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NGT51: IBM PureFlex Networking Implementation

DURATION: 3 days

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PureFlex Systems are fully integrated systems with unified management of compute, storage, networking, and virtualization resources that utilize built-in Patterns of Expertise based on IBM’s decades of experience and thousands of client deployments. It is built on elements of the IBM Flex System. IBM Flex System includes compute, storage, systems management, and networking components. These components are pre-configured and pre-integrated.

IBM Flex System offers intelligent, integrated, and flexible network architecture that can fit with your existing or future environment. These high performance Ethernet offerings coupled with on-demand scalability offer an easy way to scale as IT requirements grow. IBM Flex System Fabric is:

– Integrated: Helps manage discrete aspects of the data center as an integrated system through the built-in management appliance.
– Optimized: High performance scalable offerings with available 1 Gb, 10 Gb, and 40 Gb uplinks allow easy integration with existing network. Simple and cost effective scalability for future growth.
– Automated: Automate provisioning and setup of both physical and virtual networks.

This course has been written to teach everything from the basics of IBM switch administration to the most advanced features of networking in the market today. You will not only learn the traditional physical networking concepts like layer 2 and layer 3 features but also work with virtual networks using features like VMready and Virtual Fabric. You will also learn high availability features to make your networking infrastructure redundant and more fault tolerant. The course will also cover the networking configurations seen in the three editions of the PureFlex System offerings: Express, Standard, and Enterprise.

Information on the following are new to this version:

– IBM Flex System x222 Compute Node
– IBM Flex System p260 Compute Node (POWER7+ SCM)
– IBM Flex System p270 Compute Node (POWER7+ DCM)
– IBM Flex System p460 Compute Node (POWER7+ SCM)
– IBM Flex System EN6132 2-port 40 Gb Ethernet Adapter
– IBM Flex System FC5052 2-port 16 Gb FC Adapter
– IBM Flex System FC5054 4-port 16 Gb FC Adapter
– IBM Flex System FC5172 2-port 16 Gb FC Adapter
– IBM Flex System FC5024D 4-port 16 Gb FC Adapter
– IBM Flex System IB6132D 2-port FDR InfiniBand AdapterIBM Flex System Fabric SI4093 System Interconnect Module
– IBM Flex System EN6131 40 Gb Ethernet Switch
– Concept of SPAR
– New PureFlex configurations
– UFP and its modes of operation
– Easy Connect overview
– IBM Flex System EN4023 10 Gb Scalable Switch
– IBM Flex System CN4022 2-port 10 Gb Converged Adapter
– IBM Flex System CN4054R 10 Gb Virtual Fabric Adapter
– IBM Flex System Interconnect Fabric – Why?, Benefits
– Concept of PODs
– Flexible port mapping
– UFP enhancements
– Private VLAN
– IBM Networking OS V7.8


Enrollment in this intermediate course is not restricted. Typical students may include those persons involved with the planning, installation, configuration and upgrade of the IBM Flex System Networking products. This may include:
• Customers
• IT Consultants
• Technical IBM personnel
• Business Partner technical personnel


You should have completed:
• IBM PureFlex System Fundamentals (NGT11G)(NGV11G)


• Summarize the I/O architecture of IBM PureFlex
• Select and integrate scalable switch elements for IBM PureFlex
• Select the right connectors and cabling for IBM Flex System networking components
• Demonstrate an ability to access and interact with the scalable switch elements and top of the rack switches in IBM PureFlex
• Select the right I/O adapters for specific IBM Flex System components
• Summarize the wiring scheme for different PureFlex configurations
• Summarize the key layer 2 and layer 3 features of IBM Flex System networking components
• Create redundant network topologies by implementing key high availability features using IBM Flex System networking components
• Design a virtual network infrastructure using IBM’s network virtualization solutions
• Design a virtual network infrastructure by implementing Virtual Fabric and IBM Unified Fabric Port


Day 1
• Welcome: Course administration and introduction
• Unit 1: Introduction to IBM PureFlex networking Unit 2: The Scalable Switch Elements
• Unit 3: Top of Rack switches
• Unit 4: Ethernet switch administration Exercise period 1

Day 2
• Unit 5: The IBM Flex System I/O adapters
• Unit 6: Default IBM PureFlex networking configurations Unit 7: Layer 2 features
• Unit 8: Layer 3 features
• Exercise period 2

Day 3
• Unit 9: High availability features Unit 10: Network virtualization Unit 11: Virtualization of NICs Unit 12: FC switch modules
• Exercise period 3