Exam ID HP0-D31
Exam type Proctored exam taken at dedicated testing center
Exam duration 1 hour 30 minutes
Exam length 65 questions
Passing score 66%
Delivery languages English
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You will need an HP Learner ID and a Pearson VUE login and password.

No online or hard copy reference material will be allowed at the testing site. This exam may contain beta test items for experimental purposes.
During the exam, you can make specific comments about the items (i.e. accuracy, appropriateness to audience, etc.). HP welcomes these comments as part of our continuous improvement process.

Exam description

This exam tests your skills to do the following:
1.Identify, describe, position, demonstrate, and specify the correct solution based on identified customer needs
2.Performe a high-level ROI/TCO analysis and discuss a customer’s current IT infrastructure maturity level based on a provided CI-CM report
3.Demonstrate a broad understanding of purpose, function, market positioning, competition, and capabilities of data center solutions based on the HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Helion cloud offerings
4. Recognize opportunities for cloud implementation in the marketplace.

Who should take this exam?

Any candidate who wants to acquire the HP ASE – Data Center and Cloud Architect V2 certification. By passing this exam, you meet one of the requirements of the HP ASE – Data Center and Cloud V2 certification.
Alternatively, you can take the HP0-D29 delta exam instead of the HP0-D31 (Designing HP Data Center and Cloud Solutions) and HP0-S32/S39 (HP BladeSystem Networking) exams. This may be an attractive option if you have not yet completed either exam. 

Exam contents

This exam has 65 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

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.

This exam assesses whether you have the knowledge and skills that a Data Center and Cloud Architect requires on the job. Therefore, many test items present a scenario, which outlines a particular environment or problem. You may also need to use exhibits to complete the test items successfully.

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

  • Describe and differentiate functional components of a converged infrastructure and cloud

  • Compare and contrast the types of delivery models

  • Differentiate converged infrastructure and cloud enabling technologies and components

  • Explain and position business benefits/value and risks/costs associated with converged infrastructure and cloud implementations


HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Helion cloud products, solutions, and warranty/service offerings

  • Explain the HP Helion cloud strategy

  • Describe and position the appropriate HP Converged Infrastructure hardware.

  • Describe and differentiate the functionality of HP Converged Infrastructure software.

  • Describe and differentiate the functionality of HP CloudSystem software

  • Position HP ConvergedSystems

  • Position HP service and warranty offerings for Converged Infrastructure and HP Helion

  • Identify and use the appropriate HP proactive resources to meet the customer requirements

  • Describe HP Reference Architecture

  • Describe the HP strategy for HP Converged Infrastructure and cloud management


Competitive positioning (recognizing opportunity)

  • Recognize initial and additional opportunities

  • Analyze 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

  • Identify potential sale and upsale opportunities and refer the customer to the appropriate contact


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

  • Perform the pre-delivery tasks

  • Implement the delivery tasks

  • Implement post-delivery tasks


Solution enhancement

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

  • Upgrade or expand the solution


Solution management

  • 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 HP Converged Infrastructure and HP Helion cloud

Sample questions

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