Designing the FlexPod Solution Training

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training (FPDESIGN)


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 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

Customize It:

With onsite Training, courses can be scheduled on a date that is convenient for you, and because they can be scheduled at your location, you don’t incur travel costs and students won’t be away from home. Onsite classes can also be tailored to meet your needs. You might shorten a 5-day class into a 3-day class, or combine portions of several related courses into a single course, or have the instructor vary the emphasis of topics depending on your staff’s and site’s requirements.

Audience/Target Group

Network Engineers
Network Administrators
System Engineers
Server Administrators

Designing the FlexPod Solution Training (FPDESIGN)Related Courses:

Duration: 2 days

Skilled Gained:

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

Course Content:

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
Achitectures 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
FlexPod primary design principles
Application availability
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
Categories of blades
Cisco UCS C-Series options
Categories of C-Series Rack Servers
Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect options
Key features
Cisco UCS Mini options
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
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


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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Time Frame: 0-3 Months4-12 Months

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