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SoftLayer Fundamentals

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.

Course Details

Course Objectives

This course is designed to teach you how to:

  • Describe basic SoftLayer information, such as company structure, client billing, and data center locations and services offered at each location
  • Learn how to navigate the SoftLayer customer portal
  • Recognize cloud terminology and architectural concepts as the terms and concepts relate to SoftLayer
  • Explain security and compliance, including data privacy
  • Differentiate the SoftLayer storage options
  • Discern the multiple network options and performance implications
  • Describe how to use Managed Servicers in a product environment
  • Compare SoftLayer to international, national, and regional competitors

Intended Audience

  • For individuals interested in becoming SoftLayer business partners and evaluate the SoftLayer’s IaaS capabilities in more detail.
  • Individuals responsible for evaluating the technical benefits of using third party cloud hosting services such as SoftLayer for IaaS
  • IT solution and software architects who want to assess the fit of SoftLayer’s IaaS technologies and how they align with their business requirements
  • Application developers who want to understand the SoftLayer’s IaaS capabilities and how to leverage them into their applications
  • Network managers who want to understand IaaS connectivity and performance considerations to manage the computer networks across their business
  • Security managers who want to learn how to design IaaS solutions that protect underlying information using cloud services
  • Storage managers who need to assess IaaS options to manage the storage architecture strategy

Prerequisites

Before taking this course students should have a familiarity with:

  • Hardware used with cloud computing
  • Load balancing
  • Internet and Web-hosting fundamentals
  • Cloud computing
  • SoftLayer overview

Delivery Method

This course will be delivered through a mix of:

  • Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
  • Hands-on Labs

Duration

  • 2 days

Course Outline

Day 1

  • Lesson 1 – Changing the Landscape Without Changing the Definition
  • Lesson 2 – Defining SoftLayer Cloud Architecture
  • Lesson 3 – Connecting to the Cloud – SoftLayer network options, Part 1
  • Lesson 4 – Connecting to the Cloud – SoftLayer network options, Part 2

Day 2

  • Lesson 5 – Keep safe – securing your SoftLayer virtual instances
  • Lesson 6 – Storing Your Data
  • Lesson 7 – Understanding SoftLayer Managed Services
  • Lesson 8 – Monitoring and Management
  • Lesson 9 – Leveraging the SoftLayer Differentiators
  • Wrap up and Next Steps

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SoftLayer Solution Design

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).

Course Details

Description

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.

Course Objectives

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

Intended Audience

Solution architects responsible for designing cloud infrastructures

Prerequisites

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

Delivery Method

This course will be delivered through a mix of:

  • Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
  • Hands-on Labs

Duration

  • 3 days

Course Outline

Day 1

Guided Workshop

  • 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.

Day 2

Assisted Workshop

  • 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:
    • Compute
    • Storage
    • Networking
    • Scalability
    • Security
    • High availability
    • Disaster recovery
    • Multi-site needs

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.

Day 3

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
    • Compute
    • Storage
    • Networking
    • Scalability
    • Security
    • High availability
    • Disaster recovery
    • Multi-site needs
  • 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.

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SoftLayer Network Implementation

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.

Course Details

Course Objectives

This course is designed to teach you how to:

  • 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

Intended Audience

  • 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

Prerequisites

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)

Delivery Method

This course will be delivered through a mix of:

  • Instructor-Led Training (ILT)
  • Hands-on Labs

Course Outline

  1. Introduction and Review
    • Network fundamentals
    • SoftLayer data center scalability
  2. Perimeter firewalls
    • Fortinet FortiGate Security Appliance (FSA) overview
    • FSA firewall rules
  3. Secondary Internet Protocol (IP)
    • IP addressing
    • Virtual networking
  4. Routing and Network Security
    • Introduction to Brocade vRouter (Vyatta)
    • Enabling intra/inter-pod routing
    • Security zones and firewalling
    • Enabling network address translation (NAT) on Brocade vRouter
    • Virtual private network (VPN) technologies
  5. Load balancing and Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Offloading
    • Local versus global load balancing
    • Introducing Citrix NetScaler
    • Local load balancing with Citrix NetScaler
    • Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Offload
    • Global load balancing with Citrix NetScaler
    • FSA site-to-site virtual private network (VPN)
    • FSA vs. Brocade comparison

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Cloud: Dream it. Build it.

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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