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VersaStack Implementation Fast Track


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The VersaStack solution by Cisco and IBM is an integrated infrastructure designed for cloud and enterprise application deployments. It combines the performance and innovation of the Cisco UCS Integrated Infrastructure with the versatility and efficiency of the IBM Storwize storage system. The VersaStack solution, backed by a Cisco Validated Design (CVD) provides a faster delivery of applications, greater IT efficiency and less risk. VersaStack Implementaton Fast Track (VSIFT) is our new 3-day course that delivers a shortened accelerated version of our 5-day VSI training. VSIFT is designed for experienced data center system engineers, network engineers and administrators implementing and administering VersaStack solutions. This course covers key implementation procedures, management and basic troubleshooting tasks on the Cisco Nexus 9000, Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco UCS, IBM Storwize V7000 Unified and Cisco Nexus 1000V.

Note: VSIFT is a shorter version of our VSI course. It assumes you have a working knowledge of data center technologies including the Cisco Nexus 9000, MDS900, UCS and 1000V series of products as well as IBM’s Storwize V7000.

Who should attend

  • Network engineers
  • Network administrators
  • System engineers
  • Server administrators

Course Objectives

Course Objectives

  • Identify the architecture, features and components of VersaStack for Data Center
  • Describe implementation parameters for VersaStack for Data Center including Cisco Nexus 9300, Cisco MDS 9100, Cisco UCS, IBM Storwize V7000 and Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Describe VersaStack management tools including Cisco UCS Director
  • Understand Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) technology

Topics Covered

Detailed Course Outline

VersaStack Overview

  • Describe Data Center Architecture
  • Describe VersaStack Benefits
  • Understand VersaStack Cisco Validated Design
  • Identify VersaStack Architecture Components
  • Describe VersaStack Installation Workflow
  • Describe VersaStack Configuration Guidelines

VersaStack Networking

  • Describe Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Portfolio
  • Describe Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches
  • Understand how to license Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches
  • Describe Cisco NX-OS Mode Versus ACI mode
  • Initialize the Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches
  • Configure Layer 2 Switching Features
  • Describe the vPC Technology

VersaStack SAN

  • Describe Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Product Portfolio
  • Describe Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Learn how to licensing Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Initialize the Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Configure SAN Interfaces
  • Configure VSANs
  • Configure Distributed Device Aliases
  • Implementing Zoning

VersaStack Storage

  • Describe IBM Storwize Storage System Product Portfolio
  • Describe IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Storage System
  • Describe IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Enclosures and RAID Arrays
  • Initialize the IBM Storwize V7000 Unified
  • Configure IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Ports
  • Configure IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Block Access
  • Configure IBM Storwize V7000 Unified File Access

VersaStack Compute

  • Describe Cisco UCS Product Portfolio
  • Describe Cisco UCS User Interfaces and Management Tools
  • Configure Compute Node LAN Connectivity
  • Configure LAN Identity, Resource Pools and Policies
  • Configure Compute Node SAN Connectivity
  • Configure SAN Identity, Resource Pools and Policies
  • Configure Server Identity, Resource Pools and Policies
  • Configure Service Profile Templates
  • Managing Service Profiles
  • Understand Cisco UCS Central and UCS Director

VersaStack Virtualization

  • Describe Networking in VMware
  • Describe Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switch

Future VersaStack Innovations

  • Explain Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI)
  • Describe Intercloud Fabric (ICF)


  • Cisco Nexus 9300 Initial Configuration Setup
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 VersaStack LAN Configuration
  • Cisco Nexus 9300 VersaStack vPC Configuration
  • Cisco MDS 9100 Initial Configuration Setup
  • Cisco MDS 9100 VersaStack SAN Configuration
  • IBM Storwize V7000 Unified VersaStack Initial Setup
  • IBM Storwize V7000 Unified VersaStack Storage Configuration
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • VMware ESXi 5.5 vSphere Environment Set Up
  • Cisco UCS Director Introduction


  • General knowledge of data center networking technologies
  • CCNP Data Center or equivalent Cisco UCS and Nexus 9000 knowledge
  • Basic understanding of storage operations using Cisco MDS 900 and IBM Storwise
  • Basic knowledge of server and server virtualization technologies such as VMware vSphere ESXi and Cisco 1000V switched

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