Network Programmability Fundamentals

Video description


Configuration of Cisco devices (e.g. routers and switches) has traditionally been performed at the command line. However, an industry-wide paradigm shift is now underway, where more and more configuration is being performed by software, an approach commonly referred to as Software Defined Networking (SDN). SDN is an emerging architecture that is makes it easier and more cost-effective to implement network policies and manage network resources. It does this by decoupling the network control from the network hardware (which continues to manage forwarding functions), allowing network control to become directly programmable and the underlying network infrastructure to be managed by applications and network services rather than individually configured.

Network Programmability Fundamentals LiveLessons introduces the theory surrounding SDN networks and examines components found in a Cisco ACI network. Additionally, this course covers Python programming, a key skill required for network programmability. Finally, this course walks through multiple network programmability exercises, which can be performed (for free) at Cisco’s DevNet site.

About the Instructor

With Cisco experience dating back to 1989, Kevin Wallace, CCIEx2 (Collaboration and R/S) #7945 has been a network design specialist for the Walt Disney World Resort, an instructor of Cisco courses for Skillsoft, and a network manager for Eastern Kentucky University. Kevin currently produces video courses and writes books for Cisco Press/Pearson IT Certification (, and he lives in central Kentucky with his wife (Vivian) and two daughters (Stacie and Sabrina).

Skill Level

Beginner to Intermediate

Learn How To

  • Update your skill set by developing SDN skills
  • Work with basic network programmability tools and technologies
  • Understand the basics of Python programming to develop network automation applications
  • Automate enterprise network operations with APIC-EM
  • Automate data center network operations with APIC
  • Configure telnet, SSH, and NETCONF

Who Should Take This Course

This video is targeted at a broad range of network engineers, including those who are just starting in the networking industry to seasoned professionals who would like to expand their knowledge of the technologies and principles behind network programmability. This video will be of particular interest to those who are studying for the CCNA and CCNP Routing and Switching certifications which have begun adding network programmability components to the exam topics or the Network Programmability specialization certification.

Course Requirements


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Product information

  • Title: Network Programmability Fundamentals
  • Author(s): Kevin Wallace
  • Release date: September 2017
  • Publisher(s): Cisco Press
  • ISBN: 0134840631