Designing the FlexPod Solution (FPDESIGN)

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About this Course

Designing the FlexPod Solution is a 2 day instructor-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, this course will describe the hardware components of the FlexPod and the process for selecting proper hardware for a given set of requirements.

UPDATED: The following topic areas have been added to the Designing the FlexPod Solution course:

  • UCS Mini (Directly Attached NetApp Storage)
  • Cisco ACI Architecture (NVA – All Flash FAS and AltaVault)
  • Nexus 9K and 5K Switch Validated Designs
  • Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware 6
  • FlexPod DC with All Flash FAS, 9K, ONTAP 8.3.1

Who should attend

The primary audience for this course is as follows:

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


This course is part of the following Certifications:

Class Prerequisites

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)

What You Will Learn

Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe data center architecture and identify FlexPod architecture components
  • Identify 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

Outline: Designing the FlexPod Solution (FPDESIGN)

Module 1: FlexPod Data Center Solutions and Architectures

  • Data center elements
  • Business challenges
  • Consolidation trend
  • FlexPod solution
  • Benefits of FlexPod
  • FlexPod components
    • Validated and supported designs
    • Cisco UCS
    • Nexus switch
    • NetApp Storage
  • FlexPod platforms
    • Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) and Cisco Nexus data center switches
    • NetApp Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) components
    • A range of third-party software

Module 2: FlexPod Workload Sizing and Technical Specifications

  • FlexPod performance characteristics
    • Server virtualization
    • Desktop virtualization
    • Reconnaissance and analysis tools
    • Deploying analysis tools
    • Microsoft MAP toos
  • FlexPod design tools
    • Components
    • Sizing considerations
    • Cisco UCS application sizer
    • NetApp solution builder sizing tool

Module 3: FlexPod Deployment and Management Strategies

  • Configuration features
    • LAN and SAN features
    • Server provisioning features
    • Virtual port channels
    • Virtual storage tiering features
  • Validated designs
    • Data center with VMware vSphere and Nexus 7000
    • Data center with Microsoft Private Cloud Enterprise Design Guide
    • Cloudera Distribution Including Apache Hadoop (CDH)
    • Cisco Nexus 7000 and NetApp MetroCluster for multisite deployment
    • Data Center with Cisco Nexus 5600 Series Switches
    • Data Center with Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Switches (Standalone Mode)
    • Data Center with NetApp AFF 8000 All-Flash Storage and Cisco ACI
    • FlexPod Express with Cisco UCS Mini and VMware vSphere 5.5
  • Management and provisioning strategies
    • Data center operations and management challenges
    • UCS Director turnkey solutions
    • UCS Director management types
    • UCS Director automation
    • Self-service provisioning and reporting
  • Use cases
    • Customer challenges and goals
    • Workload analysis
    • Component selection process
    • Review
    • Analyze solution


  • Analyze the Existing Computing Solution
  • Review Cisco Nexus 9372 LAN FlexPod Base Configuration
  • Review Cisco MDS 9148S SAN FlexPod Base Configuration
  • Review NetApp FlexPod Base Configuration
  • Review Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Explore Cisco UCS Director FlexPod Configuration
Classroom Training

Duration 2 days

  • United States: US$ 1,800
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 18 CLC
  • NetApp Training Units: 24 NTU
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Online Training

Duration 2 days

  • United States: US$ 1,800
  • Cisco Learning Credits: 18 CLC
  • NetApp Training Units: 24 NTU
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