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Architecture and Design of FlexPod Datacenter (ADFPD)

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1: FlexPod Overview
  • FlexPod Overview
    • Describe the Benefits of a FlexPod Architecture
    • Discuss Cisco Validated Designs for VMware & Microsoft Private Cloud
    • Describe NetApp Verified Architecture (NVA) and its relationship to the Cisco Validated Design (CVD)
  • FlexPod Validated & Supported Configurations
    • Review Validated & Supported FlexPod Architecture
    • Define the FlexPod base configuration
    • Describe the FlexPod Bill of Materials (BOM) as outlined in TR-4036
      • Define Cisco UCS Supported Components
      • Define NetApp Storage Supported Components
      • Describe Supported Hypervisors including VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V and others
    • Describe ExpressPod
  • Identifying Key Configuration Parameters for Implementing FlexPod
  • Discuss key requirements for building a base FlexPod
    • Compute & Networking
    • Storage
      • 7-Mode vs. Clustered Data ONTAP
2: FlexPod Workload Sizing and Technical Specifications
  • FlexPod Sizing Tools
    • Approaches & Rationale
      • Describe the Base FlexPod Sizing Rationale
      • Describe the FlexPod Technical Specifications Guide
      • Describe the Sizing Guide TR-3151
    • Describe the Sizing Tools Available
      • Cisco Tools
        • RESCOMP
      • NetApp Tools
        • Workload Modeling (System Performance Modeling Tool)
        • Solutions Builder
        • Synergy
        • Config Advisor
  • Group Sizing Exercise using the above tools
    • Identify the correct sizing tools to use based on a given scenario
    • Discuss a given scenario as a group and create a basic bill of materials
3: FlexPod Deployment and Management Strategies
  • Describe the Elements of the FlexPod for VMware Implementation & Deployment Guides
    • Describe how Solutions Builder can be used to prepare for deployment
    • Describe TR-4114 vSphere 5 on Clustered Ontap
    • Describe TR-4113 vSphere 5 on 7-Mode
  • Discuss the Overall Provisioning & Management Strategy for FlexPod
    • Describe Cisco & NetApp OEM Tools for Managing FlexPod
    • Describe the FlexPod Validated Management Tools Program
    • Describe the provisioning, management and workflow automation tools, including Cloupia, Gale, CA, and others
  • Describe the Validated Performance & Monitoring Tools Program
4: FlexPod Use Case Discussion
  • Define a FlexPod architecture to support a given customer requirement
  • Identify key networking requirements such as VLAN, VSAN and NPIV
  • Identify a storage solution to include protocol and networking requirements, VLANs, Server/vFilers, and any high level backup and disaster recovery suggestions
  • Select a hypervisor and describe reasons for recommendation
  • Select a UCS compute environment
  • Describe any special software requirements
  • Identify any provisioning or management tools necessary to meet customer requirements
  • Describe and discuss details of the solution
Labs and Exercises:
  • 1: Identifying Key Configuration Parameters for Implementing FlexPod
    • Part 1 Configure Nexus & UCS
      • Configuration Restore Demo by Instructor
      • Review the Restored UCS Configuration
      • Modify UCS to Support Hypervisor Install
    • Part 2 Configure Storage
      • Configure Cluster Switches
      • Setup clustered Data ONTAP
      • Setup storage infrastructure
      • Configure storage protocols for hypervisor use
    • Part 3 Hypervisor Configuration
      • Install hypervisor
      • Connect to storage
      • Create Virtual Machines
  • 2: FlexPod Sizing Tools
    • Build basic and advanced FlexPod configurations using sizing tools
      • Solutions Builder
  • 3: Explore Cloupia Infrastructure Controller
  • 4: Design a FlexPod solution based on a given scenario including all necessary hardware/software
    • Bill of Materials
    • Hypervisor Selection
    • Storage Configuration
    • Networking Configuration
    • Compute Configuration

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