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Designing the FlexPod Solution (FPDESIGN)

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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
    • 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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