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DCUCD - Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Computing v5.x

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Course Description

​Learn about data center unified computing and virtualization solutions based on Cisco data center unified computing product portfolio

This course enables engineers to choose and design scalable, reliable, and intelligent data center unified computing and virtualization solutions based on the Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) product portfolio as a centerpiece integrated with contemporary virtualization solutions (for example, VMware vSphere, VMware View, Microsoft Hyper-V, Citrix XenServer, Citrix XenDesktop, Red hat Kernel-based Virtual Machine [KVM], and so on), operating systems (for example, Microsoft Windows and Linux), and applications (database, collaboration, and so on).

Course Objectives

​After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate the data center solution design and design process in regards to the 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 a 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 Cisco UCS solution for Unified Communications and Hadoop distributed computing application with their specifics and Cisco UCS options that fit the application needs


Course Audience

​The primary audience for this course is as follows:

  • Data center designers, data center administrators, and system engineers
  • The secondary audience for this course is as follows:
  • Data center engineers and managers

Course Outline

​Cisco Data Center Solution Architecture and Components


Identifying Data Center Solution

Recognize elements of data center computing solutions

Understand the consolidation data center trend

Understand the virtualization data center trend

Evaluate business challenges of the contemporary data center solutions

Evaluate environmental challenges of the contemporary data center solutions

Evaluate technical challenges of the contemporary data center solutions

Identifying Data Center Applications

Recognize data center application examples

Recognize server virtualization characteristics

Recognize desktop virtualization characteristics

Identifying Cloud Computing

The lesson includes these topics or topic (enabling) objectives:

Evaluate cloud computing solutions

Recognize cloud computing deployment models

Compare cloud computing service categories

Understand cloud computing aspects

Identifying Cisco Data Center Architecture and Components

Evaluate the Cisco Data Center architectural framework

Evaluate the Cisco Data Center architectural framework Unified Fabric

Recognize the Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric equipment

Evaluate the Cisco Data Center architectural framework compute component

Recognize Cisco Validated Designs

2: Assess Data Center Computing Requirements

Defining a Cisco Unified Computing System Solution Design

Describe the design process for the Cisco Unified Computing solution

Evaluate design process phases

Recognize the deliverables for the Cisco Unified Computing solution

Analyzing Computing Solutions Characteristics

Identify performance characteristics

Assess server virtualization performance characteristics

Assess desktop virtualization performance characteristics

Assess requirements for small VMware vSphere deployment example

Assess requirements for small Microsoft Hyper-V deployment example

Assess requirements for VMware View VDI deployment example

Employing Data Center Analysis Tools

Evaluate reconnaissance and analysis tools

Perform existing computing solution analysis with VMware Capacity Planner

Perform VMware vSphere analysis with VMware Capacity IQ

Perform existing computing solution analysis with MAP toolkit

Perform TCO/ROI analysis with Cisco UCS TCO/ROI Advisor

3: Size Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

Sizing Cisco UCS C-Series Server Solution

Recognize general Cisco UCS C-series server selection steps

Select proper hardware components to integrate UCS C-series server with UCS Manager

Select proper Cisco UCS C-series server hardware based on the requirements for a given small VMware vSphere environment

Select proper Cisco UCS C-series server hardware based on the requirements for a given small Microsoft Hyper-V environment

Sizing Cisco UCS B-Series Server Solution

Recognize general Cisco UCS B-series server selection steps

Select proper Cisco UCS servers based on the requirements for a given desktop virtualization solution

Planning Unified Computing Deployment

Recognize Power Calculator tool

Propose physical deployment plan

4: Design Cisco Unified Computing Solutions

Designing Unified Computing Network

Recognize network operational modes of the Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects

Recognize Layer 2 disjoint domains

Define the network high availability mechanisms for Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects

Define the VM-FEX requirements for Cisco UCS

Designing Unified Computing Storage

Recognize SAN operational modes of Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects

Understand SAN Connectivity

Define the SAN high availability mechanisms for Cisco UCS 6200 Series Fabric Interconnects

Recognize SAN Scalability Options

Designing Virtual Access Layer

Identify and describe the Cisco Nexus 1000V

Identify and describe Cisco Nexus 1000V integration with VMware vCenter

5: Design Cisco Unified Computing Solutions Server Deployment

Designing Cisco UCS Server Deployment

Identify server deployment aspects

Define the common naming convention for given solutions

Define the UUID addressing for given solutions

Define the MAC addressing for given solutions

Define the WWN addressing for given solutions

Define the common policies for hosts of a given solutions

Designing Unified Computing Management

Define the Cisco UCS management access

Define the organizational hierarchy within Cisco UCS configuration

Define the remote management connectivity characteristics

6: Cisco Unified Computing Solution Applications

Unified Communications on Cisco UCS

Recognize Unified Communications application

Assess Unified Communications performance characteristics

Select Cisco UCS hardware for Unified Communications solution

Distributed Computing on Cisco UCS

Recognize distributed computing applications

Understand Hadoop architecture

Assess Hadoop performance characteristics

Design Cisco UCS for Greenplum MR Hadoop solution

Appendixes: Creating Cisco UCS Solution BOM

Creating Cisco UCS Solution BOM

Create Cisco UCS C-series server solution BoM with Online Configurator

Create Cisco UCS C-series server solution BoM with Netformx DesignXpert

Create Cisco UCS B-series server solution BoM with Netformx DesignXpert

Labs

Lab 2-1: Analyze the Existing Computing Solution

Lab 3-1: Design Cisco UCS C-series Solution

Lab 3-2: Design Cisco UCS B-series Solution

Lab 3-3: Plan the Physical Deployment

Lab 4-1: Design Microsoft Hyper-V Deployment on Cisco UCS

Lab 4-2: Design VMware vSphere Deployment and Integration with Cisco UCS

Lab 5-1: Design VMware vSphere Deployment on Cisco UCS and Cisco Nexus 1000V


Course Prerequisites

​To fully benefit from this course, it is recommended that you have the following prerequisite skills and knowledge:

  • Cisco Certified Network Associate Data Center (CCNA Data Center) certification
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Cisco Nexus product family courses
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Designing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFD) course
  • Knowledge that is covered in the Cisco MDS product family courses
  • Knowledge of server and desktop virtualization (for example, VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware View, Citrix XenDesktop, and so on)
  • Operating system administration familiarity (for example, Linux and Windows)

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