The Cisco Metapod Foundation Training (MPODF20) v2.0 is a 1-day instructor-led, lab-based, hands-on course that introduces learners to the operation, configuration, and management of the Cisco Metapod solution, and how to take advantage of Cisco cloud operations and support service.
Cisco Metapod offers cloud infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) for companies wanting to configure and manage their own private clouds with Cisco 24-hour support service. This course provides experience for both users and administrators about how to create and manage instances (virtual machines), storage volumes, operating system images, projects (also called tenants), Neutron networking-as-a-service (NaaS), and instance flavors (size templates).
Learners also learn how to access the OpenStack API services to run command line interface (CLI) commands and create application stacks for faster deployment of instances.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Create and access instances
  • Create, attach, and use storage volumes
  • Create and apply guest (custom) operating system images for instances
  • Access the API CLI for the OpenStack services and execute commands
  • Create application stacks for faster deployment of instances
  • Create and manage resources for projects, including creating and adding users
  • Use the Cisco Metapod dashboard metrics for monitoring resources
  • Create custom instance flavors (size templates)
  • Create Neutron networks


The course contains these components:
  • Solution Overview
    • Examining Cloud Computing Basics
    • Exploring the Cisco Metapod Solution
    • Introducing Metapod Hardware and Software
  • Metapod User Basics
    • Creating and Using Instances
    • Creating and Using Storage Volumes
    • Creating and Using Guest OS Images
  • Advanced User Features
    • Using API Service CLI Commands
    • Creating and Using Application Stacks
  • Metapod Administration
    • Creating and Managing Projects and Users
    • Monitoring Resources with Metrics
    • Creating and Managing Flavors
  • Neutron Networking
    • Introducing Neutron
    • What Is Neutron?
    • Upstream Neutron Reference Architecture
    • Examining Recommended Deployments
    • Eight Metapod Networking Use Cases and Labs
    • Case 1: Two Instances, Same Network, Same Tenant Through Static IP
    • Case 2: Two Instances, Different Network, Same Tenant Through Static IP
    • Case 3: Two Instances, Different Tenants Through Static IP
    • Case 4: Two Instances Communicating Through Floating IPs
    • Case 5: Single Instance Communicating on Multiple Networks
    • Case 6: Create a DMZ for Network Isolation
    • Case 7: Instances Communicating to the Internet
    • Case 8: Instances Receiving Traffic from the Internet

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Prior knowledge of cloud computing and virtualization software basics
  • Ability to perform basic UNIX-like operating system commands