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VSIFT – 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 is backed by Cisco Validated Designs to provide a faster delivery of applications, greater IT efficiency, and less risk. Our new 3-day training is designed for system and network engineers and administrators implementing and administering VersaStack solutions. The 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.


  • 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 Unified and Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • Describe future VersaStack innovations


VersaStack Overview

  • Describing Data Center Architecture
  • Describing VersaStack Benefits
  • Understanding VersaStack Cisco Validated Design
  • Identifying VersaStack Architecture Components
  • Describing VersaStack Installation Workflow
  • Describing VersaStack Configuration Guidelines

VersaStack Networking

  • Describing Cisco Nexus Data Center Product Portfolio
  • Describing Cisco Nexus 9300 Series Switches
  • Licensing Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches
  • Describing Cisco NX-OS Mode Versus ACI mode
  • Initializing the Cisco Nexus 9300 Switches
  • Configuring Layer 2 Switching Features
  • Describing the vPC Technology

VersaStack SAN

  • Describing Cisco MDS 9000 Series Switches Product Portfolio
  • Describing Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Licensing Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Initializing the Cisco MDS 9100 Fabric Switches
  • Configuring SAN Interfaces
  • Configuring VSANs
  • Configuring Distributed Device Aliases
  • Implementing Zoning

VersaStack Storage

  • Describing IBM Storwize Storage System Product Portfolio
  • Describing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Storage System
  • Describing IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Enclosures and RAID Arrays
  • Initializing the IBM Storwize V7000 Unified
  • Configuring IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Ports
  • Configuring IBM Storwize V7000 Unified Block Access
  • Configuring IBM Storwize V7000 Unified File Access

VersaStack Compute

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

VersaStack Virtualization

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

Future VersaStack Innovations

  • Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) Overview
  • Intercloud Fabric (ICF) Overview


  • 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 Configuration 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

Target Audience

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


  • General knowledge of networking technologies
  • CCNP Data Center or equivalent Cisco UCS and Nexus knowledge
  • Basic understanding of storage operations
  • Basic knowledge of server and server virtualization technologies such as VMware ESXi