3 Days

Who should attend:

This course is intended for the following audiences:

  • System Engineers
  • Data Center Systems engineers
  • Data Center Field Engineers
  • System Operators responsible for vSphere and vCenter Server
  • Professionals who need to design, deploy, and configure the FlexPod solution]


The following prerequisite skills and knowledge are recommended:

  • Understanding of server system design and architecture
  • Basic VMWare environment background
  • Familiarity with Ethernet and TCP/IP networking

Course Content

Architecture & Design for FlexPod (FLEXPODAD) is a highly focused 3-day course that provides a detailed understanding of how to design a FlexPod for VMware environment and FlexPod for Microsoft Private Cloud environments. FlexPod provides scalable infrastructure solutions with a predesigned base configuration for simplifying standardized data center infrastructure deployments.

This course will teach you to define the FlexPod architecture and explain the benefits of FlexPod as an end-to-end solution. You will also be able to describe key differentiators for the FlexPod architecture including the use of VMware and Hyper-V as the virtualization hypervisor.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Define the FlexPod architecture components
  • Explain the benefits of FlexPod as an end-to-end solution
  • Define the FlexPod key differentiators
  • Identify key customer objections and how to respond
  • Define key requirements for sizing FlexPod components
  • Define the elements of the FlexPod Deployment Guide

Course Outline

The course consists of the following modules in addition to course labs:

  • FlexPod Solution Architecture Overview
  • FlexPod for VMWare Deployment
  • FlexPod Validated with Microsoft Private Cloud
  • FlexPod DataCenter Solutions Sizing
  • FlexPod Toolbox
  • ExpressPod
  • Clustered ONTAP FlexPod
  • FlexPod vs vBlock
  • FlexPod Implementation Summary


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