Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND)

Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals is designed for Cloud Operations Engineers, Cloud Technical Administrators, Cloud Infrastructure Architects and Cisco Integrators and Partners who provide operations and support of Cisco Cloud Products and Solutions. This course provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills required to perform foundational tasks related to Cloud computing and to help students prepare for the CCNA Cloud certification, an associate level certification specialising in Cloud technologies.

This course is worth 30 Credits in the Continuing Education Program


After completing this course you should be able to:

  • 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

Target Audience

Engineers who plan, design, implement and support cloud deployments, as well as those looking to develop a career in cloud or enhance their current Data Center skills.   


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites:

  • Understanding of networking, computing and storage fundamentals - CCNA R/S or CCNA DC recommended

Testing and Certification

Recommended preparation for the following exam(s): 210-451 - CLDFND

This is one of two exams required for the Cisco Certified Network Associate Certification for Cloud,

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Course Content

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
  • Define and Analyze Cisco Virtual Networking Service Appliances
  • Define and Analyze 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 B-Series Product Family
  • Explaining Cisco UCS Blade Provisioning
  • Defining Server Virtualization

Cloud Automation and Reference Architectures

  • Exploring Reference Architecture for Converged Infrastructure
  • Describing Cloud Automation, Provisioning, and Management Platforms


  • Lab 1: Examine Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director
  • Lab 2: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Lab 3: Review Cisco UCS Series Configuration
  • Lab 4: Deploy VMware ESXi Server on Cisco UCS Series Servers
  • Lab 5: Examine the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
  • Lab 6: Deploy Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
  • Lab 7: Deploy Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall