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Cisco HyperFlex Training (HXICA)

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Course Overview

This is a training program designed to provide understanding of how Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series combines compute, storage, and networking into an easy-to-use system that brings new levels of speed and efficiency to IT.

Course Length:  3 days

Audience:    Cisco Systems SEs and Channel Partners SEs that have to deploy Cisco HyperFlex Systems Solutions Cisco Customer Support Engineer (CSE) and Cisco PSS

Prerequisites: Familiarity with data center storage  Familiarity with virtualization  Basic understanding of the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS)  Basic understanding of private/public/hybrid cloud infrastructure  Basic understanding of data center management and cloud automation tools

What You're Going To Learn

  • Understand the concept of Software Defined Storage in Hyperconvered Infrastructure
  • Describe the architecture, components, features and operation of Cisco HyperFlex Systems
  • Install, configure, manage, monitor, tune and deploy Cisco HyperFlex Systems
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex Systems configuration options and bundles
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex Systems solution competitive information
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex Systems Use Cases

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Course Outline

1 – INTRODUCTION TO HYPERCONVERGENCED INFRASTRUCTURE

• Architecture of Hyperconverged Infrastructure o Software Defined Storage (SDS) • HyperFex Systems Positioning: o Next Generation Data Platform, part of a Complete Data Center Strategy o Enterprise Ready Hyperconvergenced infrastructure o Flexible, Extensible Storage Interfaces o Cisco HyperFlex Configurations o Benefits and differentiation o scale-out, distributed storage via distributed log-structured file system design o Computing, storage, networking and hypervisor integration o Hyperconverged market and competitive information

2 – CISCO HYPERFLEX SYSTEMS HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE ARCHITECTURE

• Cisco HyperFlex Systems Hardware components o Cisco UCS servers (B-Series, C-Series and HX-Series servers) o Cisco UCS Fabric Inteconnects o HyperFlex network connectivity o Cisco HyperFlex with Cisco ACI • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Software components o Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco UCS Central o Cisco UCS Director o Cisco Enterprise Cloud Suite (Hybrid Cloud) o Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Engine and HX Data Platform • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Software Modules (Controller VM, VAAI Plugin, IOVisor Module) o Cisco HyperFlex Systems hypervisor support o Flexible, Extensible Storage Interfaces o Workload Software (VDI, etc.) • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Security • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Benefits and Differentiation

3 – INSTALLING AND UPGRADING CISCO HYPERFLEX SYSTEMS

• Fast and Easy Installation • Installation tasks • HyperFlex Cluster Creation • Cisco UCS Embedded Automation, Factory Automation o Capacity Planning and Software Upgrades o Data Platform Installer on Cisco UCS o Hardware o Supported Topology o Requirements (vCenter, datacenter, cluster, vSwitches, OVF Deployments) o Storage Cluster Information o Importing a configuration via JSON o VSphere Web Client PlugIn

4 – CISCO HYPERFLEX SYSTEMS CONFIGURATIONS

• Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Boundels and Configurations • Hyperconvergence Meets Unified Computing • Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series • Cisco HX SmartPlay • SmartPlaySelect HX-Series Configurations • Configure to Order • Cisco HyperFlexHX220c Configuration • Cisco HyperFlex HX240c Configuration • Product Specification • Cisco HyperFlex B200c Configuration

5 – IMPLEMENTING CISCO HYPERFLEX SYSTEMS FEATURES, HIGH-AVAILABILITY, SCALABILITY AND RESILIENCY

• HyperFlex Systems Scalability o Hyperconverged Scale Out and Distributed File System o Independent Scaling of Compute and Capacity o Efficient Capacity and Network Utilization o Capacity Planning o Dynamic Data Distribution • High Resiliency, Recovery and Non-disruptive Operations o Cluster-self healing o Resiliency and Monitoring o Data Protection and High Availability o Non-disruptive Operations o Continuous Data Optimization

6 – IMPLEMENTING CISCO HYPERFLEX SYSTEMS DATA SERVICES

• Data virtualization and optimization: o Caching o Read caching o Write Back Caching to SSDs with Mirroring o Uniform Space Utilization o Inline De-duplication and Compression • Data Services: o Snapshot for Backup o Cloning • ISV Integration o vSphere Storage API for Array Integration (VAAI) offload o Zerto Replication for Cloud-based Disaster Recovery (DR) o Veeam DR and Backup

7 – IMPLEMENTING CISCO HYPERERFLEX SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

• Integrated Management and Data Services • Cisco UCS Manger and Cisco UCS Central, Cisco UCS Director • VMware vCenter Server, vSphere Client o vCenter plug-in: HX Data Platform Summary o vCenter plug-in: DatastoreProvisioning • HyperFlex with Integrated Enterprise Cloud Suite • Maintenance Operations • Capacity Reporting in UI • Capacity Thresholds and Alerts

8 – IMPLEMENTING CISCO HYPERFLEX SYSTEMS PROACTIVE CLOUD MONITORING

• Monitoring, Alarm and Event • Cloud-based Monitoring and Analytics • Disk or Node Failure • Auto-Support • Alerts through auto-support • Environment Monitoring via Glassbeam • Performance Summary

9 – CISCO HYPERFLEX SYSTEMS USE CASES AND SOLUTIONS

• HyperFlex Primary Use Cases o Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Use Case and Server Virtualization Use Case ? VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V Operating System Environments ? UCS Director Integration ? 6200 Series Fabric Interconnect and 4th Gen. UCS Servers, Broadwell Servers o High Performance Apps and Analytics Use Case (under development) ? KVM (Docker) Operating System environment ? ACI integration ? UCS Enterprise Cloud Suite / Hybrid Cloud (Amazon or Azure) ? All-Flash infrastructure o Test and Development Use Case o ROBO and Private Cloud Use Case (IaaS with CECS -> on roadmap) • HyperFlex Secondary Use Cases o ROBO: applications with persistent storage o Campus Small IT: Management Clusters o Tier-2 Workloads: Sharepoint, Print Servers, Network Monitoring, Management Clusters o Data Applications: MSSQL, my SQL DBs, future: later DBs, File Servers • Hyperflex Solutions o VDI Solutions ? VDI-VMware View ? VDI-Citrix XenDesktop o Virtual Infrastructure (VSI) Solution

10 – LABS

Lab 1: Setting up Virtual VMware Center server Lab 2: Creating Cisco HyperFlex Systems HX Cluster Lab 3: Configuring Management Interface Lab 4: Creating Datastore and Deploying VM Lab 5: Managing Cisco HyperFlex Systems Datastore Lab 6: Creating and Managing ReadyClones Lab 7: Creating and Managing Snapshots Lab 8: Monitoring and Alerts Lab 9: Troubleshooting Cisco HyperFlex Systems

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