Cisco HyperFlex Implementation and Administration - HXICA Course Outline

(3 Days)

Overview

Cisco HyperFlex Implementation and Administration (HXICA) is a 3-day training program designed to provide understanding of how Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series combines compute, storage, and networking into an easy-to-use system that brings new levels of speed and efficiency to IT.

Audience Profile

  • Channel Partners
  • Systems Engineers needing to position HyperFlex
  • Engineers and Architects interested in HyperFlex
  • Administrators needing to manage HyperFlex

Prerequisites

  • Familiarity with implementation of Cisco Data Center Storage Server/Compute and network Virtualization Infrastructure
  • Familiarity with implementing and configuring of Cisco UCS systems
  • Basic understanding of Private/Public/Hybrid Cloud infrastructure
  • Basic understanding of Data Center management and cloud automation tools.

At Course Completion

After you complete this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of Software Defined Storage in Hyperconvered Infrastructure
  • Describe the architecture, components, features and operation of Cisco HyperFlex Systems
  • Install, configure, manage, monitor, tune and deploy Cisco HyperFlex Systems
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex Systems configuration options and bundles
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex Systems solution competitive information
  • Describe the Cisco HyperFlex Systems Use Cases

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Hyperconvergenced Infrastructure

  • Architecture of Hyperconverged Infrastructure

    • Software Defined Storage (SDS)

  • HyperFex Systems Positioning:

    • Next Generation Data Platform, part of a Complete Data Center Strategy
    • Enterprise Ready Hyperconvergenced infrastructure
    • Flexible, Extensible Storage Interfaces
    • Cisco HyperFlex Configurations
    • Benefits and differentiation
    • scale-out, distributed storage via distributed log-structured file system design
    • Computing, storage, networking and hypervisor integration
    • Hyperconverged market and competitive information
    • Module 2: Cisco HyperFlex Systems Hardware and Software Architecture

  • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Hardware components

    • Cisco UCS servers (B-Series, C-Series and HX-Series servers)
    • Cisco UCS Fabric Inteconnects
    • HyperFlex network connectivity
    • Cisco HyperFlex with Cisco ACI

  • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Software components

    • Cisco UCS Manager, Cisco UCS Central
    • Cisco UCS Director
    • Cisco Enterprise Cloud Suite (Hybrid Cloud)
    • Cisco HyperFlex HX Data Engine and HX Data Platform

  • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Software Modules (Controller VM, VAAI Plugin, IOVisor Module)

    • Cisco HyperFlex Systems hypervisor support
    • Flexible, Extensible Storage Interfaces
    • Workload Software (VDI, etc.)

  • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Security
  • Cisco HyperFlex Systems Benefits and Differentiation
  • Module 3: Installing and Upgrading Cisco HyperFlex Systems

  • Fast and Easy Installation
  • Installation tasks
  • HyperFlex Cluster Creation
  • Cisco UCS Embedded Automation, Factory Automation

    • Capacity Planning and Software Upgrades
    • Data Platform Installer on Cisco UCS
    • Hardware
    • Supported Topology
    • Requirements (vCenter, datacenter, cluster, vSwitches, OVF Deployments)
    • Storage Cluster Information
    • Importing a configuration via JSON
    • VSphere Web Client PlugInModule 4: Cisco HyperFlex Systems Configurations

  • Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series Boundels and Configurations
  • Hyperconvergence Meets Unified Computing
  • Cisco HyperFlex HX-Series
  • Cisco HX SmartPlay
  • SmartPlaySelect HX-Series Configurations
  • Configure to Order
  • Cisco HyperFlexHX220c Configuration
  • Cisco HyperFlex HX240c Configuration
  • Product Specification
  • Cisco HyperFlex B200c Configuration
  • Module 5: Implementing Cisco HyperFlex Systems Features, High-Availability, Scalability and Resiliency

  • HyperFlex Systems Scalability

    • Hyperconverged Scale Out and Distributed File System
    • Independent Scaling of Compute and Capacity
    • Efficient Capacity and Network Utilization
    • Capacity Planning
    • Dynamic Data Distribution

  • High Resiliency, Recovery and Non-disruptive Operations

    • Cluster-self healing
    • Resiliency and Monitoring
    • Data Protection and High Availability
    • Non-disruptive Operations
    • Continuous Data Optimization
    • Module 6: Implementing Cisco HyperFlex Systems Data Services

  • Data virtualization and optimization:

    • Caching
    • Read caching
    • Write Back Caching to SSDs with Mirroring
    • Uniform Space Utilization
    • Inline De-duplication and Compression

  • Data Services:

    • Snapshot for Backup
    • Cloning

  • ISV Integration

    • vSphere Storage API for Array Integration (VAAI) offload
    • Zerto Replication for Cloud-based Disaster Recovery (DR)
    • Veeam DR and Backup
    • Module 7: Implementing Cisco HyperFlex Systems Management

  • Integrated Management and Data Services
  • Cisco UCS Manger and Cisco UCS Central, Cisco UCS Director
  • VMware vCenter Server, vSphere Client

    • vCenter plug-in: HX Data Platform Summary
    • vCenter plug-in: DatastoreProvisioning

  • HyperFlex with Integrated Enterprise Cloud Suite
  • Maintenance Operations
  • Capacity Reporting in UI
  • Capacity Thresholds and Alerts
  • Module 8: Implementing Cisco HyperFlex Systems Proactive Cloud Monitoring

  • Monitoring, Alarm and Event
  • Cloud-based Monitoring and Analytics
  • Disk or Node Failure
  • Auto-Support
  • Alerts through auto-support
  • Environment Monitoring via Glassbeam
  • Performance Summary
  • Module 9: Cisco HyperFlex Systems Use Cases and Solutions

  • HyperFlex Primary Use Cases

    • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure Use Case and Server Virtualization Use Case

      • VMware ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V Operating System Environments
      • UCS Director Integration
      • 6200 Series Fabric Interconnect and 4th Gen. UCS Servers, Broadwell Servers

    • High Performance Apps and Analytics Use Case (under development)

      • KVM (Docker) Operating System environment
      • ACI integration
      • UCS Enterprise Cloud Suite / Hybrid Cloud (Amazon or Azure)
      • All-Flash infrastructure

    • Test and Development Use Case
    • ROBO and Private Cloud Use Case (IaaS with CECS -> on roadmap)

  • HyperFlex Secondary Use Cases

    • ROBO: applications with persistent storage
    • Campus Small IT: Management Clusters
    • Tier-2 Workloads: Sharepoint, Print Servers, Network Monitoring, Management Clusters
    • Data Applications: MSSQL, my SQL DBs, future: later DBs, File Servers

  • Hyperflex Solutions

    • VDI Solutions

      • VDI-VMware View
      • VDI-Citrix XenDesktop

    • Virtual Infrastructure (VSI) SolutionLab Outline

  • Lab 1: Setting up Virtual VMware Center server
  • Lab 2: Creating Cisco HyperFlex Systems HX Cluster
  • Lab 3: Configuring Management Interface
  • Lab 4: Creating Datastore and Deploying VM
  • Lab 5: Managing Cisco HyperFlex Systems Datastore
  • Lab 6: Creating and Managing ReadyClones
  • Lab 7: Creating and Managing Snapshots
  • Lab 8: Monitoring and Alerts
  • Lab 9: Troubleshooting Cisco HyperFlex