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 Test Drive
Cisco Unified Computing System Implementation and Troubleshooting (UCS-ITS)
FlexPod Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers
Integrating Cisco UCS with Microsoft Services
UCS Director Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers (UCSDTD-TDM)
Unified Computing Systems Implementation
VCE Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers

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, SydneyRegistration closed
Dec 1-2, 2014Australia, SydneyRegister
Dec 4-5, 2014Australia, MelbourneRegister
Dec 16-17, 2014Korea, SeoulRegister
Dec 17-18, 2014China, Hong KongRegister
Dec 18-19, 2014Thailand, BangkokRegister
Jan 8-9, 2015SingaporeRegister
Jan 29-30, 2015Taiwan, TaipeiRegister

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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Dec 8-9, 2014New Zealand, WellingtonRegister

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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Nov 11-12, 2014Korea, SeoulRegister
Nov 20-21, 2014Indonesia, JakartaRegister

Cisco UCS Test Drive

The Cisco Unified Computing System family of products is a next-generation computing solution based on industry-standard technologies and innovative management concepts. Cisco UCS redefines the way data centers will use and deploy compute resources, while reducing management overhead and increasing efficiency.

This 2-day course provides you with a detailed architectural overview of how Cisco UCS can be deployed to increase compute density, reduce the cabling, power and cooling burdens, and accelerate server provisioning in both virtualized and non-virtualized environments.

The course includes hands-on labs to demonstrate the deployment and management of compute resources in a Cisco UCS environment.
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Oct 29-30, 2014Australia, MelbourneRegister
Oct 30-31, 2014India, MumbaiRegister
Nov 4-5, 2014Taiwan, TaipeiRegister
Nov 5-6, 2014India, BangaloreRegister
Nov 18-19, 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 27-31, 2014SingaporeRegister

FlexPod Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers

The haphazard siloed IT Infrastructures that dominates today’s data centers increases complexity while making it difficult to meet the demands of the business for rapid application deployment, increased reliability, seamless scalability, and managed costs. This complexity reduces the IT team’s ability to be dynamic, responsive, and innovative, ultimately widening the gap between them, the user community, and the rest of the business or organization.

To meet these challenges, IT infrastructure teams are moving towards a new model for delivering IT services from a consolidated, multitenant shared computing platform. This new model for delivering IT as a service is commonly referred to as a Cloud, or “Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)”. No matter what we call it, this architecture requires innovations in the compute, network, and storage layers of the data center.

The NetApp-Cisco FlexPod architecture leverages next-generation Cisco Unified Computing servers, Cisco Unified Fabric networking, NetApp unified storage and virtualization technologies, and best-of-breed virtualization and management platforms to provide a integrated, pretested, scalable, secure multitenant architecture for a Cloud IaaS solution.

In this workshop, you will learn about the next-generation technologies underlying the FlexPod architecture and how the FlexPod is scaled, provisioned, and managed as a whole. Ultimately, the goal of this workshop is to help you find out how FlexPod can help you accelerate your vision for an agile IT infrastructure as part of a pragmatic and successful cloud strategy.

Get Your Hands On The Wheel
This workshop will include selected hands-on labs with a FlexPod solution, allowing you to evaluate the provisioning, fault tolerance, service isolation, and service assurance features of the FlexPod architecture.

Who Should Attend
This 2-day workshop is solutions-oriented training that is designed for System Integrator and End User Solution Architects who are responsible for developing data center solutions that span compute, network, and storage.

Recommended Prerequisites
You will gain the most from this seminar if you are familiar with basic Data Center network architecture, have a fundamental knowledge of server virtualization, and familiarity of storage area networking concepts.
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Nov 10-11, 2014China, QingdaoRegister
Nov 13-14, 2014China, ShanghaiRegister

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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Oct 23-24, 2014Australia, BrisbaneRegister
Nov 26-27, 2014Australia, PerthRegister

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 11-12, 2014China, Hong KongRegister
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.

Oct 21-23, 2014Australia, CanberraRegister
Nov 17-19, 2014Australia, MelbourneRegister

VCE Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers

The "accidental architecture" that dominates today's data centers increases complexity and cost, while making it difficult to meet increasingly strict service level agreements. The complexity of today’s DC architectures makes it impossible for IT to respond to the needs of the business in a timely manner, and relegates IT to the role of cost center rather than innovator.

To meet these challenges, data centers are moving towards an Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) model. This new model requires innovative approaches to the underlying technology and to the delivery model for customer success.

Vblock Infrastructure Platforms are integrated IT offerings from the VMware-Cisco-EMC coalition that combine best-in-class virtualization, networking, compute, storage, security, and management technologies—with end-to-end vendor accountability—to create a pre-integrated, ready-to-deploy IaaS solution.

The goal of this workshop is to help you understand the advantages and fundamental architecture of Vblocks, and the key enabling technologies.

This course includes hands-on lab exercises using demo pods that have been designed for you to explore Vblock management capabilities.

Who Should Attend
This seminar is solutions-oriented training that is designed for System Integrator and End User Solution Architects who are responsible for developing data center solutions that span compute, network, and storage.
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Nov 6-7, 2014Australia, MelbourneRegister
Dec 3-4, 2014Australia, SydneyRegister