FlexPod in a Microsoft Environment (FPMS)

Detailed Course Outline

1: FlexPod and the Cloud

  • Data Center Evolution from Siloes to the Cloud
  • What is Cloud Computing?
  • Attributes and benefits specific to cost, application delivery times and business agility
  • What are strategies for the successful journey to Cloud delivered IT Services?
  • FlexPod architectural and configuration overview
  • FlexPod Positioning and Value Proposition
  • Cisco Validated Designs

2: FlexPod Components

  • Cisco UCS Overview
  • Identify UCS building blocks
  • The benefits of a Unified Fabric
  • Fabric Extenders, Adapter-FEX and VM-FEX
  • Embedded System Management
  • Agile Server Provisioning and Operations
  • Cisco UCS Compute Portfolio
  • Intel Xeon Processor Family
  • Overview of Xeon E5-Series and E7-Series processors
  • NetApp Storage Overview
  • Clustered Data ONTAP
  • Storage Efficiency
  • FlexPod Scalability
  • Data Protection
  • Microsoft Private Cloud
  • Microsoft System Center 2012
  • FlexPod Management Architecture and Integration
  • Microsoft Hyper-V and the Virtual Machine Manager
  • Cisco Nexus 1000v
  • Nexus 1000v overview
  • Cisco Network Services Controller - Nexus 1100
  • Virtual Appliances offerings - Virtual Security Gateway (VSG), vWAAS,
  • ASA 1000v and VSM)

3: Qualifying the Customer

  • Identifying the Customer requirements
  • Key Application Requirements
  • FlexPod Sizing Rationale and Sizing Tools
  • Cloud Computing Opportunities
  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, Batch Data Processing, BC/DR

4: The Competition and Key Markets

  • Competitive Overview
  • HP CloudSystem Matrix
  • Dell Active System
  • IBM PureSystems
  • Oracle Exadata and ExaLogic
  • Vertical Markets
  • Juxtapose solutions with similar Cisco UCS and Nexus components