Cisco UCS and HyperFlex Workshop

Course Description

The Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS) family of products is a next-generation computing solution, which is based on industry-standard technologies and innovative management concepts. Cisco UCS redefines the way data centers use and deploy compute resources, while reducing management overhead and increasing efficiency. UCS-TD is a two-day course, providing an architectural overview of the Cisco UCS, including how it can be deployed to increase compute density, accelerate server provisioning and reduce the cabling, power, and cooling burdens in both virtualized and non-virtualized environments for a variety of data center workloads.

The Cisco HyperFlex family of products is a next-generation hyperconverged solution that is based on UCS and industry standard technologies. HyperFlex redefines the way data centers use and deploy compute, storage, and network¬ing resources, while reducing management overhead and increasing efficiency. Topics will cover the solution architec¬ture, UCS for HyperFlex, and data services for the HyperFlex solution. Having covered the solution architecture, you will then explore how data moves within the platform and how to monitor, manage, and upgrade the platform; you will also examine workload design guidelines for HyperFlex environ¬ments. It features additional content on networking design and operations including a discussion on integrating Cisco HyperFlex into new and existing data center environments.

Who Should Attend

This course provides an introduction to the Cisco Unified Computing and

Cisco HyperFlex Systems for data center and system architects, network administrators, and systems administrators.


You will gain the most from this seminar if you have basic knowledge of Intel x86 server solutions, data center networking technologies, and storage area networks.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss challenges in the data center today and the evolution to IT-as-a-Service
  • Describe the Cisco UCS B, C, S, and HX-Series M5 Servers hardware components and use cases
  • Describe the Cisco UCS management framework
  • Provide a detailed description of Cisco UCS core network connectivity
  • Describe port configuration on the Cisco UCS fabric interconnect
  • Describe Global Pools and Policies as well as Interface Templates
  • Describe how to create and manage Service Profiles Templates and Instances
  • Review the HyperFlex platform, including internal and external communication, scaling, and management of failure situations
  • Discuss how HyperFlex handles compression, dedupli¬cation, snapshots and cloning, and integration with third-party services
  • Navigate through the HyperFlex management platform, including cloud-based analytics, and install and upgrade HyperFlex
  • Demonstrate how to walk through and stage a POC for maximum customer impact


Lesson 1: Challenges in the Data Center Today

  • Data Center Workloads
  • Integrated Systems
  • Server Operational Challenges
  • Describe the Cisco Unified Computing System
  • Cisco One Enterprise Cloud Suite

Lesson 2: Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Cisco UCS Architecture
  • Data Center Bridging
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Fabric Interconnect Components
  • Cisco UCS IO Modules
  • Cisco UCS 5108 Series Blade Chassis
  • Cisco UCS and Intel "Skylake" Processors and new M5 Server Technologies
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Models and Options
  • Cisco UCS Virtual Interface Cards
  • Cisco UCS C-Series Models and Options
  • UCS C-Series Integration with UCS Manager
  • UCS S-Series Servers Models and Options
  • UCS HX-Series Servers Models and Options
  • UCS Mini
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Power Requirements Supported Configurations

Lesson 3: Cisco UCS Management Framework

  • Cisco UCS Management Architecture
  • Organizations and Role Based Access Control
  • UCS Central
  • UCS Director
  • UCS Performance Manager
  • Third Party Tools for Monitoring, Deployment, and Orchestration
  • XML-API and Cisco UCS PowerTools
  • UCS Manager Backup Operations

Lesson 4: UCS Port Configurations

  • Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect Port Configuration

Lesson 5: Cisco UCS Core Network Connectivity

  • UCSM Local and Storage Area Networks
  • Cisco UCS Core Network Connectivity Requirements
  • UCS Blade Chassis and IOM Connectivity Schematics Optimizing
  • Cisco UCS Server Interface Placement
  • Cisco UCS Advanced Networking Features
  • End Host Mode (EHM) on the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
  • EHM with Disjointed L2 Networks
  • Integrating Cisco UCS with Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure
  • Fabric Interconnect Storage Area Network Connectivity
  • Cisco UCS SAN Connectivity Requirements
  • SAN End Host Mode (EHM) on the Cisco UCS Fabric Interconnect
  • iSCSI on the Cisco UCS

Lesson 6: UCS Pools, Policies

  • Describe Resources Pools
  • Describe Policies
  • Describe Interface Templates

Lesson 7: Creating Service Profiles

  • Service Profile Templates
  • Cisco UCS Service Profiles
  • Overview of Service Profile Wizards
  • Expert Service Profile Wizards

Lesson 8: Managing Service Profiles

  • Associating and Disassociating Service Profiles to
  • Server Blades
  • Using Service Profiles
  • Compute Node Failures
  • KVM and Virtual Media Utilities

Lesson 9: Solution Architecture

  • HyperFlex Platform Overview
  • HCI Use Cases
  • Data Platform
  • Connectivity and Protocols
  • Cisco UCS Manager
  • VCenter Configuration and Considerations
  • Internal Platform Communication
  • Scaling the HyperFlex Solution
  • Resiliency and Nondisruptive Operations

Lesson 10: Data Services

  • Data Virtualization
  • Log-Structured Filesystem
  • Data Optimization, Snapshots, and Cloning
  • Third-Party Integration

Lesson 11: Platform Operations

  • Management Overview
  • Adding and Removing Components (White/Black Listing of Drives)
  • Monitoring and Analytics: Local and Cloud Based
  • Installation
  • Upgrades