Compute Mentored Install – Cisco UCS X-Series

Compute Mentored Service – Cisco UCS X-Series

  • To maximise success for customers and partners, Cisco has introduced the mentor program to provide guidance and assistance for authorised Cisco UCS X-Series Customers and Partners.
  • UCS X-Series will represent a new skill set for most networking professionals. The program acts as a transition mechanism and pathway for skill growth of internal resources.
  • A mentored engagement for first-time UCS X-Series deployments is highly recommended by Cisco.
  • Housley is the only Cisco-approved mentor for APJ outside of Cisco Advanced Services.

Housley UCS X-Series Mentored services

  • Housley will interact with the customer/partner to support the deployment of Cisco UCS X-Series
  • The customer/partner will retain control of the project/engagement

Benefits

  • Delivery of first UCS X-Series solution to customers, with confidence and reduced risk
  • Early access to UCS X-Series experience and expertise
  • Shorter time to market for UCS X-Series capability and services
  • Fast-track time for staff up-skilling on critical path for project deployment
  • Reduced time to deploy – allowing resources to move on to other projects
  • Potential cost reduction due to lower problem-solving time
  • Build internal UCS X-Series knowledge through field experience

Partner Pre-Planning

The Channel Partner should ensure that all necessary equipment is racked, stacked, cabled, and powered-up prior to the kick-off. The customer should upgrade the network devices to the required software version. The customer should have the necessary Cisco HyperFlex and Cisco Intersight software licenses.

Service Deliverables

Discovery

  • Pre-Installation kickoff call
    • Participant introductions, roles and responsibilities
    • Preview Installation Checklist
    • Gather requirements, design discussions and planning
    • Present UCS X architecture, components and pre-requisites
    • Review availability of vCenter, Storage and other relevant
    infrastructure

Pre-requisite Validation

  • Provide and review Hardware Requirements and System Pre-requisites
    Design and planning session for site readiness and preparation
    • Review Installation Checklist
    • Confirm hardware and system pre-requisites
    • Networking requirements discussion and planning

Deployment

  • UCS X Series deployment
  • Create Server Profile Templates and Server Profiles in Intersight
  • Server OS Installation (up to 6 Nodes). Limited to ESXi Installation
  • Post Install tasks (as relevant)

Validation

  • Validate UCS X Domain
    • Servers are operational
    • Confirm Network Connectivity
    • Confirm Storage Reachability
    • Provisioning virtual servers (for ESXi Hosts)

Sample Migration

Migrate Workload from existing server environment
• Demonstrate migration of 3 sample (non-production) workloads from
existing system to UCSX
Separate Scope is available for the following
• Rebuild of UCS service profiles from current UCS domains

Knowledge Transfer

Cisco Intersight
• Intersight Product Overview and Features
• Create Dashboards using Widgets
• Cisco Connected TAC
• Best practices for monitoring devices
• Cisco Intersight Managed Mode
UCS X Overview
• UCS X Product overview
• Management and Operations

Wrap-up

Project closeout
• Cisco UCS X Install Brief
• Project Acceptance Form or written (email) approval

Next Steps: Call Housley for a detailed discussion on your UCS X-Series Deployment.