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Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND)

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About this Course

Cisco CLDFND is all about the fundamentals. For cloud engineers, admins and architects, a firm knowledge of Cisco’s Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND) is imperative for networking, computing and storing valuable data. That’s where we come in.

This course builds upon a baseline knowledge of cloud technology – helping you to understand the basics of Cisco’s Cloud Infrastructure. You will also learn the basics of Cisco Cloud infrastructure such as the Unified Compute including Cisco UCS and server virtualization, Unified Fabric including Data Center network architecture and infrastructure virtualization, and Unified Storage including integrated infrastructure solutions.

Upon completion of this class, you will have a strong understanding of Cisco’s Cloud Fundamentals. This certification indicates an expert level knowledge of cloud storage, server virtualization and network architecture – all of which makes you significantly more valuable to your respective teams and accounts.

Who should attend

  • Cloud Engineers
  • Technical Administrators
  • Cloud Infrastructure Architects

Class Prerequisites

  • Understand network fundamentals—routing, switching, VLAN
  • Understand compute fundamentals—servers, operating systems
  • Understand storage fundamentals—basics of FC, FCoE, VSAN

What You Will Learn

Upon course completion, 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
  • Analyze 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

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Outline: Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND)

Module 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing

  • Cloud Computing Overview
  • Cisco Cloud Computing Evolution
  • Business Needs for Cloud Computing
  • Cloud Computing Characteristics
  • "As a service" models of cloud computing
    • Infrastructure
    • Platform
    • Software
    • Anything
  • Compare the different cloud deployment models
  • Describe the components of the Cisco Intercloud Fabric solution

Module 2: Cloud Networking

  • Cisco Data Center Network architecture and components
  • Traditional Isolated LAN and SAN Networks
  • Cisco Unified Fabric Fundamentals
  • Basic components of virtual networking
    • Traditional Network Access Layer
    • VM Network Access Layer
    • Standard vSwitch
    • Distributed Virtual Switches
  • Standard vSwitch Challenges
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Series components and benefits
  • Integration of Cisco Nexus 1000V Series
  • Cisco VSUM
  • Virtual Networking Service Appliances
  • Basic concepts of software defined networking
  • Basic concepts of the Cisco ACI Solution

Module 3: Cloud Storage

  • Block- and File-Based Storage Characteristics
  • SCSI protocol
  • Fibre channel protocol
  • FCoE protocol transporting options
  • iSCSI protocol overview
  • Network-Attached storage protocols
  • Thick and thin provisioning methods
  • Object storage principles
  • Fibre channel topologies and established communications
  • NAS topologies and established communications
  • Features of the Cisco MDS Fibre Channel switches

Module 4: Cloud Compute

  • Cisco UCS C-Series product family
  • Cisco UCS B-Series product family
  • Cisco UCS Manager provision blades
    • UCS Service Profiles
    • Service profile policies
    • Describing resource pools
    • Virtual LAN and SAN adapters
    • Service profile templates
    • Cisco UCS manager and central
  • Virtualization
    • Windows and Linux operating system functions
    • Traditional server deployments
    • Server virtualization
    • Hypervisor responsibilities
    • VMware vSphere suite
    • Microsoft Hyper-V virtualization
    • Citrix XenServer virtualization
    • KVM virtualization

Module 5: Cloud Automation and Reference Architectures

  • Components and benefits of reference architectures
  • FlexPod components and benefits
  • VCE components and benefits
  • VSPEX components and benefits
  • Hitachi data systems UCP select components and benefits
  • Differences between cloud automation and management platforms
    • Operations and Management Challenges
    • Automation and Management Solutions
    • Cisco UCS Director Infrastructure Management and Orchestration Features
    • Cisco IAC and Cisco PSC
    • OpenStack Cloud Infrastructure Solutions


  • Examine Cisco Intercloud Fabric Director
  • Validate VSAN and Zoning
  • Validate FLOGI and FCNS
  • Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
  • Review Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
  • Deploy VMware ESXi Server on Cisco UCS Blade
  • Connect ESXi Server to FC LUN on the Cisco UCS Invicta Storage
  • Deploy the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch with VSUM
  • Examine the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
  • Deploy Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
  • Deploy Cisco ASA 1000V Cloud Firewall
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