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This two-day instructor-led training course introduces SoftLayer Infrastructure-as-a-Solution (laaS) solutions
through instruction and hands-on labs activities. Attendees will gain the basic fundamentals needed to become more
proficient in SoftLayer and make informed decisions about laaS solutions based on business requirements.
This three-day instructor-led technical training class includes hands-on workshops. Proof points from actual
implementations and workloads are used to help you make architecture choices to design an effective solution on
SoftLayer’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS).
Proof points from actual implementations are used to help you make architecture choices to design an effective
solution. For each workload, a structured design process will be followed, including:
Analyzing business drivers and workload requirements
Making architecture decisions and justifying the choices
Designing the infrastructure
Creating the detailed design
The workloads—application hosting with e-commerce and social collaboration—have been selected because of common
business application elements and workload characteristics that are pertinent across industries. Each workload
infrastructure is designed to give you an extensive overview of SoftLayer’s capabilities, which you can use when
designing your own IaaS solution.
The infrastructure designs are presented to the class to encourage facilitated discussion, which will help
reinforce understanding, approach, and application of architecture principles. You will be guided through an
initial workload on e-commerce, given assistance with a second workload on social collaboration, and apply what
you have learned to a third workload on big data and cost optimization.
This course is designed to teach you how to:
Apply SoftLayer capabilities in a structured process to meet workload characteristics
Weigh architecture design alternatives in order to meet business goals, including scalability, availability, and cost effectiveness
Justify the choices made and the benefits to be gained
Architect a design to meet your workload needs, based on the presented scenarios
Solution architects responsible for designing cloud infrastructures
Before taking this course students should have:
Attended SoftLayer Fundamentals instructor-led training, taken several SoftLayer-focused 1-hour webinars, or have equivalent working knowledge of the capabilities of SoftLayer IaaS
Working knowledge and familiarity with:
Cloud computing concepts
This course will be delivered through a mix of:
Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
Guided analysis of e-commerce needs using a client case study
Make the architecture choices: moving from an architecture to a component viewpoint
Identify key infrastructure requirements
Design the infrastructure
Create the detailed design
Applying the process: summarize the process, technologies selected, and lessons learned
Instructors will guide you through the e-commerce infrastructure design and decisions, including compute,
storage, network, security, and other choices. You will view the infrastructure design from its component
and functional levels to a logical diagram.
Assisted analysis of a social collaboration workload using a client case study
For each architecture decision:
Discuss the problem statement
Evaluate the possible alternatives
Justify the decision made
Determine the architectural decisions for:
Instructors will assist and consult with you on a social collaboration infrastructure design and decisions,
including compute, storage, network, security, and other choices. You will present your group’s findings to the
class, get feedback, and provide feedback to the findings of the other groups.
Apply What You Have Learned to a Third Workload
Analyze a big data and cost optimization workload using a client case study
For each architecture decision:
Discuss the problem statement
Evaluate possible component alternatives
Justify the decisions made
Determine the architectural decisions for
Present your group’s findings to the class, get feedback, and provide feedback to the findings of the other groups. Your work group will collaborate on a big data and cost optimization workload design, including compute, storage, network, security, and other choices. Your group’s findings will be presented to the class, get feedback, and provide feedback to the findings of the other groups.
This three-day, instructor-led course explores the network implementation of SoftLayer’s Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). You will be introduced to how to connect to the cloud to take advantage of SoftLayer’s capabilities. This approach will be offered through instructor-led instruction, active demonstrations, and use of hands-on labs. The course covers the specific features and tools related to ordering, configuration and deployment, as well as sharing techniques and best practices from hundreds of production environments.
Order, configure, deploy, and scale infrastructure to manage and tackle common network implementation issues.
Leverage Subject Matter Expert offered best practices, based on real client implementations and expert tips from production environments
Use the SoftLayer self-managed support structure and processes
Reach out to SoftLayer resources for information and help
More detailed objectives include:
Review design considerations for data center scalability
Evaluate perimeter firewall options and rules, considering the requirements based on a case study
After ordering a firewall from the customer portal, learn how to configure firewall objects and policies including Internet Protocol Security (IPsec), Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) rules
Differentiate between the types of secondary Internet Protocol (IP) addressing and compare secondary IP addressing, Virtual routing and forwarding (VRF), and Network Address Translation (NAT); distinguish between virtual networking from physical networking; and physical and virtual switches
Order IP addresses and assign secondary IP addresses
Support capacity growth by enabling intra-pod and inter-pod routing by configuring IP connectivity between virtual local area networks (VLANs) and between multiple PODs or data centers
Establish security zones and firewall rules to restrict traffic between VLANs and data centers using the Brocade vRouter 5400
Configure Network Address Translation (NAT) to allow custom IP ranges to access the SoftLayer shared network.
Reviewing the difference between source network address translation and destination network address translation (“Source NAT” and “Destination NAT”) and discussing where each are used
Explain and demonstrate how the VPN is configured on the FSA as well as the Vyatta. Comparing and contrasting the differences and similarities
Establish an Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) Virtual Private Network (VPN) between two data centers.
Configure local and global load balancing to provide performance required to meet unpredictable capacity demands using Citrix NetScaler
Local Load Balancing with NetScaler—review available choices for scaling, set-up, back-up and considerations with other data centers
Network administrators who need to understand the cloud connectivity considerations to manage networks
System administrators who need to manage the overall system connectivity and performance
Software developers, especially those in a developer operations (DevOps) role
Solution and software architects who need to understand how to implement the solutions designed for IaaS requirements
Before taking this course, we recommend you have the pre-requisite knowledge:
Attended the SoftLayer Fundamentals course
A background in network and systems administration
A strong knowledge of network design and implementation principles, especially Brocade and Citrix products
Experience with load balancing, Internet and web-hosting fundamentals
Good general knowledge of networking protocols (TCP/IP, HTTP)
This half-day, instructor-led training course explores real business cases of technical teams improving system performance and best practices for setting up the best cloud infrastructure for your business. You’ll also learn how to drive down cost, speed up time to market, and reduce risk.
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