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NetApp FlexPod Certification Training - An Overview

FlexPod, developed by Cisco and NetApp, combines storage, networking, and server components into a customizable flexible architecture to serve the business workloads. NetApp FlexPod solutions speed up the deployment of business infrastructure and critical business applications besides reducing the cost, risk and complexity.

FlexPod consists of Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) servers along with Cisco Nexus Switches, NetApp storage and Fabric Interconnects. All these three functions work excellently together because of sharing the same theories. NetApp FlexPod is designed with flexibility and usability in mind; therefore, it simplifies the managing ever-changing and growing business infrastructure. FlexPod can be used to deploy and manage external, internal and cloud architectures. After completion of NetApp FlexPod certification training, you will be proficient in designing and installing high in demand globally recognized FlexPod® solutions for the variety of business workloads.

For Whom ‘FlexPod Implementation and Administration’ is Must to Join Program:

The prominent job roles primarily benefited from NETAPP FlexPod training course include Network engineers, Network administrators, System engineers Server administrators etc. It is also a good pick for the IT professionals planning to enhance their skill in server management domain.  

Objectives of FlexPod Implementation and Administration Course – The Benefits:

  • Describe data center architecture
  • Identify FlexPod architecture components
  • Identify & configure FlexPod networking components
  • Describe & configure FlexPod storage with clustered data ONTAP
  • Identify & configure the Cisco UCS compute components of FlexPod
  • Identify FlexPod management & troubleshooting tools

Importance/ Growth Prospects of FlexPod Implementation and Administration Certification: 

  • A recent survey, conducted by 451 Research, states that almost two-thirds of organizations experience the difficulty in recruiting data center and server management professionals because of lack of certified credentials.
  • Increasing numbers of organizations are going to hire more server-based IT staff in the coming years because if increasing need of public cloud infrastructure. Jobs for network administrators are estimated to grow @ 6 percent during 2016-2026 according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • At present, the average salary for a Server Administrator is $61,484 but FlexPod Implementation and Administration Certification increases it remarkably.


Course Outline for FlexPod Implementation and Administration Solution Certification

As being the leading accredited training partner for NetApp & Cisco, we at Microtek Learning, provide 3 days virtual training following the most robust curriculum for NetApp FlexPod certification exam:  

Module 1: FlexPod Overview

  • Data Center Philosophy and Cisco VMDC Reference Architecture
  • Benefits of FlexPod Data Center
  • FlexPod Platform Components
  • The FlexPod Cisco Validated Designs (CVD)
  • FlexPod Architecture Platforms
  • FlexPod Data Center Design Options

Module 2: FlexPod Networking

  • Cisco Nexus Family of Products
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Hardware
  • Cisco NX-OS Software Architecture and CLI
  • Layer 2 Switching Features
  • Port Channel Technology and vPC

Module 3: FlexPod SAN

  • Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches
  • Initial Switch Configuration
  • FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • SAN Interfaces and Port Channels
  • Cisco NPV, NPIV and VSANs
  • Zoning

Module 4: FlexPod Compute

  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Server Hardware Components
  • Cisco UCS User Interfaces
  • Cisco UCS Physical Connectivity and High Availability
  • Compute Node LAN Connectivity
  • LAN Identity, Resource Pools and Policies
  • Compute Node SAN Connectivity and Resource Pools
  • Server Identity, Resource Pools and Policies
  • Service Profile and Templates

Module 5: FlexPod Storage

  • NetApp Storage Hardware Portfolio
  • Clustered Data ONTAP Configuration Options
  • Clustered Data ONTAP
  • Physical Network Configuration
  • IPspaces, Broadcast Domains and Subnets in Data ONTAP 8.3
  • Logical Network Components
  • SAN Network Configuration
  • Storage Management
  • Storage Virtual Machines (SVM)
  • FC SVM with NetApp OnCommand System Manager
  • NFS SVM with NetApp OnCommand System Manager

Module 6: FlexPod Virtualization

  • Server Virtualization with VMware
  • Networking in VMware
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V

Pre-Requisite for ‘FlexPod Implementation and Administration’ Certification Exam:

  • Knowledge of server system design and architecture
  • Knowledge of Ethernet and TCP/IP networking
  • Knowledge of SANs and NFS network-attached storage (NAS) technologies
  • Knowledge of Fibre Channel Protocol
  • Knowledge of Cisco Enterprise Data Center Concepts including Unified LAN and SAN
  • Knowledge of hypervisor technologies (such as Microsoft, Red Hat, or VMware)

FAQs- FlexPod Implementation and Administration Certification Course

Q: What is the FlexPod Implementation and Administration exam format?

It is a 60-minute online exam that tests system engineers for their knowledge of tools and standards for assessing computing solution performance characteristics and requirements besides testing their expertise in using FlexPod solution.

Q: Will I get FlexPod logo?

Yes, FlexPod Logo and certificate is awarded to those individuals who pass FlexPod Specialist certification exam.

Q: How can I prepare to pass FlexPod Implementation and Administration exam easily?

The most important element of your FlexPod Implementation and Administration exam study is the strategy to discover your weaknesses and strengths to improve the time management skills. Practice tests are available.

Q: Is demo exam available for FlexPod Implementation and Administration certification?

Yes, it is.

Q: Is there any validity for NetApp certification and logo?

Yes, NetApp University certifications are valid for two years from the date issue

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