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FPDESIGN - Designing the FlexPod Solution (FPDESIGN)

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  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
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  • Content
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Course Overview

Duration: 2 Days

Designing the FlexPod Solution is a 2-Day intructor-led course where you will learn 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 assess computing solution performance characteristics and requirements.

In addition, the course will describethe 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 Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


The following prerequisite skills and knowledge are recommended before attending this course:

  • Knowledge of server system design and architecture
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
  • Familiarity with SANs and NFS NAS technologies
  • Familiarity with Fibre Channel protocol
  • Understanding of Cisco Enterprise Data Center architecture
  • Familiarity with hypervisor technologies (such as Microsoft, Red hat, or VMware)

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Describe data center architecture and identify FlexPod architecture components
  • Identofy and configure FlexPod networking components
  • Describe and configure FlexPod storage with clustered data ONTAP
  • Identify and configure the Cisco UCS compute components of FlexPod
  • Describe and configure the VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors
  • Identify FlexPod management and troubleshooting tools

Course Content

Module 1: FlexPod Data Center Solutions and Architecture

  • Describe data center elements
  • Identify data center business, environmental, and 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 supported Cisco UCS components
  • Identify supported Cisco Nexus switch components


Module 2: FlexPod Workload Sizing and Technical Specifications

  • Describe FlexPod performance characteristics
  • Describe server and 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
  • Describe NetApp Solution Builder Sizing tool


Module 3: FlexPod Deployment and Management Strategies

  • Lesson 1: Describing Key FlexPod Configuration Features
    • Describe key FlexPod LAN and SAN features
    • Identify FlexPod server provisioning features
    • Describe FlexPod high availability features
    • Describe virtual port channels
    • Describe supported FlexPod SAN features
    • Describe FlexPod virtual storage tiering features


  • Lesson 2: Identifying FlexPod Validated Designs
    • Identify Cisco FlexPod validated designs
    • 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


  • Lesson 3: Describing the Management and Provisioning Strategy for FlexPod
    • Identify data center operations and management challenges
    • Describe FlexPod validated management solutions
    • Describe Cisco UCS Director turnkey solution
    • Identify Cisco UCS Director management types
    • Describe Cisco UCS Director automation
    • Describe self-service provisioning and reporting


  • Lesson 4: Describing a FlexPod Use Case
    • Identify the customer challenges and goals
    • Describe the workload analysis
    • Describe the component selection process
    • Review the selected component
    • Analyze the solution


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