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Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND) v1.1 and v1.2

What you’ll learn in this course

The Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND) v1.1 and v1.2 course prepares you for the Cisco CCNA® Cloud certification and for associate-level cloud operations roles. This course covers the following foundational knowledge, skills, and technologies:

  • Cloud characteristics
  • Cloud deployment models such as Cisco® cloud infrastructure (i.e., unified computing, including Cisco UCS® and server virtualization)
  • Unified fabric, including data center network architecture and infrastructure virtualization
  • Unified storage, including integrated infrastructure solutions

IT practitioners who have Cisco CCNA Cloud training and certification are qualified for associate-level roles in enterprise-class cloud computing environments, with skills in the broad range of technologies and industry best practices needed for these in-demand roles.

Version 1.1 of this course is instructor-led, and version 1.2 is e-learning.

Course duration

  • Instructor-led training: 5 days in the classroom with hands-on lab practice
  • Virtual instructor-led training: 5 days of web-based classes with hands-on lab practice
  • E-learning: Equivalent of 5 days of instruction with hands-on lab practice, videos, and challenges

How you’ll benefit

This class will help you:

  • Gain job-role-based knowledge and skills through Cisco’s unique combination of theory, practical application, and hands-on practice
  • Succeed in today’s demanding associate-level cloud operations roles
  • Prepare to pass the Cisco CCNA Cloud certification exam

Who should enroll

  • Cloud engineers
  • Cloud administrators
  • Cloud operations engineers
  • Support engineers
  • Cloud design engineers
  • Cloud infrastructure architects
  • Virtualization engineers
  • Cisco integrators and partners

How to enroll

Technology areas

  • Cloud

Course details


After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe common cloud characteristics and service models
  • Compare cloud deployment models
  • Explain the function of the data center as a major resource for cloud services
  • Illustrate key features of Cisco UCS
  • Define server virtualization
  • Describe network architectures for the data center
  • Describe Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (Cisco ACI™)
  • Describe infrastructure virtualization
  • Define virtual application containers
  • Analyze storage provisioning concepts
  • Describe basic SAN and NAS storage concepts
  • Describe the differences between all the storage access technologies
  • Identify the various Cisco storage network devices
  • Describe various reference architectures for converged infrastructure


  • Understanding of network fundamentals, including routing, switching, and VLANs
  • Understanding of compute fundamentals, including servers and operating systems
  • Understanding of storage fundamentals, including the basics of Fibre Channel, Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), and VSANs


  • 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 Basic Concepts
    • Identifying Cisco MDS and Cisco UCS Invicta™ Products
  • Cloud Compute
    • Describing the Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
    • Identifying the Cisco UCS B-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
  • Lab outline

    • Examine Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director
    • Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
    • Review Cisco UCS Series Configuration
    • Deploy VMware ESXi Server on Cisco UCS Servers
    • Examine the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
    • Deploy Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
    • Deploy Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall