The Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND) v1.1 is a 5-day instructor-led course that helps students prepare for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Cloud certification, an associate level certification specialising in Cloud technologies. This course is designed to provide students with the necessary knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA) to perform foundational tasks related to Cloud computing.


Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe common cloud characteristics
  • Describe and identify the cloud service models
  • Describe and Compare cloud deployment models
  • Identify cloud deployment decision factors
  • Identify and Illustrate key features of UCS
  • Define server virtualization
  • Describe network architectures for the data center
  • Identify infrastructure virtualization
  • Analyse and Identify storage provisioning concepts
  • Describe and Compare the difference between all the storage access technologies
  • Describe and Compare 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
  • Cloud Networking
    • Describing Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
    • Exploring Virtual Networking
    • Identifying Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches
    • Defining and Analyzing Cisco Virtual Networking Service Appliances
    • Defining and Analyzing Software-Defined Network Fundamentals
    • Describing the Cisco ACI Solution
  • Cloud Storage
    • Comparing Storage Options
    • Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking Concepts
    • Exploring NAS Storage Basic Concepts
    • Identifying Cisco MDS and UCS Invicta Products
  • Cloud Compute
    • Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
    • Identifying Cisco UCS Series Product Family
    • Explaining Cisco UCS Provisioning
    • Defining Server Virtualization
  • Cloud Automation and Reference Architectures
    • Exploring Reference Architectures for Converged Infrastructure
    • Describing Cloud Automation, Provisioning, and Management Platforms
  • Guided Lab Details:
    • Examine Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director
    • Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
    • Review Cisco UCS Series Configuration
    • Deploy VMware ESXi Server on Cisco UCS Series Servers
    • Examine the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
    • Deploy Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
    • Deploy Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall

Prerequisite Knowledge

It is recommended, but not required, to have the following skills and knowledge before attending this course:
  • Understand network fundamentals—routing, switching, VLAN
  • Understand compute fundamentals—servers, operating systems
  • Understand storage fundamentals—basics of FC, FCoE, VSAN

Associated certifications