Designing the FlexPod Solution (FPDESIGN)


The goal of this course is to evaluate the FlexPod solution design process in regards to the contemporary data center challenges. The course provides a comprehensive understanding of the reconnaissance and analytics to assess computing solution performance characteristics and requirements. In addition this course will describe the hardware components of the FlexPod and the process for selecting proper hardware for a given set of requirements.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for pre-sales audiences and is aimed at channel partners, customer network engineers and administrators whose interest is focused around designing a scalable infrastructure with the FlexPod.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe the FlexPod data center solutions and architecture
  • Identify FlexPod workload sizing and technical specifications
  • Describe the FlexPod deployment and management strategies
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Course Outline

Module 1: FlexPod Data Center Solutions and Architecture
Describe data center elements
Identify data center business challenges
Identify data center environmental challenges
Identify data center technical challenges
Describe the data center consolidation trend
Describe the FlexPod solution
Identify the benefits of FlexPod
Describe FlexPod platforms
Describe FlexPod validated and supported designs
Identify the supported Cisco UCS components
Identify the supported Cisco Nexus switch components
Identify the supported NetApp storage components

Module 2: FlexPod Workload Sizing and Technical Specifications
Describe FlexPod performance characteristics
Describe server virtualization performance characteristics
Describe desktop virtualization performance characteristics
Describe reconnaissance and analysis tools
Describe the process for deploying analysis tools
Configure the Microsoft MAP Toolkit
Identify FlexPod Design components
Describe FlexPod Sizing considerations
Employ Cisco UCS Application Sizer
Employ Cisco UCS VXI Resource Comparison tool
Describe NetApp Solution Builder Sizing tool

Module 3: FlexPod Deployment and Management Strategies
Describe key FlexPod LAN features
Describe key FlexPod SAN features
Identify FlexPod server provisioning features
List FlexPod high availability features
Describe supported FlexPod SAN features
Describe FlexPod virtual storage tiering features
Identify Cisco FlexPod validated designs
Identify FlexPod data center with VMware vSphere 5.1
Identify FlexPod data center with VMware vSphere 5.1 with Cisco Nexus 7000
Identify FlexPod data center with Microsoft Private Cloud Enterprise Design Guide
Identify FlexPod Select with Cloudera?s Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH)
Identify FlexPod Cisco Nexus 7000 and NetApp MetroCluster for multisite deployment
Identify data center operations and management challenges
Describe FlexPod validated management solutions
Describe Cisco UCS Director turnkey solutions
Identify Cisco UCS Director management types
Describe Cisco UCS Director automation
Describe self-service provisioning and reporting
Identify the customer challenges and goals
Describe the workload analysis
Describe the component selection process
Review the selected component
Analyze the solution

Lab 2-1: Analyze the Existing Computing Solution
Lab 3-1: Review Cisco Nexus 5548 LAN FlexPod base Configuration
Lab 3-2: Review NetApp FlexPod base Configuration
Lab 3-3: Review Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
Lab 3-4: Explore Cisco UCS Director FlexPod configuration