Cisco HyperFlex Overview

Cisco HyperFlex is an industry-leading hyper-converged solution. It simplifies data center architecture, deployment, and management.

By eliminating SAN storage, it also eliminates scaling and high costs issues. Automated and streamlined management of unified infrastructure helps your IT teams focus on the stuff that matters — being proactive with business issues instead of spending most of the time just “keeping the lights on” by maintaining the infrastructure.

However, guidance is golden when introducing disruptive, revolutionary technology in your environment for the first time. That is why we have created the HyperFlex Mentored Installation program to help you get on track the right way from the outset and a lot faster.

 

Cisco HyperFlexMINT overview

Cisco HyperFlex Mentored Install Network Training (MINT) program is an authorized hands-on training program that helps you gain skills and master best practices while deploying the Cisco HyperFlex solution. By combining mentoring and installation, the program accelerates the adoption and deployment of the new Cisco HyperFlex solution in your environment and helps you achieve your desired outcomes.

 

Why choose NIL as your MINT partner?

NIL has been a Cisco Gold Certified Partner, System Integrator, and Cisco Platinum Learning Partner for over 25 years. We educate Cisco engineers, develop official Cisco courseware, and have expertise, experience and capability to make sure that your solution is properly deployed and configured.

NIL is an authorized Cisco partner for providing MINT programs for Cisco SDA, Cisco DNA Center, Cisco SD-WAN, Cisco ACI, Cisco HyperFlex, and Cisco Tetration technologies. We have extensive experience delivering different MINT projects to organizations worldwide that result in high customer satisfaction and faster particular technology adoption.

All our MINT programs are fully customizable. This means that the basic scope is predefined, in order to ensure best practices and key objectives are covered. However, the exact delivery is tailored to your specific environment and requirements, ensuring optimal outcome of the service.

 

Objectives of engagement

  1. Discover the customer outcome desires through investigation of the current situation and steps needed to achieve the goal.
  2. Deployment and configuration of the solution.
  3. Customer enablement and knowledge transfer for continued operation and maintenance of the environment.
  4. Functional solution, with accompanying project documentation.

 

Scope of Work

SoW is predefined to an extent, but will be solidified and agreed upon after the initial situation and outcome discovery.

 

Roles and responsibilities

NIL will do the majority of the work, however, in order to ensure high customer satisfaction and achieve the desired goals, a customer is expected to provide the following:

  • Stakeholder discovery workshop participation
  • Preparation of the environment for the beginning of configuration, which includes, but may not be limited to:
    • Rack space
    • Power capacity
    • Cooling capacity
    • Equipment stacking
    • Infrastructure pre-configuration
  • Customer engineers that will participate in all steps of the project for:
    • Knowledge transfer
    • Testing support
    • Support for integration with the existing environment
  • Plan of test scenarios to determine operational acceptance of the solution situation and outcome discovery.

 

Cisco HyperFlex MINT Stages

Service Name

Service Description

Kickoff – Webex

Project overview.

Review of BoM, design, topology, and the desired solution.

Present HyperFlex VMware or Hyper-V architecture and components.

Consulting on the feasibility of the desired solution.

Requirements and prerequisites – Webex

Introduction to the HyperFlex System architecture and components.

Review of requirements and prerequisites for the installation.

Networking requirements discussion and planning.

Walkthrough of tasks needed to be accomplished by the customer before onsite engagement.

Verification of requirements prerequisites - Webex

Step-by-step verification of requirements and prerequisites needed to be completed by the customer before onsite engagement.

Assuming all prerequisites are met – setting the date for onsite engagement.

Installation, validation and knowledge transfer – On-site

Installation of the HyperFlex cluster (HX installer deployment, UCS configuration/upgrade, HX cluster deployment, Intersight configuration, vCenter/SCVMM integration).

Running post-installation scripts to finalize the HX cluster installation.

HyperFlex knowledge transfer (creating datastore, provisioning VMs, snapshot, VM cloning, migrating VMs, technical deep dive, scalability options, monitoring and management of the HX cluster, use case discussion).

Follow up – Webex

The hand-off of mentored install documentation (installation procedure, completed requirements, and prerequisites with parameters used in the deployment process, additional Cisco guides for administrators and end-users)

Following up on additional customer questions.

Project acceptance form.

Handing over the project survey to finish up the project.

 

 

Next steps after MINT

Your environment is now set up and running. Your team has the basic knowledge and capability to keep it operational.

But maybe you want additional functionality, are looking into further integration, or are even considering a completely new solution, based on a different technology.

For all of these instances, you can turn to NIL to help you move further along. We offer training on the whole range of Cisco products and solutions. Those trainings span from official courses to highly customized workshops that can be tailored to your very specific needs.

In addition, we offer both additional MINT services, as well as full consultancy engagements that extend well beyond pure Cisco deployments and integrations. And we will be more than happy to help you out with any of these challenges and offer proper guidance.