Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND)


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.


This course is the first course recommended as preparation for the CCNA Cloud certification.

For Cloud Engineers, Cloud Administrators, Cloud Operations / Support Engineers, Cloud Design Engineers, Cloud Infrastructure Architects, Virtualization Engineers job roles

Who are looking to build their career around Cloud jobs / roles
Who plan, design, implement and/or support Cloud deployments, and are looking to validate / showcase their skills

For Data Center Engineers

Who wish to add knowledge of Cloud to their DC skills

For Network Engineers

Who are looking to develop their careers with Cloud knowledge and skills


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


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


Introducing Cisco Cloud Administration (CLDADM)

  OUTLINE: Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (CLDFND)

Module 1: Introduction to Cloud Computing

Introducing Cloud Computing Basic Concepts
Describing Cloud Service Models
Comparing Cloud Deployment Model
Exploring the Cisco Intercloud Solution

Module 2: 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

Module 3: Cloud Storage

Comparing Storage
Describing Fibre Channel Storage Networking Concepts
Exploring NAS Storage Basic Concepts
Identifying Cisco MDS and UCS Invicta Products

Module 4: Cloud Compute

Describing Cisco UCS C-Series Product Family
Identifying Cisco UCS B-Series Product Family
Explaining Cisco UCS Blade Provisioning
Defining Server Virtualization

Module 5: Cloud Automation and Reference Architectures

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


Lab 1: Examine Cisco Inter-Cloud Fabric Director
Lab 2: Validate VSAN and Zoning
Lab 3: Validate FLOGI and FCNS
Lab 4: Explore the Cisco UCS Manager GUI
Lab 5: Review Cisco UCS B-Series Configuration
Lab 6: Deploying VMware ESXi Server on Cisco UCS Blade
Lab 7: Connecting ESXi Server to FC LUN on the Cisco UCS Invicta Storage
Lab 8: Deploying the Cisco Nexus 1000V Switch with VSUM
Lab 9: Examine the Cisco Prime Network Services Controller
Lab 10: Deploying Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
Lab 11: Deploying Cisco ASA 1000V