Designing the FlexPod Solution Training (FPDESIGN)

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training

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Course Overview:

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training Course with Labs

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training is a 2-day instructor-led course where you will learn to evaluate the FlexPod solution design process with regard to the contemporary data center challenges. The Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course provides a comprehensive understanding of the reconnaissance and analytics assess computing solution performance characteristics and requirements. In addition, this Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course will describe the hardware components of the FlexPod and the process for selecting proper hardware for a given set of requirements.

This Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course uses the ONTAP 8.3 environment.

Updated features:

● Cisco UCS
● Cisco ACI Architecture
● Nexus 9k
● Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware 6
● Red Hat Linux OpenStack

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training – Customize It:

• If you are familiar with some aspects of this Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course, we can omit or shorten their discussion.
• We can adjust the emphasis placed on the various topics or build the Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course around the mix of technologies of interest to you (including technologies other than those included in this outline).
• If your background is nontechnical, we can exclude the more technical topics, include the topics that may be of special interest to you (e.g., as a manager or policy-maker), and present the Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course in manner understandable to lay audiences.

Related Courses:

Implementing VMware vSphere on Data ONTAP Training (IMPVMVS)
Implementing Microsoft Hyper-V on Data ONTAP Training (IMPMSHV)

Audience / Target Group:

The target audience for this Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course:

• Network Engineers
• Network Administrators
• System Engineers
• Server Administrators

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training – Objectives:

Upon completing this Designing the FlexPod Solution Training course, learners will be able to meet these objectives:

• Describe the FlexPod Solution
• Identify FlexPod Design Requirements
• Identify the supported Cisco UCS components
• Identify the supported NetApp storage components
• Identify the supported Cisco Nexus components
• Describe the FlexPod topology options
• Describing FlexPod validated management solutions
• Describe the FlexPod use case with VMware vSphere 6.0 and IP-Based Storage
• Describe the FlexPod use case with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training – Course Syllabus:

Module 1: FlexPod Data Center Solutions and Architecture

Business drivers for new data center architectures
Providing on-demand secure, reliable, and simple to use resources
Maintaining data security while meeting compliance requirements
Expanding to new markets
Offering support for mobile users
Integrating hybrid cloud solutions
Architectures with applications that are responsive to the demands
Architecture design for shared infrastructures
FlexPod solutions and key features
Cisco Validated Designs and NetApp Verified Architecture
FlexPod models
Datacenter
Express
Select
FlexPod primary design principles
Application availability
Scalability
Flexibility
Manageability
Customer requirements
Characterize the existing environment
Tools that help in auditing the existing network

Module 2: FlexPod Hardware and Software Selection and Sizing Considerations

Cisco UCS features and key business benefits
Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server options
Features
Categories of blades
Cisco UCS C-Series options
Features
Categories of C-Series Rack Servers
Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect options
Function
Key features
Cisco UCS Mini options
Overview
Ideal Cisco UCS Mini solution
Cisco Interoperability Matrix tool
UCS Sizer for Enterprise applications
Key features of the NetApp solutions
NetApp storage controllers series
Disk options
Key features of the NetApp Clustered Data ONTAP
Hardware and software selection process
Sizing tools
Performance Modeler
Cisco Nexus family of products
Key features and benefits of the Cisco Nexus NX-OS
Cisco ACI architecture
Reducing TCO
Automating IT tasks
Accelerating data center application deployments
Mapping process
Connectivity best practices
FlexPod LAN
FlexPod SAN
VLAN and VSAN
vPC role and function
ACI architecture
Shift from box-centric to application-centric network management
Automation that is simplified through the application policy model
Scalability, high performance, and multi-tenancy done in hardware
Centralized, holistic visibility of infrastructure with real-time application monitoring
Architecture openness
The use of central control point for the data center—Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller (APIC)
FlexPod design high availability
Challenges of centralized automation and management of the FlexPod
FlexPod validated management solutions
UCS Director centralized automation
Infrastructure Automation components

Module 3: FlexPod Designs Based on Platforms

Customer profile
Customer challenges and goals
Customer existing environment
VMware virtualization characteristics
IP-based storage characteristics
Design tools
Customer requirement topology
Customer use case
Customer challenges and goals
Existing customer environment
Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack characteristics

Labs:

General Lab Setup
Case Study 1-1: Letitgo Insurance Company Upgrade Overview
Review the Customer’s Upgrade Scenario
Document the Customer’s Current Challenges
Document the Customer’s Design Requirements
Present Reasons to Support the FlexPod Solutions
Discuss the Customer’s Upgrade Scenario
Case Study 2-1: Letitgo Insurance Company FlexPod Computing Design
Review the Microsoft Exchange Application Design Criteria
Select a Server and CPU Type
Complete the Microsoft Exchange 2010 Sizing Questionnaire for Cisco UCS Sizer Form
Use the Cisco UCS Sizer Tool to Create a Bill of Materials
Discuss Your Cisco UCS Build Configuration
Case Study 2-2: Letitgo Insurance Company FlexPod Storage Design
Review the Microsoft Exchange Server Role Requirements Calculator Spreadsheet
Use the NetApp System Performance Modeler to Create a Bill of Materials
Discuss Your NetApp Sizing Results
Exercise 3: Explore Cisco Nexus Switches Capabilities
Case Study 2-4: Letitgo Insurance Company FlexPod Connectivity Design
Review the Customer’s Scenario
Create a Connectivity Diagram
Answer Connectivity Diagram Questions
Case Study 3-1: Acme Motorcycle Company FlexPod Design
Review the customer’s upgrade scenario
Review the design criteria
Use any tool to create a FlexPod Bill of Materials
Use the Cisco UCS Sizer and NetApp SPM tools to build the FlexPod Bill of Materials
Case Study 3-2: APEX SAAS Provider Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack FlexPod Design
Review the customer’s upgrade scenario.
Review the design criteria.
Use the sizing tools to create a FlexPod Bill of Materials

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