The Implementing and Operating Cisco Service Provider Network Core Technologies (SPCOR) instructor-led online training course teaches you how to configure, verify, troubleshoot, and optimize next-generation, Service Provider IP network infrastructures. It provides a deep dive into Service Provider technologies including core architecture, services, networking, automation, quality of services, security, and network assurance.

Exam Number: 350-501 SPCOR

Course Instructor: Aaron Gould

Course Outline

01. Service Provider Architectures

  • Core
  • Transport
  • Mobility

02. Cisco Operating Systems

  • IOS
  • IOS-XE
  • IOS-XR
  • Compare/Contrast Architectures, CLI, organization
  • Others (CatOS, NX-OS, XR7)

03. Interior Routing

  • IS-IS
  • OSPF
  • Policies
  • Troubleshooting

04. SP Exterior Routing (v4/v6)

  • BGP Path Selection
  • BGP Internal and External
  • Policies
  • Troubleshooting

05. HA Protocols

  • NSF
  • NSR
  • GR
  • Link Level HA (BFD, Link Aggregation)

06. Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)

  • LDP
  • Unified MPLS


  • IGP LS Extensions
  • FRR

08. Segment Routing / Source Packet Routing in Networking

  • Segments
  • IGP Involvement
  • SR-TE (SR Traffic Engineering)
  • TI-LFA (Topology-Independent Loop-Free Alternate)
  • PCE/C (Path Computation Element & Client)

09. SP QoS Architectures (v4/v6)

  • MPLS QoS Models
  • MPLS TE-QoS Models
  • QoS Concepts and Tools

10. Security

  • Control Plane
  • Data Plane
  • Management Plane

11. L2VPN / Carrier Ethernet

  • MEF Services
  • IEEE SP Services
  • OAM
  • VLAN tagging

12. L3VPN

  • Internal AS VPN
  • External AS VPN
  • Intro to Multicast VPN’s and IPv6 VPN’s (covered in other modules)

13. IPv6 Transition Mechanisms

  • NAT44
  • NAT64
  • 6RD
  • MAP
  • DS
  • DS Lite
  • IPv6 VPN (6PE and 6VPE)

14. Multicast (v4/v6)

  • L3 (PIM)
  • L2 (IGMP/MLD)
  • Multicast VPN (MVPN and NG-MVPN)

15. Automation and Assurance

  • API’s
  • NSO
  • Data Models
  • Configuration Management Tools
  • Telemetry and Analytics
  • NetFlow/IPFIX
  • Netconf/Restconf
  • SNMP

16. SP Virtualization

  • NFV
  • VNF
  • OpenStack

Skills Learned

After completing this online training course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the Service Provider network architectures, concepts, and transport technologies
  • Describe the Cisco Internetwork Operating System (Cisco IOS®) software architectures, main IOS types, and their differences
  • Implement Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) in the Service Provider network
  • Implement Integrated Intermediate System-to-Intermediate System (IS-IS) in the Service Provider network
  • Implement Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routing in Service Provider environments
  • Implement route maps and routing policy language
  • Describe IPv6 transition mechanisms used in the Service Provider networks
  • Implement high-availability mechanisms in Cisco IOS XR software
  • Implement traffic engineering in modern Service Provider networks for optimal resource utilization
  • Describe segment routing and segment routing traffic engineering concepts
  • Describe the VPN technologies used in the Service Provider environment
  • Configure and verify Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) L2VPN in Service Provider environments
  • Configure and verify MPLS L3VPN in Service Provider environments
  • Implement IP multicast services
  • Describe the Quality of Service (QoS) architecture and QoS benefits for SP networks
  • Implement QoS in Service Provider environments
  • Implement control plane security in Cisco devices
  • Implement management plane security in Cisco devices
  • Implement data plane security in Cisco devices
  • Implement automation and assurance tools and protocols
  • Describe the role of Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO) in Service Provider environments
  • Implement virtualization technologies in Service Provider environments