Virtualized Data Center and Cloud Infrastructure Planning and Design


5 days


Employees of federal, state and local governments; and businesses working with the government.


  • Three or more years of design experience in storage, operating systems, networking, business continuity, and disaster recovery
  • Recommended certifications:
    • EMC Information Storage and Management (EMCISA)
    • EMC Cloud Infrastructure and Services (EMCCIS)
    • VMware Certified Professional (VCP)
    • Cisco Certified Design Architect (CCDA)

Course Description:

Explore considerations for planning, designing, and migrating to Virtualized Data Centers (VDCs) and cloud environments.

In this course, you will cover in-depth the details and considerations for planning, designing, and migrating a traditional data center to Virtualized Data Centers (VDC) and cloud infrastructures. This course uses an open approach, focusing on core concepts, principles, and technologies rather than specific products. To provide context, the course content and certification include EMC and partner specific examples.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Differences between virtualization and cloud concepts and capabilities, including core VDC components and cloud elements
  • Perform an application inventory and analysis of the existing application environment
  • Strategies for migrating applications to a VDC
  • Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC) considerations that impact VDC or cloud planning and design
  • Evaluate compute, storage, and network virtualization technologies
  • Design a VDC infrastructure to meet established application, business, technology, and GRC requirements
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
  • Evaluate new management techniques to support services and IaaS

Who Needs to Attend

This course is intended for architects, designers, and consultants who are involved in the planning and design of VDC components, including applications, servers, storage, networks, and services.

Course Outline:

1. Virtualized Data Center and Cloud Introduction

2. Application Assessment and Migration Planning

  • Assessing Business Requirements and the Application Environment
  • Performing an Application Inventory Analysis
  • Virtualizing Server-Based Applications
  • Virtualizing Desktop and Client Applications
  • Developing a Migration Plan

3. Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)

  • Risk, Compliance, and Standards
  • Planning and Design

4. Designing a Virtual Compute Environment

  • Key Technology
  • Evaluating Hypervisor Options
  • Designing the Hypervisor Environment

5. Designing Virtualized Storage

  • Key Technology
  • Evaluating Storage Options
  • Designing the Storage Environment

6. Designing Networks in a VDC

  • Key Technology
  • Evaluating LAN and SAN Options
  • Designing the LAN and SAN Environment
  • Evaluating WAN Options
  • Designing the WAN Environment

7. Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

  • Services and Service Management
  • Business Transformation


In addition to lecture and demonstrations, you will work in small teams to analyze a case study and apply the techniques learned in the course modules. The labs will include collaborative discussion, work sessions, and debriefs.