Training focus: FL-Flexpodi

A look at the ‘FLEXPOD Infrastructure for VMWare – Design/Implementation & Administration’ certification.

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Training focus: FL-Flexpodi Josef Miskulnig, CEO of Fast Lane, says that the FL-FlexpodI course takes the student into the heart of the data centre platform with technologies that have been consolidated into a single architecture that is driving the market.
By  Georgina Enzer Published  April 16, 2013

What is the FL-FlexpodI course?

Flexpodi is a course dealing with the design, implementation and administration of a Flexpod solution. Flexpod is a data centre platform combining storage, networking and server components from Cisco & NetApp and integrating them into a single flexible architecture. This infrastructure building block integrates the power of Cisco & NetApp together with VMware to provide an efficient data centre solution.

The Fast Lane designed course explores in-depth mechanisms of Cisco Unified Computing Systems hand-in-hand with NetApp FAS storage systems and how they integrate into the FlexPod architecture serving VMware virtualisation solutions. Significant content is devoted to building block technologies and protocols as well as to the complete FlexPod solution and its design. Ample focus is set to hands-on configuration and management of UCS B-Series servers, NetApp FAS3200 systems and VMware vSphere environments for deployment as well as day-to-day operations of a FlexPod solution.

The course consists of different modules including, Cloud Computing and Data Centre Solutions overview, Cisco UCS B-Series Hardware & Architecture, Designing Cisco UCS Server Deployment Model, Examining Cisco UCS Solution Management, Configuring UCS Connectivity, The NetApp Storage Environment, Basic administration of a NetApp FAS system, NetApp Physical & Logical Storage, NetApp in NFS NAS Environment, NetApp virtualisation solutions, vSphere Overview, vSphere FC Connectivity, vSphere iSCSI Connectivity, vSphere LUN Access, NetApp FAS/V 3200 for FlexPod, FlexPod for VMware and FlexPod Architecture.

What benefits does FL-FlexpodI give the student in the employment market?

The course takes the student into the heart of the data centre platform with latest technologies that have been consolidated into a single architecture that is driving the market. Students obtain an understanding of cloud computing and modern data centre solutions and challenges.

During the course students also work with the Cisco UCS solution and learn how to evaluate and describe the Cisco UCS solution architecture and identify different management options and administration tasks for Cisco UCS. Students will also learn how to explain the connectivity requirements for the Cisco UCS platform and explore the dimensions of the NetApp storage environment. Successful attendees will also be able to explore virtualisation solutions with NetApp, describe NetApp integration with vSphere environment, describe vSphere FC/FCoE connectivity with NetApp, describe vSphere iSCSI connectivity with NetApp, describe vSphere LUN access with NetApp, understand in depth NetApp FAS/V 3200 for FlexPod, build FlexPod solution for VMWare and explore FlexPod solution architecture for cloud.

Is it an essential qualification for storage experts?

It is a qualification for storage experts to excel in the deployment of advanced data centre solutions. Storage area networks require in-depth experience to manage, deploy, and interconnect multiple types of data storage devices and data servers that enterprise users rely on today. This is a multi-vendor course taking the student into the heart of the data centre platform with the latest technologies that have been consolidated into a single architecture driving the data centre market.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for the following audiences:
System administrators
Data Center Systems engineers
Data Center Field Engineers
Data Center technicians or administrators
System Operators responsible for vSphere and vCenter Server
Professionals who need to deploy, configure, and manage the FlexPod solution


The following prerequisite skills and knowledge are recommended:
Understanding of server system design and architecture
Basic VMWare environment background
Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
Familiarity with SANs

How much does it cost?

The course price is $3950 for five days of training including courseware, professional trainers and state of the art equipped training labs.

Training course dates:

28 April – 02 May 2013, Dubai, UAE
30 June – 04 July 2013, Dubai, UAE
08 – 12 September: 2013, Dubai, UAE

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