Firefly Test Drive By Design

Cisco ACI Test Drive
Cisco MDS Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers
Cisco Nexus Test Drive With Nexus 9000 Labs (NXTD-9K)
Cisco UCS Invicta Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers (CUITD)
Cisco Unified Computing System Implementation and Troubleshooting (UCS-ITS)
Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)
Integrating Cisco UCS with Microsoft Services
UCS Director Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers (UCSDTD-TDM)
Unified Computing Systems Implementation

Cisco ACI Test Drive

This Firefly Test Drive™ (ACITD) introduces customers to the Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) architecture for next-generation networks. Cisco ACI is a major paradigm shift in networking, which leverages and builds on core concepts in Software-Defined Networking (SDN) within an application-focused management model, that is a critical step in addressing current challenges with virtualized and cloud computing architectures.

This course focuses on developing an understanding of the ACI logical, policy-driven architecture, and how ACI can be implemented adjacent to a traditional infrastructure or in a greenfield deployment. The goal of ACITD is to help you to understand how you can apply these new technologies to optimize the scalability, agility, performance, and operational efficiency of your networks. This workshop includes hands-on labs, in which you will configure the ACI fabric, tenants, and contracts that underlie the ACI policy-driven architecture.

Who Should Attend
This course is tailored for end-user systems architects and senior IT personnel who are evaluating the suitability of ACI for their environment.

Recommended Prerequisites
IT professionals who already possess a working knowledge of data center networks will gain the most from this course

Learning Objectives

  • Identify Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switch hardware components
  • Explain ACI and the policy-driven data center
  • Explain the ACI fabric
  • Configure the ACI Controller
  • Configure L4-7 Service Integration with ACI
  • Configure APIC Hypervisor Integration
  • Demonstrate the programmability and describe the orchestration features available on ACI
  • Configure L2 and L3 border leaf connectivity to external networks
  • Configure management tasks of ACI
  • Describe common topology options for integrating ACI with existing data centers

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Nov 4-5, 2014Australia, SydneyRegister
Nov 11-12, 2014India, BangaloreRegister
Dec 18-19, 2014Thailand, BangkokRegister

Cisco MDS Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers

This course is an intensive 2-day pre-sales, instructor-led training course, combining lectures and hands-on labs to educate prospective buyers about the unique features available when deploying Cisco storage networks. The course highlights a broad range of features on the Cisco MDS 9000 platform, including Virtual SANs (VSANs), PortChannels, advanced security features, FCoE, SAN extension with fibre channel over IP (FCIP), and iSCSI solutions.

The course includes a hands-on test drive in which you will install the Cisco Data Center Network Manager (DCNM) management application, configure VSANs, zones, PortChannels, and FCIP, which is typically deployed for remote data replication.

This course provides prospective Cisco MDS 9000 customers with an architectural overview of the MDS 9000 portfolio. Rather than focusing on operations, this course is designed to help pre-sales customers evaluate the MDS 9000 and to identify and resolve integration issues before they occur.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for customer technical decision makers (senior Data Center or SAN architects) who are evaluating the Cisco MDS 9000 platform for their environment.
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Aug 28-29, 2014SingaporeRegister
Sep 2-3, 2014Australia, CanberraRegistration closed

Cisco Nexus Test Drive With Nexus 9000 Labs (NXTD-9K)

Cisco Nexus 9000 Design and Configuration is a two-day, hands-on course that covers the Cisco Nexus 9000 next-generation switches. Nexus 9000 switches are highly programmable, high density 1/10/40G Ethernet switches that offer highest performance, extensibility to 100GE switching, lowest cost per port and extremely high flexibility and programmability for next generation automation and orchestration. Nexus 9000 switches build on existing NX-OS technology to bring two new data center network deployment options for customers.This course focuses on the first deployment option, known as Standalone Mode. This mode offers significant extensions to NX-OS in the area of programmability, including:

  • A RESTful API, Python scripting, Linux BASH access, and direct ASIC-level access for traffic flow monitoring
  • Support for open-systems automation and orchestration DevOps platforms, including Puppet, Chef, and Cisco’s own onePK
  • Support for software defined networking (SDN) and emerging overlay network technologies, including VXLAN, OpenFlow, and the OpenDaylight Controller

The course and the hands-on labs focus on the hardware architecture of the Nexus 9000 and the new programmability features and interfaces that have been added to NX-OS. Prior knowledge of NX-OS and the Nexus 5000, 6000, or 7000 platforms is highly recommended.

Who Should Attend
This course is a technical training designed for systems engineers, network engineers and architects, and Data Center architects who will be designing, implementing, and managing Data Center networks utilizing the Cisco Nexus 9000.

  • Familiarity with Cisco NX-OS
  • Understanding of Cisco Data Center network architecture
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Sep 2-3, 2013Korea, SeoulRegistration closed
Sep 18-19, 2014Indonesia, JakartaRegister
Sep 23-24, 2014India, ChennaiRegister
Sep 29-30, 2014India, GurgaonRegister

Cisco UCS Invicta Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers (CUITD)

This two-day hands-on technical course cover-ing the Cisco UCS Invicta Series of solid state memory systems is designed to provide an overview of the products and technologies of UCS Invicta. This course will enable data center engineers and architects to understand the value of Cisco UCS Invicta solutions and how to integrate them for performance gain and infrastructure simplification and consolidation. The Cisco UCS Invicta Series introduces shared scalable flash memory to the Cisco UCS infrastructure solutions for application workload acceleration. This course covers a detailed product overview of the Cisco UCS Invicta Series including the UCS Invicta 3142SA Appliance and Invicta Scaling System, covering components, features, management, provisioning, and integration with Cisco UCS.

The goal of this course is to help users to understand how you can deploy the Cisco UCS Invicta Series with Cisco UCS to optimize the performance of high IO-demanding workloads. This course includes hands-on labs in which you will configure the Cisco UCS Invicta Series together with Cisco UCS using native on-board GUI tools and the UCS Director platform.

Who Should Attend
This two-day workshop is solutions-oriented training that is designed for end-user technical solution architects and systems administrators who are responsible for developing data center solutions. The focus of the Cisco UCS Invicta Series is on infrastructure solutions for high IO application work-loads.

You will gain the most from this seminar if you are familiar with basic data center network architecture and storage area networking concepts and have a fundamental knowledge of server virtualization.
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Sep 11-12, 2014SingaporeRegister
Sep 16-17, 2014Australia, MelbourneRegister
Sep 18-19, 2014China, BeijingRegister
Sep 18-19, 2014Australia, SydneyRegister
Oct 1-2, 2014Korea, SeoulRegister

Cisco Unified Computing System Implementation and Troubleshooting (UCS-ITS)

This five-day, hands-on course focuses on the Cisco Unified Computing System's (UCS's) deployment, operations, and troubleshooting in a five-day boot camp format. The course teaches students the physical and logical architecture of the Cisco UCS. It teaches UCS LAN and SAN fundamentals, then in a hands-on method, teaches students the basics of UCS B-Series operations. Students will learn to install Cisco UCS fabric interconnects and blade chassis, upgrade firmware, create identity and physical resource pools, create service profiles templates, policies and deploy servers in a state-less computing environment. The student will also learn to perform day-to-day operations from monitoring logs to performing back-ups. It features an introduction to Cisco UCS Central 1.1 and UCS PowerTools 1.0. The course proceeds to teach advanced component upgrade and troubleshooting skills at all layers of the Unified Computing System, LAN, SAN, and Compute. Students are tested with challenge labs, yet provided answer keys to assist them.

Who Should Attend
This course provides accelerated, in-depth technical training for system engineers, network engineers, and field engineers who need to deploy, configure, manage, and troubleshoot the Cisco Unified Computing System.


  • Understanding of server system design and architecture
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
  • Familiarity with LAN/SAN technology
  • Familiarity with Fibre Channel Protocol
  • Understanding of Cisco Enterprise Data Center architecture
  • Familiarity with server virtualization technologies (VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, Red Hat KVM, Citrix Xen
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Oct 6-10, 2014SingaporeRegister

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI)

Implementing Cisco Data Center Unified Fabric (DCUFI) v5.0 is a 5-day instructor led training course designed for Systems and Field Engineers, Consulting Systems Engineers, Technical Solutions Architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who install and implement the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series, and the Cisco MDS. The course covers the key components and procedures needed to install, configure, and manage the Cisco Nexus 7000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 5000 Series, the Cisco Nexus 2000 Series, and the Cisco MDS in the network and SAN environment.

Who Should Attend
This workshop is designed for Cisco customers, partners, and employees who are implementing Cisco Data Center environments with Nexus 7000, 5000, and 2000, and/or who are seeking Cisco CCNP Data Center certification.

Recommended Prerequisites

  • Good understanding of networking protocols
  • Recommended CCNA DC Certification
  • Good understanding of the Fibre Channel protocol and SAN environments

Nov 24-28, 2014SingaporeRegister

Integrating Cisco UCS with Microsoft Services

This two-day hands-on course is designed for network architects and IT decision makers who are seeking to design a data center solution integrating Cisco UCS services and management with Microsoft Server and Microsoft System Center management.

The student will learn the value add Cisco UCS provides for simplistic provisioning and scaling of data center compute capabilities and its unified fabric services and management. The student will understand the use and management considerations for managing Cisco UCS using Cisco UCS PowerTool for Microsoft PowerShell. In addition, Cisco provides Integration Plugins, Add-In's and Implementation Packs for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012, Microsoft System Center Orchestrator 2012, Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012. These tools allow Microsoft System Center administrators a complete view of Microsoft Servers and services utilizing Cisco UCS and Cisco’s management integration with Microsoft System Center. This relieves the constant checking and moving between multiple management consoles to perform monitoring, deployment and alert acknowledgement along with many other duties normally performed through UCS Manager but now available in Microsoft System Center tools.

The labs provide an affirmation of the ease of integrating Cisco UCS management with Microsoft System Center and Microsoft PowerShell.

Who Should Attend

  • IT Executives
  • Front-Line IT Managers
  • Data Center Architects
  • Virtualization Administrators
  • Technical Solution Architects
  • Cisco Partner Customers
  • Microsoft System Center Administrators

  • Understanding of Data Center Design
  • Basic understanding of layer 2 switched and layer 3
  • routed networks
  • Basic understanding of SANs and Unified Fabrics
  • Understanding of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Familiarity with server virtualization
  • Familiarity with managing a virtualized environment
  • Familiarity with Microsoft System Center
  • Familiarity with Microsoft PowerShell
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Sep 18-19, 2014SingaporeRegister
Sep 24-25, 2014Korea, SeoulRegister

UCS Director Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers (UCSDTD-TDM)

UCS Director is a centralized management solution that enables IT departments to experience the full benefits of their converged infrastructure investment by continuing to reduce TCO and save staff time with transparent unified management. UCS Director enables organizations to build their own internal private clouds as well as manage public clouds. UCS Director is a vendor-neutral, multi-hypervisor, and multi-cloud provisioning and management solution that provides physical and virtual infrastructure control, management, and monitoring via a single pane of glass. UCS Director addresses the complex challenges of building, deploying, and managing a wide variety of IT services in private cloud, public cloud, and hybrid cloud environments. With UCS Director, organizations achieve faster service delivery, greater IT agility, and significant cost savings. UCS Director significantly improves service levels and operational efficiencies by providing service-centric IT management with end-to-end automation capabilities.

The goal of this two-day training is to describe the architecture, capabilities, and implementation details of the UCS Director platform. After completing this training, attendees will be able to realize the technical and business benefits that UCS Director provides, as well as perform the installation and basic configuration tasks required for the initial proof of concept deployment of the UCS Director solution.
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Nov 13-14, 2014SingaporeRegister

Unified Computing Systems Implementation

The Cisco Unified Computing System is designed to improve IT responsiveness to rapidly changing business demands. UCS enables IT to improve utilization of computing resources through support for increased workload density, and accelerates the delivery of new services simply, reliably, and securely, through end-to-end provisioning and migration support for both virtualized and non-virtualized environments.

This 3-day hands-on course focuses on Cisco UCS deployment and operations. You will learn how to configure and manage UCS servers and how to virtualise server properties to enable simple and rapid deployment and workload management through the use of Service Profiles. With a focus on hands-on labs, you will have the opportunity to practice operational tasks relating to the deployment and maintenance of a UCS environment.

Sep 29 - Oct 1, 2014Australia, CanberraRegister