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Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals v1.1

Course Description


Understanding Cisco® Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND) Version 1.1 is a Cisco Training on Demand course. It provides you with the necessary knowledge and skills to perform foundational tasks related to cloud computing and prepares you for the 210-451 CLDFND exam, one of the two exams necessary to achieve CCNA® Cloud certification. You learn the characteristics and deployment models of a cloud network, including cloud-computing basic concepts. You also learn to describe and compare cloud service and deployment models, how to identify Cisco Nexus® 1000V Series Switches, and how to describe the Cisco Application-Centric Infrastructure (ACI). You compare storage options and learn about Fibre Channel storage networking concepts and network-attached storage (NAS) concepts. The course covers information about the Cisco MDS and Cisco Unified Computing SystemTM (Cisco UCS®) products, as well as cloud automation, provisioning, and management platforms.


This course is designed for cloud engineers, cloud administrators, and cloud infrastructure architects, and Cisco integrators and partners who perform operations in support of Cisco cloud products and solutions and for those preparing for the 210-451 exam.


The knowledge and skills recommended before attending this course are:
  • Understanding network fundamentals
  • Understanding cloud-computing fundamentals
  • Understanding storage fundamentals

Key topics

  • Section 1: Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
  • Section 2: Describing Cloud Service Models
  • Section 3: Comparing Cloud Deployment Models
  • Section 4: Exploring the Cisco Intercloud Solution
  • Section 5: Describing Cisco Data Center Network Architecture
  • Section 6: Exploring Virtual Networking
  • Section 7: Identifying Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches
  • Section 8: Defining and Analyzing Cisco Virtual Networking Service Appliances
  • Section 9: Defining and Analyzing Software-Defined Network Fundamentals
  • Section 10: Describing the Cisco ACI Solution
  • Section 11: Comparing Storage Options
  • Section 12: Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking Concepts
  • Section 13: Exploring NAS Storage Basic Concepts
  • Section 14: Identifying Cisco MDS and UCS Invicta Products
  • Section 15: Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
  • Section 16: Identifying Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
  • Section 17: Explaining Cisco UCS Blade Provisioning
  • Section 18: Defining Server Virtualization
  • Section 19: Exploring Reference Architectures for Converged Infrastructure
  • Section 20: Describing Cloud Automation, Provisioning, and Management Platforms
The labs included in this course are:
  • Discovery Lab 4.11: Examine Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director
  • Discovery Lab 12.10: Access the Cisco MDS and the Cisco Nexus 5K Switches
  • Discovery Lab 12.11: Examine the Interface Configuration
  • Discovery Lab 12.12: Examine the VSAN Configuration
  • Discovery Lab 12.13: Examine Zoning Configuration and Available Zoning Commands and Options
  • Discovery Lab 12.14: Examine the FLOGI and FCNS Databases
  • Discovery Lab 16.10: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Discovery Lab 16.11: Review Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Discovery Lab 17.9: Create a Service Profile from the Service Profile Template and Install ESXi on the Server
  • Discovery Lab 17.10: Add the ESXi Hosts to the vCenter Server
  • Discovery Lab 17.11: Examine Current Storage Configuration of the ESXi Hosts
  • Discovery Lab 17.12: Examine FLOGI and FCNS Databases of Fibre Channel Fabrics and the Preconfigured Zoning Policy


After the  completion of this course, you will be able to:
  • Describe common cloud characteristics and cloud service models
  • Compare cloud deployment models
  • Describe key features of Cisco UCS
  • Define server virtualization
  • Describe network architectures for the data center
  • Define Cisco ACI and infrastructure virtualization
  • Define virtual networking services and virtual application containers
  • Analyze storage-provisioning concepts
  • Describe basic storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) concepts
  • Compare the difference between all the storage access technologies
  • Describe various Cisco storage network devices
  • Describe various reference architectures for converged infrastructure

Course Duration

5 Days
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