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Designing the FlexPod Solution (NA-FPDESIGN)

SS Course: 2001037

Course Overview


This 2-day, instructor led course shows you how to evaluate the FlexPod solution design process in regard to the contemporary data center challenges. The course follows a standard design methodology that is used to create FlexPod designs. FlexPod architectures, components, design principles, use cases and preconfigured solutions are examined. Using NetApp and Cisco tools, learners create FlexPod designs that correlate to real-world environments.


Scheduled Classes

10/18/21 - FLV - Virtual-Instructor Led - Virtual Instructor-Led
12/06/21 - FLV - Virtual-Instructor Led - Virtual Instructor-Led

What You'll Learn

  • Explain the capabilities and benefits of the FlexPod solution
  • Explain FlexPod data center architectures
  • Identify the FlexPod design principles
  • Describe FlexPod design methodology
  • Identify the NetApp and Cisco sizing tools
  • Describe FlexPod management, orchestration, and support options
  • Describe solutions for common FlexPod designs
  • Identify the hardware and software components that are used in common FlexPod designs


Viewing outline for:

Module 1: FlexPod Solution Overview

  • Changes and challenges to Data Management
  • Introduction to FlexPodsolutions
  • FlexPoddatacenter architectures
  • FlexPodworkloads

Module 2: Designing a FlexPod Solution

  • FlexPoddesign principles
  • Design methodology
  • FlexPodsizing and design tools

Module 3: FlexPod Components

  • Compute layer
  • Network layer
  • Storage layer
  • FlexPodmanagement

Module 4: Analysis of Validated FlexPod Designs

  • FlexPoddatacenter with vSphere 6.5U1 CVD
  • FlexPoddatacenter with Microsoft SQL Server 2017 on Linux VM on VMware and Hyper-V
  • FlexPodExpress with VMware vSphere 6.7U1 and NetApp AFF A220 with Direct-Attached IP-Based storage
  • FlexPoddatacenter with VMware Horizon View 7.3 and VMware vSphere 6.5 U1 with Cisco UCS Manager 3.2 for 5000 seats
  • FlexPoddatacenter with VMware 6.5 U1 and Cisco ACI 3.1


  • VDI project planning and solution sizing questions


  • Extracting customer requirements and challenges
  • Select appropriate hardware based on workload variables
  • Explore workloads and capacity with FlexPodcomponents
  • Select appropriate hardware based on workload variable


  • Technical Overview of FlexPod Solutions
  • Knowledge of NetApp hardware, software and cluster administration
  • Knowledge of Cisco hardware, software and administration

    Who Should Attend


    NetApp, Cisco or NetApp partner professional services.

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