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.


* Actual course outline may vary depending on offering center. Contact your sales representative for more information.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this course, you 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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


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




While there are no prerequisites for this course, please ensure you have the right level of experience to be successful in this training.


Length: 2.0 days (16 hours)


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