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Designing the FlexPod Solution

Designing the FlexPod Solution is a 2-day instructor-led course where you will learn to evaluate the FlexPod solution design process with regard to the contemporary data center challenges. The course...

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$1,800 USD
Duration 2 days
Available Formats Classroom

Designing the FlexPod Solution is a 2-day instructor-led course where you will learn to evaluate the FlexPod solution design process with regard 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, this course will describe the hardware components of the FlexPod and the process for selecting proper hardware for a given set of requirements.

Skills Gained

  • Describe the FlexPod Solution
  • Identify FlexPod Design Requirements
  • Identify the supported Cisco UCS components
  • Identify the supported NetApp storage components
  • Identify the supported Cisco Nexus components
  • Describe the FlexPod topology options
  • Describing FlexPod validated management solutions
  • Describe the FlexPod use case with VMware vSphere 6.0 and IP-Based Storage
  • Describe the FlexPod use case with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack

Who Can Benefit

  • Partners, OR
  • Anyone needing to setup and design their FlexPod solution


  • Basic understanding of storage operations
  • Basic knowledge of server and server virtualization
  • General knowledge of networking technologies

Course Details

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 UCS innovations and benefits
  • Nexus family of products
  • NetApp All Flash FAS systems
  • Scaling up or down
  • Cooperative support
  • 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
  • All Flash FAS
  • 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