.
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This course includes hands-on virtual labs built on current versions of EOS and CloudVision.

3 Weeks access to

1 week
Instructor Led

2 weeks
Work on labs independently
to refine skills
Course Overview

ACE:NCT-DC is a 5-day course which focuses on the three main areas that are requested the most during typical new deployments: re-tooling the operations teams to use EOS, understanding Leaf-Spine technologies such as MP-BGP, EVPN and VXLAN, and leveraging CloudVision to reduce OPEX. Modern Data Center technologies such as Leaf-Spine architectures, MP-BGP, EVPN, and VXLAN are a major focus of this course, while utilizing Arista’s CloudVision for management and automation.

  • CloudVision Introduction
  • Working with Arista EOS
  • EOS CLI Troubleshooting Tools
  • Layer 2 Operations
  • Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Security
  • Universal Cloud Networking - L3LS
  • Virtual eXtensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • EVPN
  • Multicast
  • Labs
Graph showing 39% CloudVision, 5% Arista EOS, 5% EOS CLI Troubleshooting Tools, 10% Layer 2 Operations, 1% QoS, 1% Security, 14% L3LS, 10% VXLAN, 10% EVPN, 5% Multicast
CloudVision Introduction
  • Initial Deployment
  • Configlets
  • Tasks and Change Control
  • Installation
  • Initial Arista Switch Behavior
  • Device Labels and Tags
  • eAPI Overview
  • Snapshots
  • Rollback
  • Image Management
  • Real Time Telemetry for Day 2 Operations
Working with Arista EOS
  • Design Principles, Software Architecture, Hardware, Resources
  • Boot-up Operations
  • EOS Images
  • Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
  • Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • ARP & DHCP
  • Intro to IPv6
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols
EOS CLI Troubleshooting Tools
  • Tcpdump and Iperf
  • Simple Networking Management Protocol (SNMP)
  • sFlow
  • Advanced Event Management (AEM) – scheduler, monitor, manager
Layer 2 Operations
  • L2 Switching
  • L2 Redundancy
  • VLANs and PVST
  • Interface Configuration
  • STP Configuration & Enhancements
  • Multiple Spanning Tree (MST)
  • Link Aggregation
  • MLAG
Quality of Service (QoS)
  • Modes and Setting
  • Traffic Classes
  • QoS Policies, QoS Prioritization
  • Policing
  • Shaping
  • Explicit Congestion Notification
  • Priority Flow Control
  • ACL Overview
  • ACL Rules Parameters
  • ACL Configuration
  • ACL Implementation
  • ACL Troubleshooting
  • Service/Protocol ACL’s
  • LANZ Operation
  • LANZ Configuration
  • LANZ Reporting
  • Port Mirroring
  • Advanced Mirroring
  • Packet Truncation and Timestamping
  • Tap Aggregation
  • Intro to DANZ Monitoring Fabric
  • Intro to Arista’s Network Detection and Response with Awake Security
Universal Cloud Networking - L3LS
  • L2LS Review and Config Walkthrough
  • MLAG
  • Traditional Data Center Architecture
  • Move to Leaf-Spine Architectures
  • Underlay & Overlay Design Options
  • Comparison of L2LS to L3LS
  • Layer 3 Redundancy
  • BGP Introduction
  • Enabling BGP
  • BGP Peer Groups
  • BGPv4 Routes
  • Configuring Routes
  • BGPv4 States and Messages
  • BGPv4 Path Attributes
  • BGP Communities
  • BGP – Labeled Unicast (BGP-LU)
  • L3LS Design with BGP
  • L3LS – BGP Recommended Practices
Virtual eXtensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • VXLAN Overview
  • VXLAN Recommended Practices
  • First Hop Redundancy Protocols (FHRP)
  • VXLAN Control Plane Using VCS
  • VXLAN Routing
  • VXLAN and Broadcasts
  • VXLAN with Multicast
  • VXLAN with HER
  • VXLAN Operations
  • VXLAN Configuration (HER)
  • Underlay Design Options
  • EVPN Overview
  • MP-BGP Overview
  • VRF & VRN
  • MP-BGP Multi-tenant Control Plane
  • EVPN Control Plane
  • RT-2 and RT-3 Advertisements
  • L3 VPNs and Type 5 Route Advertisements
  • EVPN Data Plane
  • ‘Standard’ IRB Lookup – IRB on a Single NVE
  • Asymmetric IRB – Direct Routing
  • EVPN-VXLAN Config Walkthrough Asymmetric and Symmetric IRB
  • Symmetric IRB – Indirect Routing
  • IP-VRFs and Multi-tenancy with Symmetric & Asymmetric IRB
  • RT-4, RT-1 and Multihoming
  • EVPN ESI Active/Active Multihoming
  • Failure Scenarios
  • Verifying EVPN Deployments
  • Overview and Protocols
  • IGMPv2 Snooping Configuration
  • MSDP Configuration
  • Multicast with EVPN Control Plane
  • EVPN Layer 2 Multicast
  • EVPN Multicast Underlay
  • EVPN Multicast – External Connectivity
  • Lab Access
  • Navigating CloudVision
  • Configlet Management
  • Configlet Builder
  • Change Control
  • Dashboard and Alerts
  • Using Studios
  • Intro to EOS Command Line Interface (CLI)
  • Advanced Event Manager (AEM)
  • Quality of Service
  • Building the L3LS eBGP Network
  • Virtual Extensible LAN (VXLAN)
  • EVPN L2
  • EVPN L3
  • Active – Active Multi Homing
  • Protocol Independent Multicast Sparse-mode
Our aim is to provide high quality training that is flexible and accessible for modern needs.

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"Great course which did an amazing task to introduce us to 'The Arista Way' in a manner which was easily graspable and fun”

Jayeshh S

"It's refreshing that a tech company is still teaching/stressing networking basics ; a solid foundation is key for any capable architect or engineer.”


"Really nice course. It is great and many important topics are touched e.g. VXLAN, Routing, CloudVision”

Pawel K

"The course helped me to have an overview of network areas that I didn't have contact with and to understand the field application of the ones I had. ”

Robert O

"Great course that goes into detail for each topic listed. Learned many concepts that will help me in the future with my network assignments.”


"The in depth explanation of the topics, especially the inner working of EVPN and VXLAN was excellent. Deconstructing the packets and operational flow is very valuable to understand exactly how these technologies work. The instructor did a great job of explaining this and his depth of knowledge was obvious.”

Shayne K

"The course does a good job of covering all the aspects of automation and how they apply to Arista products. The lab content is very structured and I really like the large and comprehensive lab environment. Much better than other vendor classes I've participated in.”

Nathan M

"The course was what I was looking for - introduction to automation. The difficulty level was perfect, it was challenging enough and I felt like I learnt a lot. I especially liked the labs.”


"I liked the fact the course was designed for both people knew how to code as well as people familiar with it. I learned a lot, and it made me more comfortable realizing that automation is not actually out of my grasp.”

Andrei M

"The instructor was fantastic, had a clear understanding on the materials that were being presented and was able to backup his presentations with his knowledge.”

Brian B

"The instructor was very knowledgable and able to explain the concepts very clearly, using his own diagrams that he drew during class specifically to explain certain topics. I felt he was also very approachable and helpful when answering any questions I had.”


"Fantastic course. The layout was great and the labs were great also. Not a single complaint or even constructive criticism. You can see the amount of hard work that went into building this class.”

Mike C