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FlexPod Implementation (FPI)

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1: FlexPod Overview
  • Data Center Evolution
    • Application Requirements
      • Business Applications
      • Resource Requirements
        • Compute
        • Networking
        • Storage
      • The Migration to the Data Center
    • Data Center Philosophy
      • Operational Challenges
      • Silo Based Architecture
      • Business Challenges
      • Maintaining Separation in the Data Center
    • Migrating to Cloud Architecture
      • Silos of Virtualization
      • ITaas (Internal Cloud)
      • External Cloud
      • Hybrid Cloud
    • Building A Cloud Infrastructure
      • Challenges
      • FlexPod as a Cloud Infrastructure
    • Summary
  • FlexPod Overview
    • FlexPod Overview
      • What is FlexPod
      • Cisco Validated Designs (CVD)
      • NetApp Verified Architecture (NVA)
    • Benefits of FlexPod
      • High Availability
      • Manageability
      • Pre-defined, Consistent Hardware Configuration
    • FlexPod Components
      • Validated versus Supported Components
      • FlexPod Base Architecture and Component Roles
        • Compute – Cisco UCS
        • LAN & SAN Infrastructure – Nexus 5000
        • Storage – NetApp Storage
      • Optional Components
        • Nexus 1000v and Nexus 1010
      • FlexPod Connectivity Requirements
      • FlexPod End-to-End Layout
        • Physical
        • Logical
    • ExpressPod
      • ExpressPod Overview
        • ExpressPod Architecture
        • Comparing ExpressPod to FlexPod
        • Target Market for ExpressPod
2: FlexPod LAN & SAN Infrastructure
  • Cisco Nexus Switch
    • Cisco Nexus Switches
      • Cisco Nexus Product Portfolio
      • Cisco Nexus Switch Modes
      • Unified Ports
    • Cisco Nexus 5500 Series Hardware Options
      • Cisco Nexus 5548 Switch
      • Cisco Nexus 5596 Switch
      • Ethernet and Fibre Channel Modules
      • Unified Port Module
      • Layer 3 Expansion Modules
    • Cisco NX-OS
      • Data Center Operating System
      • Software Architecture
      • Software Features
      • OS Management
      • Connecting the Nexus 5500 into FlexPod
    • Summary
  • Cisco Nexus 5548 LAN Configuration
    • Nexus 5548 LAN Setup Overview
    • Identify and Configure LAN Components
      • Initializing the Switch
      • Managing Interfaces
    • Enabling features on Nexus 5548
    • VLAN Creation
    • vPC Configuration
    • vPC Peer links
    • Summary
  • Cisco Nexus 5548 SAN Configuration
    • Nexus 5548 SAN Configuration
    • VSANs on Nexus 5548
      • Creating VSANs
      • VSAN Interface Membership
    • Device Aliases
      • Creating Device Aliases
    • Zoning Policies
      • Creating a Zone Policy
      • Creating a Zoneset Policy
    • Summary
3: FlexPod Storage
  • NetApp Storage Hardware
    • NetApp Storage Hardware: FAS Storage Systems
      • 2200 Series
      • 3200 Series
      • 6200 Series
    • Supported Disk Shelves
    • Virtual Storage Tier
      • Flash Cache
      • Flash Pools
    • Summary
  • Data ONTAP
    • Compare the Data ONTAP Two Modes of Operation
      • Compare Data ONTAP 7-Mode to Clustered ONTAP
      • Overview of 7-Mode with MultiStore in a FlexPod Environment
      • Overview of Clustered ONTAP in a FlexPod Environment
    • Clustered ONTAP
      • Clustered ONTAP Architecture
      • Storage Objects
      • Storage Protocols
      • Data Management Capabilities
    • Networking Requirements
      • Physical vs Logical Networking
      • Routing Groups
      • Failover Groups
      • VLAN Requirements
    • Data Access in Clustered ONTAP
      • Data Vservers
      • Vservers for Management and Application Data
      • SAN Requirements
      • NFS Exports
    • Summary
4: FlexPod Compute
  • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)
    • Cisco UCS Product Portfolio
    • Cisco UCS Features
      • UCS Manager 2.1
      • Unified Fabric
      • Service Profiles
    • Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware
      • Chassis
      • Blades
      • Mezzanine Adapters
      • IOM Modules
      • Fabric Interconnects
    • Connecting Cisco UCS to FlexPod
      • EVH mode
      • Uplink Ports
      • Port Channels
    • Cisco UCS FlexPod SAN Connections
      • Fibre Channel Uplinks
      • NPV Mode
    • Cisco UCS Management
      • Cisco UCS Manager 2.1 GUI
      • Cisco UCS Manager CLI
      • Cisco Central Manager
    • Integration of Cisco C-Series with FlexPod
      • Cisco UCS C-Series Hardware Overview
      • Requirements for Integrating C-Series with UCS Manager
    • Summary
  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Configuration
    • Overview of the UCS Configuration Process
    • Fabric Interconnect Initial Setup
      • Create Fabric Interconnect Cluster
      • Accessing UCS Manager
      • Enable Server Ports
      • Enable Uplink Ports
      • Enable Port Channels
      • Enable FC Uplinks
    • Connecting Storage Directly to the Fabric Interconnect
      • Cisco and NetApp Recommendations
      • Requirements
      • Considerations
    • Summary
  • Cisco UCS Service Profiles
    • UCS Service Profiles
      • Expert vs Simple Service Profiles
      • Mobile Service Profiles
    • Service Profile Template Workflow
      • VLANs
      • VSANs
      • Pools
      • Policies
      • Templates
      • Creating Service Profile Templates
    • Summary
  • Provisioning Servers
    • Creating a Service Profile from Template
    • Association/Disassociation of a Service Profile
      • Installation of Software on a Server
      • Using KVM to Monitor a Server
    • Map Virtual Media
    • Summary
5: The Role of Hypervisors within FlexPod
  • Role of Virtualization in FlexPod
  • FlexPod for VMware
  • FlexPod for Microsoft Private Cloud with Hyper-V
6: FlexPod Design Use Case
  • Define the Workload
    • Mixed Workloads
    • Operating Systems and Applications
    • VDI
    • Multi-tenancy
  • Evaluating the Existing Environment
  • Selecting the FlexPod Hardware
    • Sizing for A Virtualized Compute Environment
    • Working with NetApp & Cisco Account Teams for Sizing
      • Factors that affect Storage Sizing
      • Factors that affect Network Sizing
      • Factors that affect Compute Sizing
  • Review of the logical FlexPod Topology
  • Summary
  • Course Summary
Labs
  • Lab 0-1: Fast Lane Lab Environment Review
  • Lab 2-1: Cisco Nexus 5548 LAN Deployment
  • Lab 2-2: Cisco Nexus 5548 SAN Deployment
  • Lab 3-1: NetApp Cluster Mode Deployment
  • Lab 4-1: Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Lab 4-2: Provisioning Cisco UCS Blade Servers
  • Lab 5-1: VMware vCenter Server Configuration
 

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