The Cisco UCS M6 and UCS Solutions Introduction (NIL-UCSM6FE) is a 3-day instructor-led or virtual instructor-led course that provides you with a technical understanding on new developments of Cisco Unified Computing Platform which makes UCS and UCS based solutions stand out in terms of performance for all traditional and next-generation Applications.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe Cisco UCS server hardware, including the latest UCS M6 server generation
  • Understand Cisco UCS connectivity
  • Understand Cisco UCS based storage and data protection solutions
  • Describe Cisco UCS based converged and hybrid-cloud solutions
  • Describe what is hyperconvergence and HyperFlex benefits
  • Describe how you can use HyperFlex as a hybrid-cloud platform leveraging Cisco Cloud Platform (CCP) and Kubernetes
  • Learn how to manage and optimize Cisco UCS infrastructure
  • Understand Cisco UCS automation and programmability frameworks


The course contains these components:

M1: Cisco UCS M6 Update
  • Cisco UCS networking and B-series overview
  • Cisco UCS VIC update
  • Next Generation UCS M5/M6 server portfolio
  • CPUs and Memory in Intel-Based Cisco UCS M6
  • GPU-Accelerated data center
  • Cisco UCS M6 Servers based on 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
  • Cisco UCS M6 Servers based on 3rd Gen AMD EPYC Processors

M2: Cisco UCS S-Series and Solutions
  • S-series solutions

M3: Converged and Hyperconverged Solutions
  • FlexPod overview
  • FlashStack overview
  • AzureStack overview
  • Cisco UCS solution with containers
  • Cisco HyperFlex overview, features and benefits
  • What's new in HyperFlex v4.5
  • Cisco HyperFlex Application Platform and Intersight Kubernetes Service

M4: Software Update and Operational Tips & Tricks
  • How to perform UCS updates
  • Best practices and opeartional tips & tricks

M5: Management, Optimization and Automation Solutions
  • Cisco UCS Manager, UCS Central and Director
  • Cisco Intersight: introduction and features overview
  • Combined power of Cisco Workload Optimizer (CWOM) and AppDynamics
  • Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer (IWOM)
  • Cisco IWOM – Multi-Cloud Features
  • Cisco UCS Automation and Programmability: Unified API, Python SDK, PowerShell-based Power Tool, Ansible
  • Intersight Restful API and programmability

Lab outline:
  • Lab 1: Cisco Unified Computing System 4.1 v1
  • Lab 2:
    • Cisco Intersight with HyperFlex 4.5 v1
    • Cisco HyperFlex 4.0 in Action v2
  • Lab 3:
    • Getting Started with Cisco Intersight v1
    • Cisco UCS Management with Intersight v1
  • Lab 4:
    • Cisco Workload Optimization Manager 2.3 v1
    • Cisco Intersight Workload Optimizer v1
    • Managing the Application Experience with AppDynamics and IWO v1
  • Lab 5: Cisco UCS Programmability and Automation Lab v1

Prerequisite Knowledge

To fully benefit from this training, participant should already be familiar with:
  • Cisco UCS traditional products
  • Virtualization techniques and architecture (ESXi, vCenter, etc.)
  • Cisco data center architecture