Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND)

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About this Course

Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND) v 1.0 is a course that is designed for Cloud Operations Engineers, Cloud Technical Administrators, Cloud Infrastructure Architects, and Cisco Integrators and Partners who provide operation and support of Cisco Cloud Products and Solutions.

This course provides students with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes (KSA) to perform foundational tasks related to Cloud computing, and help students prepare for the CCNA Cloud certification, an associate level certification specializing in Cloud technologies.

Audience Profile

The primary target audience for the course is as follows:

  • Cloud Operations Engineers -operation and support of the Cisco Cloud Products and Solutions

The secondary target audience for the course is as follows:

  • Cloud Technical Administrators - implementation operation and support of Cisco Cloud Products and Solutions

At Course Completion

Upon completing this course, you will be able to meet these objectives:

  • Describe common cloud characteristics List cloud service models
  • Compare cloud deployment models Illustrate key features of UCS
  • Define server virtualization
  • Describe network architectures for the datacenter
  • Describe Cisco ACI
  • Describe Infrastructure Virtualization
  • Define virtual networking services
  • Define Virtual Application Containers
  • Analyze storage provisioning concepts
  • Describe basic SAN storage concepts
  • Define basic NAS storage concepts
  • Compare the difference between all the storage access technologies Identify the various Cisco storage network devices
  • Describe various reference architectures for converged infrastructure


  • Understand network fundamentals - for example, routing, switching, VLAN
  • Understand compute fundamentals - for example, servers, operating systems
  • Understand storage fundamentals - for example, basics of FC, FCoE, VSAN
  • Cloud Infrastructure Architects - design infrastructure and operations of Cloud Services using Cisco Cloud Products and Solutions

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing

  • Lesson 1: Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Describing Cloud Service ModelDescribing ’as a Service" Models of Cloud Computing
  • Lesson 3: Comparing Cloud Deployment Models
  • Lesson 4: Exploring the Cisco Intercloud Solution Describing Hybrid Cloud Challenges Describing the Cisco Intercloud Hybrid Cloud Solution

Module 2: Cloud Networking

  • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Exploring Virtual Networking
  • Lesson 3: Identifying Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches
  • Lesson 4: Define and Analyze Cisco Virtual Networking Service Appliances
  • Lesson 5: Define and Analyze Software Defined Network Fundamentals
  • Lesson 6: Describing the Cisco ACI Solution

Module 3: Cloud Storage

  • Lesson 1: Comparing Storage
  • Lesson 2: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking Concepts
  • Lesson 3: Exploring NAS Storage Basic Concepts Describing the Different NFS Features and Functions
  • Lesson 4: Identifying Cisco MDS and UCS Invicta Products

Module 4: Cloud Compute

  • Lesson 1: Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
  • Lesson 2: Identifying Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family Describing Cisco UCS B-Series Products
  • Lesson 3: Explaining Cisco UCS Blade Provisioning Explaining Cisco UCS Service Profiles
  • Lesson 4: Defining Server Virtualization Windows and Linux Operating System Functions

Module 5: Cloud Automation and Reference Architectures

  • Lesson 1: Exploring Reference Architecture for Converged Infrastructure
  • Lesson 2: Describing Cloud Automation, Provisioning, and Management Platforms


  • Hardware Lab 1: Examine Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director
  • Hardware Lab 2: Validate VSAN and Zoning
  • Hardware Lab 3: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Hardware Lab 4: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Hardware Lab 5: Review Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Hardware Lab 6: Deploying VMware ESXi Server on Cisco UCS Blade
  • Hardware Lab 7: Connecting ESXi Server to FC LUN on the Cisco UCS Invicta Storage
  • Hardware Lab 8: Deploying the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch wit Hardware VSUM
  • Hardware Lab 9: Examine the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
  • Hardware Lab 10: Deploying Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
  • Hardware Lab 11: Deploying Cisco ASA 1000V