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IBM C4040-252

Power Systems with POWER8 Enterprise Technical Sales Skills V1

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Power Systems Architecture and Product Family (33%)

  • Describe how the Power Systems Scale-out family can be used to satisfy the requirements of larger enterprises (e.g., multiple scale-out systems to compete with clusters of Intel x86 servers).
  • Describe the Power Systems E870 and E880 server features and functionality.
  • Describe the Power Systems S824L server features and functionality.
  • Recognize POWER8 compatibility to accept hardware and/or software from previous Power Systems installations.
  • Describe Reliability, Availability and Serviceability (RAS) features of the Power Systems product family, specifically those features that are exclusive to Enterprise-class models.
  • Identify Capacity on Demand features and benefits, including CUoD, and describe when each is appropriate.
  • Describe Enterprise Pools capabilities and benefits (e.g., mobile activations, master HMC).
  • Design expansion drawers, adapter cards, traditional disk, Solid State Drives (SSDs), and attached SAN and tape into a POWER8 solution.
  • Describe the benefits of POWER8 processor architecture, including SMT, L4 cache, balanced performance, clock speed, EnergyScale™, memory bandwidth, I/O bandwidth (PCIe Gen3), CAPI, etc. relative to prior Power Systems and competition.
  • Identify rack best practices for Enterprise servers (e.g., I/O drawer placement, spacing, and cabling implications, "deracking", horizontal PDUs, IBM manufacturing options, etc.).

Virtualization and Cloud (22%)

  • Recognize when to configure physical I/O, virtual I/O or a combination of both.
  • Match hardware connectivity (Fibre Channel, SAS, iSCSI) with the types of virtualization (NPIV, vSCSI).
  • Given a virtualization type, select the hardware connectivity solution.
  • Determine when shared storage pools are appropriate for an Enterprise scenario.
  • Integrate Live Partition Mobility as a factor in technology decisions.
  • Analyze the resource sharing capabilities of Power Systems, including processors, I/O and memory.
  • Given a client's availability requirements, design an appropriate solution (HA, CA, DR, RTO, RPO).
  • Given a business need and workload, design an appropriate virtualization solution (including when and when not to virtualize).
  • Differentiate capabilities of PowerVM, PowerKVM, and RHEV offerings.
  • Position competitive advantages of PowerVM, PowerKVM, and RHEV virtualization solutions (e.g., relative to Oracle, HP).
  • Design an appropriate virtualization system management solution (consider: HMC, PowerVC, Cloud Manager with OpenStack, RHEV-M).

Design Solution to Customer Requirements (36%)

  • Design HMC/FSP network connectivity. Include multiple HMCs and redundant FSPs. Include requirements for HMC with various environments (stand-alone and multiple systems). Include coexistence considerations (e.g., existing POWER6 and POWER7 systems).
  • Given customer requirements, design an appropriate HMC solution, including Enterprise Pools, remote restart, performance and capacity management, cloud tools, and secure networking.
  • Incorporate appropriate existing hardware in a new configuration (e.g., disk drive migration, etc.).
  • Discuss the options that are available for attaching SAS storage to Power Systems Enterprise servers.
  • Discuss the options that are available for Fibre Channel attached storage to Power Systems Enterprise servers.
  • Given a customer's requirements, describe the benefits of Integrated Facility for Linux.
  • Recognize that E870 and E880 can be designated as a CBU for IBM i.
  • Describe the role of the Technical and Delivery Assessment (TDA) and how it is used to meet customer requirements.
  • Identify terms and conditions when implementing CoD (Capacity on Demand) offerings (e.g., CUoD, Utility, Elastic, Mobile Activations, Trial, CBU).
  • Utilize knowledge of key IBM Systems cloud offerings for Power Systems to address customers' business imperatives.
  • Identify the IBM cloud solutions on Power Systems (e.g., Cloud Manager with OpenStack, Cloud Orchestrator, IBM Power Systems Solution Edition for Scale-out Cloud).
  • Identify key IBM analytics solutions on Power Systems (e.g., DB2 BLU on Power, IBM Solution for Hadoop - Power Systems Edition, IBM Data Engine for Analytics - Power Systems Edition, IBM Data Engine for NoSQL - Power Systems Edition, Elastic Storage 4.1 implemented with GPFS, Cognos, SPSS, InfoSphere Big Insights, InfoSphere Streams).
  • Identify the IBM mobile solutions on Power Systems (e.g., IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation (formerly IBM WorkLight), LAMP).
  • Identify IBM's heterogeneous computing solution offerings (e.g., CAPI, GPU, FPGA).
  • Identify technical advantages that POWER8 Enterprise servers provide for Linux workloads in terms of performance, price/performance, and workload consolidation.
  • Identify the processes that are possible to install and maintain hardware and software (e.g., firmware, FLRT, etc.).
  • Identify the benefits of PowerCare for Enterprise servers.

Competition (9%)

  • Identify the advantages of POWER8 processor technology vs x86.
  • Compare and contrast PowerVM, PowerKVM, and RHEV versus VMware and HyperV.
  • Compare and contrast PowerVM, PowerKVM, and RHEV versus Oracle and HP virtualization solutions.
  • Compare and contrast the value proposition of Power Systems solutions with competitive systems (e.g., x86, Dell, HP, Oracle, etc.).

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