Description

The CHXintro v3.5 - Cisco HyperFlex Introduction is a 2-day instructor-led training, designed for individuals that are either not yet familiar with HyperFlex of are looking for a deeper dive. Training runs from very basic topics such as "What is hyperconvergence?," to advanced topics such as installation, stretched clusters, and design. This training also covers features that are new to HyperFlex v3.0, such as stretched clusters, Hyper-V clusters, LAZ, and Kubernetes support. However, this is an introduction training and thus the focus is on the basic understanding of HyperFlex. If you are already well familiar with HyperFlex before v3.0 and you are just looking for an update CHXupdate v3.0 is the training you are looking for.

This training is NOT suitable for individuals that have in-depth experience with the product. Keep in mind this is an introductory 2-day training catered to individuals that did not yet have or had very little exposure to HyperFlex. The class includes a theoretical part and a practical part. Practical part includes participants performing HyperFlex labs. Therefore it is essential that attendees bring their own laptops in order to perform the labs.

Objectives

After finishing this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe what is hyperconvergence and what is HyperFlex
  • Describe software aspects of HyperFlex
  • Describe hardware aspects of HyperFlex
  • Monitor and manage HyperFlex (including Intersight)
  • Position and design HyperFlex
  • Install, expand, upgrade HyperFlex
  • Protect your data using snapshots, replication, and D@RE
  • Describe and setup other types of clusters: stretch, Hyper-V, and EDGE
  • Describe how you can use HyperFlex as a multicloud platform leveraging Cisco Cloud Platform (CCP) and Kubernetes

Outline

The course contains these components:
  • An Introduction
    • What is hyperconvergence and what are the motivations for it?
    • What is HyperFlex?
    • UCS M5: the platform for HyperFlex
    • Complete operations cycle
  • The HyperFlex Data Platform
    • A look inside a HX node
    • Replication factor
    • Software perspective: data distribution, rebalancing, self-healing
    • Reading, writing
    • Benefits of HyperFlex vs. a conventional HCI system
    • Deduplication and compresion
  • HyperFlex UCS
    • HX-series servers
    • Fabric Interconnects for HyperFlex
    • CPUs in HyperFlex: Intel Xeon
    • Compatiblity considerations with M4, connectivity options
    • LFF HyperFlex
    • HyperFlex EDGE
  • Management
    • vCenter plugin
    • CVM command line
    • HX Connect
    • REST API
    • Intersight
  • Design, Performance, and Positioning
    • Integration with FC/iSCSI storage
    • HyperFlex on an existing UCS domain
    • Networking
    • Failure scenarios (disk, server)
    • Scaling cluster and compute-only nodes
    • Logical availability zones
    • Performance overview
    • Use cases and customer success stories
    • NVIDIA: When to design your HyperFlex with GPUs
    • Machine-learning workloads
  • Regular Cluster Installation, Expansion, Upgrade
    • Prerequisites
    • Installation steps
    • Post-installation procedure
    • Cluster expansion
    • Cluster upgrade
  • Data Protection
    • HyperFlex native snapshots and clones
    • HyperFlex native replication
    • 3rd party restore solution overview (Veeam, Commvault, Cohesity)
    • Data at rest encryption
  • Stretched Cluster
    • What is stretched cluster?
    • Requirements
    • Operations and failure scenarios
    • How are installaiton and management different than with a regular cluster
  • Hyper-V Cluster
    • How is this cluster different and how is it similar to ESXi-based cluster: data distribution, networking, installation, etc.
    • Cluster architecture
    • Features of the initial release
    • Management (Hyper-V manager, SCVMM, HX Connect, PowerShell)
    • Snapshots, clones, and data protection
  • Containers and Multicloud
    • What are containers and why do we need Kubernetes
    • Motivation and use cases for containers
    • What is Cisco Cloud Platform and why is HyperFlex it's foundation
    • Why you should care about Cloud Center, CWOM, and AppDynamics
  • Ordering and Licensing
    • HX Tools: profiling, sizing, and benchmarking
    • Licensing: HyperFlex, vSphere, Hyper-V, Smart Licensing
    • Cisco Commerce Workspace: SKUs, Tips and tricks
  • Lab outline:
    • HyperFlex introduction: Installation, management, monitoring
    • Stretched cluster

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:
  • Data Center background: compute, storage, and networking
  • Knowledge of Cisco UCS