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Cisco MDS Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers
Cisco UCS Test Drive
FlexPod Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers
Nexus 9500 Test Drive (NX9KTD)
Nexus Core Test Drive
UCS Director Test Drive for Technical Decision Makers (UCSDTD-TDM)
Unified Computing Systems Implementation


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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Apr 29-30, 2014India, BangaloreRegister
May 5-6, 2014Taiwan, TaipeiRegister
May 8-9, 2014Australia, PerthRegister
May 14-15, 2014China, Hong KongRegister
Jun 2-3, 2014Australia, SydneyRegister
Jun 5-6, 2014SingaporeRegister
 

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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Apr 28-29, 2014Taiwan, TaipeiRegister
 

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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May 26-27, 2014New Zealand, AucklandRegister
May 29-30, 2014Australia, SydneyRegister
 

Nexus 9500 Test Drive (NX9KTD)

Cisco Nexus 9000 Test Drive is a one-day, technical overview of the eagerly-awaited, next-generation Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches. These 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. Cisco Nexus 9000 Switches build on existing NX-OS technology to bring two new data center network deployment options to 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 emphasizes understanding and designing a data center network with the Nexus 9000 Series Switches, focusing on the new programmability features and interfaces.

The course also introduces the second operating mode, called Application Centric Infrastructure–or ACI. ACI runs on the same Nexus 9000 hardware platform and expands upon the fundamental concepts of SDN to deliver a completely reconceptualized operational model that goes far beyond existing SDN technolo-gies. ACI, as the name suggets, is designed from the ground-up to be application-centric. It is a control-ler-driven network solution that turns application connectivity requirements, in real time, into a network service on demand to meet business requirements.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for customers who are considering deployment of the Nexus 9000 Series Switches and wish to gain a deeper level of knowledge and experience. This course focuses primarily on the Nexus 9000 operating in stand-alone mode, with a brief overview of the ACI functionality.

Prerequisites
  • Familiarity with Cisco NX-OS
  • Understanding of Cisco Data Center network architecture
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Apr 25, 2014China, ShanghaiRegister
Apr 29, 2014Australia, MelbourneRegister
May 6, 2014India, BangaloreRegister
May 8, 2014India, MumbaiRegister
May 13, 2014Australia, SydneyRegister
May 16, 2014SingaporeRegister
May 22, 2014Thailand, BangkokRegister
 

Nexus Core Test Drive

This two-day hands-on course covering the Cisco Nexus family of switches is designed for the next- generation virtualized Data Center. The Nexus family introduces several key features that will be critical for implementing next-gen, virtualized, and cloud computing architectures. This course covers the entire Nexus product family including the 7000, 6000, 5000, 4000, 3000, 2000, and 1000V, but it focuses on implementing aggregation and core- layer architectures with the Cisco Nexus 7000. The goal of this course is to help you understand how you can apply these new technologies to optimize the scalability, agility, performance, and operational efficiency of your data center. This course includes hands-on labs in which you will configure technologies such as: Overlay Transport Virtualization, FabricPath, and a routed network leveraging Virtual Device Contexts (VDCs) on the Nexus 7000.

Who Should Attend
This course provides an introduction to the Cisco Nexus product portfolio, with an emphasis on the Cisco Nexus 7000, for Data Center network architects.

Prerequisites
You will gain the most from this seminar if you have at least CCNA-level knowledge of routing and switching. Some understanding of storage networking would be useful but is not mandatory.
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Jun 17-18, 2014Vietnam, HanoiRegister
 

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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May 5-6, 2014India, PuneRegister
 

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.

May 14-16, 2014New Zealand, AucklandRegister