The Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND) v 1.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces the learners to the 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 Cisco Certified Network Associate Cloud (CCNA) Cloud certification, an associate-level certification specializing in Cloud technologies. The course provides required knowledge for the Cisco 210-451 CLDFND exam.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Describe common cloud characteristics
  • List cloud service models
  • Compare cloud deployment models
  • Illustrate key features of Cisco UCS
  • Define server virtualization
  • Describe network architectures for the data center
  • 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 storage access technologies
  • Identify the various Cisco storage network devices
  • Describe various reference architectures for converged infrastructure


The course contains these components:
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing
    • Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
    • Describing Cloud Service Models
    • Comparing Cloud Deployment Models
    • Exploring the Cisco Intercloud Solution
    • Hardware Lab: Examine Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director
  • Cloud Networking
    • Describing Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
    • Exploring Virtual Networking
    • Identifying Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches
    • Define and Analyze Cisco Virtual Networking Service Appliances
    • Define and Analyze Software Defined Network Fundamentals
    • Describing the Cisco ACI Solution
  • Cloud Storage
    • Comparing Storage
    • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking Concepts
    • Exploring NAS Storage Basic Concepts
    • Identifying Cisco MDS and UCS Invicta Products
    • Hardware Lab: Validate VSAN and Zoning
    • Hardware Lab: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Cloud Compute
    • Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
    • Identifying Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
    • Explaining Cisco UCS Blade Provisioning
    • Defining Server Virtualization
    • Hardware Lab: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
    • Hardware Lab: Review Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
    • Hardware Lab: Deploying VMware ESXi Server on Cisco UCS Blade
    • Hardware Lab: Connecting ESXi Server to FC LUN on the Cisco UCS Invicta Storage
  • Cloud Automation and Reference Architectures
    • Exploring Reference Architecture for Converged Infrastructure
    • Describing Cloud Automation, Provisioning, and Management Platforms
    • Hardware Lab: Deploying the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch with VSUM
    • Hardware Lab: Examine the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
    • Hardware Lab: Deploying Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
    • Hardware Lab: Deploying Cisco ASA 1000V

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Understand network fundamentals (for example, routing, switching, and VLAN)
  • Understand compute fundamentals (for example, servers and operating systems)
  • Understand storage fundamentals (for example, basics of FC, FCoE, and VSAN)

Associated certifications