Exam ID HP0-D26
Exam type Proctored exam taken at dedicated testing center
Exam duration 2 hours 55 minutes
Exam length 70 questions
Passing score 65%
Delivery languages English
Related Certifications
  • HP ASE - Data Center and Cloud Architect V1 (inactive)
  • HP Master ASE - Data Center and Cloud Architect V1
  • HP ASE - Data Center and Cloud Architect V1 - upgrade from HP ASE – Converged Infrastructure Architect V1 and HP ASE - Cloud Architect V1 or 2 (inactive)
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Exam description

This exam tests your skills required to do the following:
1) identify, describe, position, demonstrate, and specify the correct solution based on identified customer needs.
2) perform a high-level ROI/TCO analysis and discuss a customer’s current IT infrastructure maturity level based on a provided CI-CM report.
3) explain how the HP BladeSystem solution forms a core element of the Converged Infrastructure and how the HP Virtual Connect reduces complexity, lowers costs, and increases virtualization in modern data centers.
4) demonstrate a broad understanding of purpose, function, market positioning, competition, and capabilities of data center solutions based on the HP Converged Infrastructure and Converged Cloud.

Who should take this exam?

Although anyone can take this exam, most successful candidates have at least 2 years of real world experience working with HP servers, storage, networking, and software products in enterprise environments, analyzing customer requirements, designing enterprise solutions, and have taken the recommended training. Successful candidates also prepare for the test in a variety of ways. This guide describes some of these ways and provides references to materials for further preparation.

Exam contents

This exam has 70 questions. Here are types of questions to expect:
  • Matching
  • Multiple choice (multiple responses)
  • Multiple choice (single response)
  • Drag-and-drop
  • Other

Tips for taking this exam

Rather than emphasize simple memorization, HP exams attempt to assess whether you have the knowledge and skills that an IT professional requires on the job. Therefore, many test items present a scenario, which outlines a particular environment or problem. Some test items might also include one or more exhibits.

Take the time to read the entire question and consider all of the options carefully before you answer. If the question indicates that it features an exhibit, study the exhibit and reread the question. Make sure to select the answer that correctly responds to the question that is asked — not simply an answer that includes some correct information. If the question asks for more than one answer, remember to select each correct answer. You will not receive partial credit for a partially correct answer.


This exam validates that you can successfully perform the following:

Fundamental Converged Infrastructure and Cloud architectures and technologies

  • Identify and describe functional components of a converged infrastructure and cloud
  • Describe, compare, and contrast the types of service models (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, XaaS)
  • Describe, compare, and contrast the types of delivery models
  • Identify and describe converged infrastructure and cloud enabling technologies and components
  • Explain business benefits/value and risks/costs associated with converged infrastructure and cloud implementations


HP Converged Infrastructure and Cloud products, solutions, and warranty/service offerings

  • Explain the HP Converged Cloud strategy
  • Describe and position the appropriate HP Converged Infrastructure hardware
  • Identify and describe the functionality of HP Converged Infrastructure software
  • Describe the functionality of HP CloudSystem software
  • Identify and position HP Security solutions (Tipping Point, ArcSight, Fortify, HP Security Services, etc.)
  • Describe business continuity and disaster recovery solutions related to HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud (Matrix OE Recovery Manager, Continuous Access, VC profile failover, 3PAR, IRF, etc.)
  • Identify and position HP Converged Systems (VirtualSystem, AppSystems, CloudSystem, HP OneView, upgrade paths, etc.)
  • Identify and position HP service and warranty offerings for Converged Infrastructure and cloud
  • Identify and use the appropriate HP proactive resources to meet the customer requirements
  • Describe HP Reference Architecture
  • Describe the HP strategy for CI and cloud management


Competitive positioning (recognizing opportunity)

  • Recognize initial and additional opportunities
  • Describe the HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud solution marketplaces
  • Illustrate how HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud solutions provide competitive advantage and add business value
  • Demonstrate business acumen (TCO, ROI, IRR, NPV, TCA, CapEx, OpEx, etc.)
  • Identify potential sale and upsale opportunities and refer the customer to the appropriate contact (consulting, services, product, etc.)


Solution planning and design

  • Discover and define the solution opportunity
  • Plan and design a solution
  • Size a solution
  • Review and validate a solution proposal
  • Prepare and deliver customer presentation


Solution implementation (install, configure, setup, customize, integrate)

  • Perform the pre-delivery tasks


Solution enhancement (performance-tune, optimize, upgrade)

  • Compare the existing solution design to the customer requirements and document differences
  • Upgrade or expand the solution


Solution management (administrative and operational tasks, POC - Architect)

  • Maintain the management infrastructure
  • Monitor and manage the Converged Infrastructure resources (physical and virtual)
  • Monitor and manage the Cloud supply layer
  • Monitor and manage the Cloud delivery/demand layer
  • Create, maintain, and perform backup and recovery processes, as applicable to Converged Infrastructure and Cloud

Sample questions

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