FlexPod Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers

November 13-14, 2012
NexusIS 1733 Alton Parkway, Suite 150 Irvine, CA, Nexus Training Room Time: 8:30-5:00pm
Length: 2 Days Format: Lecture/Lab Version: 2.1
The haphazard siloed IT Infrastructures that dominates today’s data centers increases complexity while making it difficult to meet the demands of the business for rapid application deployment, increased reliability, seamless scalability, and managed costs. This complexity reduces the IT team’s ability to be dynamic, responsive, and innovative, ultimately widening the gap between them, the user community, and the rest of the business or organization. To meet these challenges, IT infrastructure teams are moving towards a new model for delivering IT services from a consolidated, multitenant shared computing platform. This new model for delivering IT as a service is commonly referred to as a Cloud, or “Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)”. No matter what we call it, this architecture requires innovations in the compute, network, and storage layers of the data center. The NetApp-Cisco FlexPod architecture leverages next-generation Cisco Unified Computing servers, Cisco Unified Fabric networking, NetApp unified storage and virtualization technologies, and bestof-breed virtualization and management platforms to provide a integrated, pretested, scalable, secure multitenant architecture for a Cloud IaaS solution. In this workshop, you will learn about the nextgeneration technologies underlying the FlexPod architecture and how the FlexPod is scaled, provisioned, and managed as a whole. Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is to help you find out how FlexPod can help you accelerate your vision for an agile IT infrastructure as part of a pragmatic and successful cloud strategy.

Get Your Hands On The Wheel
This workshop will include hands-on time in a demonstration lab with a FlexPod solution. The labs will allow you to see the basic configuration, management, provisioning, fault-tolerance and service assurance features of a FlexPod architecture.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is solutions-oriented training that is designed for End User Technical Decision Makers and Solution Architects who are responsible for developing data center solutions that span compute, network, and storage IT infrastructure.

Recommended Prerequisites
You will gain the most from this workshop if you are familiar with basic Data Center network architecture, have a fundamental knowledge of x86 servers and server virtualization, and familiarity of storage area networking concepts.

Learning Objectives
After you complete this course, you will be able to: • Explain the rapid application provisioning, infrastructure agility, business impact and reduced cost benefits of an architecturally validated/ integrated shared compute platform. • Contrast architectural differences in the server, network and storage components of a FlexPod to traditional technologies. • Review multitenancy, scalability and management capabilities • Explore FlexPod management consoles though a basic provisioning process flow
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FlexPod Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers

Lesson 1: Overview, Context, and Solution Benefits
FlexPod Introduction and Architecture Overview Delivering IT Services on a Shared Compute Infrastructure: FlexPod as a Cloud IaaS Platform FlexPod Virtualization Architecture Rapid Application Deployment, Business, and IT Cost Reduction Improved Service Level Availability and Business Continuity The “Flex” in FlexPod: Integrating Existing DC Investments

Lesson 3: Managing a FlexPod
Cloud Service Adoption Strategies: Transitioning IT from Cost Center to Service Provider Component-Level Management Service Provisioning and Infrastructure Orchestration Self-Service and Automated Application Orchestration Cisco’s Intelligent Automation for the Cloud (CIAC)

Lesson 4: Enhanced Secure Multi-Tenancy (ESMT)
The Four Pillars of Secure Multi-Tenancy Components and Concepts of a FlexPod ESMT Deployment Design Best Practices for ESMT Deployment

Lesson 2: FlexPod Architecture Differences to Traditional Server, Network and Storage Technologies
“Third Generation” x86 Servers - Leveraging Commoditized Chassis & Servers, Virtual I/O, and Stateless Computing for Cost Effective Scalability and Rapid Server Recovery Centralized Management, Connectivity, and Provisioning Unified Fabric Compared to Traditional FC SAN & L2 LAN Networks Unified Storage – Multiuse, Multiprotocol, and Multitenant Built for Virtualization Storage Features: Deduplication, Snapshot, Replication, Thin Provisioning, and Auto Tiering Secure Multi Tenancy Through the Compute, Network, and Storage Layers Scaling the FlexPod Architecture

Demo Labs: FlexPod Tenant Provisioning “Test Drive”
Lab Tour, Connectivity/Navigation Basics, Configuration and Component Overview Explore Nexus 5000 Configuration Explore UCS B250 Configuration, Service Profiles and I/O Connectivity Explore vCenter Cluster Configuration, NFS Datastore and Boot LUNs Explore NetApp OnCommand Demo & “Test Drive” of Expanding the Tenant Compute Cluster Demo & “Test Drive” of Automated Service Provisioning

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