Seminar As A Service

Cisco Data Center Essentials

The Fast Lane Seminar as a ServiceTM helps you to educate your customers on the latest solution designs addressing today´s pressing IT concerns. Rather than traditional marketing concepts to build your customer relationships, Seminar as a Service is about making your seminars a success by providing turn-key services that can be delivered both Live Online or through a “Road Show” series. The workshops are flexible and our services are customized to provide the latest solution designs.

Cisco’s Unified Fabric Architecture is a proven business enabler with the potential to unify data center network infrastructure, compute, storage and management. In this half-day seminar, you will gain the perspective to visualize a unified and virtualized data center architecture that enables the delivery of essential IT services to your customer base. You will learn the components of a Cisco Unified Fabric and the benefits of private, public and hybrid cloud infrastructures, as well as explore the pros and cons of each approach. Upon completion of this important seminar, you will be able to discuss the benefits and value of a Cisco Unified Fabric as well as understand the essential information required to make those critical business decisions regarding the evolution of enterprise Data Centers..


Prior to attending, you should have a basic understanding of data center technologies and solutions.

Who should attend

The primary audience for this seminar is business decision makers and technical professionals who require an understanding of the benefits and value of implementing a Cisco Unified Fabric in an enterprise environment.


In this comprehensive half-day seminar, you will learn to:

  • Understand the operational limitations, demands and challenges of today’s Data Centers
  • Desribe how Cisco FabricPath can help overcome limitations of legacy Data Center architectures
  • Understand how a shared virtualized infrastructure can minimize the scalability and management problems associated with traditional siloed architectures.
  • Explain Cisco’s Unified Data Center strategy
  • Describe how Cisco Unified Computing System reduces infrastructure costs, reduces operational costs and simplifies management and deployment of compute resources.
  • Describe how Cisco Unified Fabric solutions reduce network infrastructure and overcome the limitations of traditional architectures through the use of evolutionary design and innovative features within the Nexus and MDS range of switches.
  • Describe how Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure simplifies, optimizes and accelerates application deployment in next-generation data centers and cloud environments.
  • Describe the benefits of Cisco collaboration with storage partners NetApp and EMC to jointly develop FlexPod, VSPEX and vBlock converged infrastructures.
  • Explain the essential characteristics of Cloud Computing, describe the different cloud models and understand the business requirements of a cloud solution.
  • Describe Cisco’s cloud vision and understand how Cisco UCS Director can manage, automate and orchestrate compute, network and storage resources in a converged infrastructure.

1: Data Center Challenges

  • Data Center Operational Limitations
  • Data Center Economics
  • Data Center Demands
  • Business Application Complexity
  • Delivering IT as a Service

2: Data Center Architectures

  • Data Centers – A Business View
  • Data Centers – An IT View
  • Layer 2/3 Hierarchical Models
  • Spine-Leaf Environment
  • The Value of FabricPath Spine-Leaf Designs
  • IT Infrastructure Complexity
  • Problems with Siloed Architectures
  • Transition from Silos to Dynamic Data Centers
  • Evolving to Service-Centric Computing
  • Software Defined Networking

3: Cisco Unified Data Center

  • Infrastructure Capabilities Matter More Than Ever
  • Cisco Unified Data Center Strategy
  • Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure

4: Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Unified Fabric
  • Fabric Extender, Adapter-FEX and VM-FEX
  • Embedded System Management
  • Agile Server Provisioning and Operations
  • Rack Server Integration
  • Cisco UCS Mini
  • Cisco UCS B-Series and C-Series server portfolio
  • Intel Xeon Processor Families in Cisco UCS
  • Intel Machine-Check Architecture Recovery

5: Cisco Unified Fabric Solutions

  • Cisco MDS 9000 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 5500 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 6000 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 7000 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 3000 Series
  • Cisco Nexus 1000v Series
  • Cisco Nexus 9000 Series
  • Cisco Architectural Innovation

6: Unified Storage Solutions

  • Cisco and EMC
  • FlexPod Evolution

7: Unified Cloud Management

  • What is Cloud Computing?
  • Cloud Definition from NIST
  • The Requirements for Cloud Computing
  • Cisco’s Cloud Vision
  • Automated Self-Service Provisioning
  • Cisco UCS Director
  • Cisco Data Center Solutions


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