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Unified Computing Designer
Build skills equivalent to the DCUCD - Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing v5.0 program
  • Credit Hours: 4 Days

  • Format: Virtual Classroom - Instructor-led, Online

  • Professional Certificate: CCNP Data Center

  • Recommended for: Data center designers, administrators, and engineers

The Unified Computing Designer course prepares students for employment in the Informational Technology industry. This course is an intensive coverage of designing scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center unified computing and virtualization solutions. These solutions are based on the Cisco data center product portfolio with a Cisco Unified Computing System as a centerpiece integrated with contemporary server virtualization solutions. Students will also learn how to evaluate existing data center computing solutions, determine the requirements, and design Cisco data center unified computing and virtualization solutions. Throughout this program, students will complete theory-based lectures and virtual labs which walk through Cisco's UCS B-Series and UCS C-Series components. Included are configuration labs, which will utilize UCS Manager v2.0 and various case studies based on real world scenarios. Upon completion of this course, students will be eligible to obtain employment and/or career advancement. 

This program prepares students for employment as a System Engineer. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment change between 2010 and 2020 will grow 15% greater than the annual average.

What You'll Learn

  • Evaluate the data center solution design and design process in regards to contemporary data center challenges, data center solution architecture, and components
  • Assess the requirements and performance characteristics of the data center computing solutions
  • Employ design steps to size the Cisco UCS solution for given data center requirements
  • Evaluate and design Cisco UCS solution LAN, SAN, and virtual access layer connectivity
  • Recognize and design Cisco UCS solution server deployment
  • Identify the Cisco UCS solution for Unified Communications and Hadoop distributed computing applications with their specifics, and Cisco UCS options that fit the application needs

Who Needs to Attend

  • Data center designers, administrators, and engineers
  • System engineers and managers

Prerequisites

  • CCNA Data Center certification
  • Knowledge of Cisco Nexus product
  • Knowledge of Cisco MDS product
  • Knowledge of server and desktop virtualization (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware View, and Citrix XenDesktop)
  • Operating system administration familiarity (Linux and Windows)

Course Outline

1. Cisco Data Center Solution Architecture and Components

  • Data Center Solutions
  • Elements of data center computing solutions
  • Consolidation as a relevant data center trend
  • Virtualization as a relevant data center trend
  • Evaluating the business challenges of the contemporary data center solutions
  • Evaluating the environmental challenges of the contemporary data center solutions
  • Technical challenges of the contemporary data center solutions
  • Data Center Applications
  • Common data center applications
  • Server virtualization characteristics
  • Desktop virtualization characteristics
  • Cloud Computing
  • Evaluating the cloud computing solution, terms, and general characteristics
  • Recognizing cloud computing deployment models
  • Comparing cloud computing service delivery categories, the responsibilities demarcation, and their applicability
  • Recognizing the aspects of cloud computing services and solutions
  • Cisco Data Center Architecture and Components
  • Cisco Data Center architectural framework
  • Cisco Data Center architectural framework unified fabric component
  • Cisco Data Center network equipment
  • Cisco Data Center architectural framework compute component
  • Cisco Validated Designs

2. Assessing Data Center Computing Requirements

  • Defining a Cisco Unified Computing System Solution Design
  • Design process for the Cisco UCS solution
  • Evaluating the design process phases for the Cisco UCS solution
  • Assessing the deliverables of the Cisco UCS solution
  • Analyzing Computing Solutions Characteristics
  • Performance characteristics
  • Assessing server virtualization performance characteristics
  • Assessing desktop virtualization performance characteristics
  • Assessing small VMware vSphere deployment requirements
  • Assessing small Hyper-V deployment requirements
  • Assessing VMware VDI deployment requirements
  • Employing Data Center Analysis Tools
  • Evaluating reconnaissance and analysis tools
  • General steps of running an analysis with the selected tool
  • Performing existing computing solution analysis with VMware Capacity Planner
  • Performing VMware vSphere analysis with VMware CapacityIQ
  • Performing existing computing solution analysis with Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit
  • Evaluating the Cisco UCS TCO/ROI Advisor tool

3. Sizing Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

  • Sizing the Cisco UCS C-Series Server Solution
  • Recognizing general steps for Cisco UCS C-Series server selection
  • Requirements of Cisco UCS C-Series integration with Cisco UCS Manager
  • Selecting proper Cisco UCS C-Series server hardware based on the requirements for a given small VMware vSphere environment
  • Selecting proper Cisco UCS C-Series server hardware based on the requirements for a given small Hyper-V vSphere environment
  • Sizing the Cisco UCS B-Series Server Solution
  • Recognizing the general Cisco UCS B-Series server hardware sizing aspects
  • Gathering requirements for a given VMware View desktop virtualization solution
  • Planning Unified Computing Deployment
  • Recognizing the Cisco Power Calculator tool
  • Proposing a physical deployment plan

4. Designing Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

  • Designing the Unified Computing Network
  • Recognizing the network operational modes of the Cisco UCS 6200 Series fabric interconnects
  • Cisco UCS network connectivity
  • Recognizing Layer 2 disjoint domain concepts and implications
  • Network high availability mechanisms for Cisco UCS network connectivity
  • VM-FEX requirements for the Cisco UCS B- and C-Series
  • Designing Unified Computing Storage
  • Recognizing SAN operational modes of Cisco UCS 6200 Series fabric interconnects
  • SAN connectivity design aspects
  • SAN high availability mechanisms for Cisco UCS 6200 Series fabric interconnects
  • Designing the Virtual Access Layer
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V integration with VMware vCenter

5. Designing Cisco Unified Computing Solutions Server Deployment

  • Designing Cisco UCS Server Deployment
  • Aspects of the server deployment
  • common naming convention for given solutions
  • UUID addressing for given solutions
  • MAC addressing for given solutions
  • WWN addressing for given solutions
  • common policies for hosts of a given solution
  • Designing Unified Computing Management
  • Cisco UCS management access
  • Organizational hierarchy within Cisco UCS configuration
  • Remote management connectivity characteristics

6. Cisco Unified Computing Solution Applications

  • Designing Cisco Unified Communications on Cisco UCS
  • Recognizing Cisco Unified Communications solutions
  • Assessing Cisco Unified Communications characteristics
  • Two options for deploying Cisco Unified Communications on Cisco UCS
  • Designing Distributed Computing on Cisco UCS
  • Recognizing distributed computing solutions and applications
  • General Hadoop architecture
  • Assessing general Hadoop performance characteristics
  • Designing Cisco UCS for the Greenplum MR Hadoop solution

Appendix A: Creating Cisco UCS Solution BOM

  • Online Configurator
  • Netformx DesignXpert
  • Netformx DesignXpert

Labs

Lab 1: Analyze the Existing Computing Solution

Lab 2: Size the Cisco UCS C-Series Solution

Lab 3: Size the Cisco UCS B-Series Solution

Lab 4: Plan the Physical Deployment

Lab 5: Design Microsoft Hyper-V R2 Deployment on Cisco UCS

Lab 6: Design VMware vSphere Deployment and Integration with Cisco UCS

Lab 7: Design VMware vSphere Deployment on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000V

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$3295.00

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