Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Implementation and Administration Specialist Certification Info
The Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Implementation and Administration Specialist certification is intended for professionals that are working in storage and management fields. These include professional service consultants, systems and field engineers, channel partners who are involved in working with the FlexPod solution enablement. This designation can be gained by passing the 500-174 exam that checks their knowledge of the FlexPod solution and how to configure its components to deal with them in the real multi-hypervisor network.
Exam FlexPod Implementation and Administration v2.0 or 500-174 is the only requirement for earning the Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Implementation and Administration Specialist certification. The evaluation includes 5 topics.
The focus of the first tested topic is on Information Gathering for FlexPod Solutions. In this part, you should be able to describe the key components of the FlexPod. These elements include network, compute, and storage. At the same time, you should be competent in describing the components of the Cisco UCS, such as servers and Fabric Interconnects.
The second topic spins around the FlexPod Design. Here, the major emphasis will be placed on your skills to describe the elements utilized in FlexPod (FAS/AFF and E-Series), servers of the Cisco UCS (B-Series and C-Series) as well as network switches used in FlexPod.
The main focus in the third domain is placed on FlexPod Configuration. This section will measure your skills to set up and configure the components of FlexPod, the ways to initialize the Fabric Interconnect, and configure networks in a UCS solution. On that note, students should demonstrate their knowledge of network, compute, and storage, and skills to work with various UCS modes, internal wiring of the Cisco UCS, QoS, and configuration of port channels as well as UCS protocols. Another subtopics of this domain will check your skills to configure SAN boot and storage in a FlexPod solution, and a service profile. Also, your proficiency in configuring Cisco Nexus switches will be tested in this part.
The fourth topic centered on FlexPod Administration is built around the skills to administer FlexPod solutions, manage FlexPod apps, and setting up and upgrading the FlexPod solution. The key skills you need to develop in advance include the ability to enable and disable NetApp AutoSupport, add a block of IP addresses, work with storage system management, UCS Management, ONTAP operating system, and Hypervisor.
It should be mentioned that aspiring candidates should as well ensure they are familiar with the fifth topic, known as FlexPod Troubleshooting before taking this exam. It means that you comprehend the nuts and bolts of network issues, boot issues, and iSCSI IQN targets. In addition, this topic checks your skills to correct WWPN.
The Cisco and NetApp FlexPod Implementation and Administration Specialist certification is valid for 3 years, and remember that you need to recertify on time, it means before it expires.