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CCNA Cloud I: Exam 210-451

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5 Days

Due to the pace and duration of this course, ideal candidates operate in medium to large computing environment:

  • They have a minimum of one-year experience working in a LAN/WAN environment.
  • They have passed the Network+ course and certification exam and/or possess this knowledge.
Participants in this course will help develop the skills to provide entry-level provisioning and support of Cisco cloud and inter-cloud solutions. The CCNA Cloud certification is a job role focused certification and training program that helps Cloud engineers, Cloud Administrators, and Network Engineers to develop, advance, and validate their cloud skill set, and enables them to help their IT organization meet changing business demands from technology transitions. With a CCNA Cloud certification, you will obtain the skills to perform entry-level provisioning and support of Cisco cloud solutions.
This course is designed for all IT personnel who meet the prerequisites.

In this course, participants will:

  • Define Cloud Computing and the Data Center
  • Comprehend Common Cloud Characteristics such as On-Demand Self-Service and Multi-tenancy
  • Classify Clouds into service models and deployment modules
  • Understand Cloud Shapes: Service Models
  • Explain Service Providers and Information Technology
  • Describe Infrastructure as a Service, Platform as a Service, and Software as a Service
  • Understand Cloud Heights: Deployment Model
  • Differential between Public Clouds, Private Clouds, Community Clouds, and Hybrid Clouds
  • Understand Cisco Intercloud and Cisco Intercloud Fabric
  • Comprehend what occurs behind the curtain
  • Define Server Virtualization with VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Linux Virtual Machine
  • Understand Server Virtualization such as High Availability, Live Migration, and Load Balancing
  • Define Server Virtualization (Self-Service on Demand, Resource Pooling, and Elasticity)
  • Appreciate Infrastructure Virtualization, Virtual Machines and Networking
  • An Abstraction for Virtual Machine Traffic Management
  • Describe the Virtual Switch, Distributed Virtual Switch, and Virtual Networking on Hypervisors
  • Understand Networking Challenges in Server Virtualization Environments
  • Define Cisco Nexus 1000V, Virtual eXtensible LAN (VXLAN) and VXLAN Gateways
  • Virtual Networking Services and Application Containers
  • Explain Block Storage Technologies and Understand File Storage Technologies
  • Network Architectures for the Data Center: Unified FabricNetwork Architectures for the Data Center: SDN and ACI
  • Understand Unified Computing
  • Understand Cisco Cloud Infrastructure Portfolio and Integrated Infrastructure

Part I Cloud Concepts
Module 1: What Is Cloud Computing?

Welcome to the Cloud Hype and Historical Steps toward Cloud Computing
The Many Definitions of Cloud Computing and the Data Center
Common Cloud Characteristics

  • On-Demand Self-Service
  • Rapid Elasticity
  • Resource Pooling
  • Measured Service
  • Broad Network Access
  • Multi-tenancy

Classifying Clouds

Module 2: Cloud Shapes: Service Models
Service Providers and Information Technology

  • Service-Level Agreement
  • Cloud Providers

Infrastructure as a Service (Regions and Availability Zones)
Platform as a Service
Software as a Service

Part II Cloud Deployments
Module 3: Cloud Heights: Deployment Model

Public Clouds
Risks and Challenges (Security, Control, and Cost)
Private Clouds
Community Clouds
Hybrid Clouds
Cisco Intercloud
Cisco Intercloud Fabric

  • Intercloud Fabric Architecture
  • Intercloud Fabric Services
  • Intercloud Fabric Use Cases

Module 4: Behind the Curtain
Cloud Computing Architecture

  • Cloud Portal
  • Cloud Orchestrator
  • Cloud Meter

Cloud Infrastructure: Journey to the Cloud

  • Consolidation
  • Virtualization
  • Standardization
  • Automation
  • Orchestration

Application Programming Interfaces

  • CLI vs API
  • RESTful APIs

Part III Server Virtualization for Cloud
Module 5: Server Virtualization

Introduction to Servers and Operating Systems (What Is a Server? Server Operating Systems)
Server Virtualization History (Mainframe Virtualization and Virtualization on x86)
Server Virtualization Definitions (Hypervisor Types, Virtual Machines, and Virtual Machine Manager)
Hypervisor Architectures

  • VMware vSphere
  • Microsoft Hyper-V
  • Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine
  • Multi-Hypervisor Environments

Server Virtualization Features

  • Virtual Machine High Availability
  • Virtual Machine Live Migration
  • Resource Load Balancing
  • Virtual Machine Fault Tolerance
  • Other Interesting Features

Cloud Computing and Server Virtualization (Self-Service on Demand, Resource Pooling, and Elasticity)

Module 6: Infrastructure Virtualization
Virtual Machines and Networking

  • An Abstraction for Virtual Machine Traffic Management
  • The Virtual Switch
  • Distributed Virtual Switch
  • Virtual Networking on Other Hypervisors
  • Networking Challenges in Server Virtualization Environments

Cisco Nexus 1000V

  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Advanced Features
  • Cisco Nexus 1000V: A Multi-Hypervisor Platform

Virtual eXtensible LAN

  • VXLAN in Action
  • How Does VXLAN Solve VLAN Challenges?
  • Standard VXLAN Deployment in Cisco Nexus 1000V
  • VXLAN Gateways

Module 7: Virtual Networking Services and Application Containers
Virtual Networking Services

  • Service Insertion in Physical Networks
  • Virtual Services Data Path
  • Cisco Virtual Security Gateway
  • Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance
  • Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V
  • Citrix NetScaler 1000V
  • Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services
  • vPath Service Chains

Virtual Application Containers

Part IV Cloud Storage
Module 8: Block Storage Technologies

What Is Data Storage, Hard Disk Drives, RAID Levels, and Disk Controllers and Disk Arrays
Accessing Blocks

  • Advanced Technology Attachment
  • Small Computer Systems Interface

Fibre Channel Basics

  • Fibre Channel Topologies
  • Fibre Channel Addresses
  • Fibre Channel Flow Control
  • Fibre Channel Processes
  • Fabric Shortest Path First
  • Fibre Channel Logins
  • Zoning

SAN Designs
Virtual SANs

  • VSAN Definitions
  • VSAN Trunking
  • Zoning and VSANs
  • VSAN Use Cases

Internet SCSI
Cloud Computing and SAN

  • Block Storage for Cloud Infrastructure
  • Block Storage as a Service

Module 9: File Storage Technologies
What Is a File? (File Locations and Main Differences between Block and File Technologies)
Building a File System

  • File Namespace
  • Linux File Naming Rules
  • Windows File Naming Rules
  • Volume Formatting
  • Extended Filesystems
  • FAT and NTFS
  • Permissions
  • Linux Permissions
  • NTFS Permissions

Accessing Remote Files

  • Network File System
  • Common NFS Client Operations
  • Common NFS NAS Operations
  • Server Message Block
  • Common SMB Client Operations
  • Common SMB NAS Operations
  • Other File Access Protocols

Cloud Computing and File Storage

  • File Storage for Cloud Infrastructure
  • File Hosting
  • OpenStack Manila

Part V Architectures for Cloud
Module 10: Network Architectures for the Data Center: Unified Fabric

Attributes of Data Center Networks and he Three-Tier Design
Device Virtualization (Why Use VDCs, Creating VDCs, and Allocating Resources to VDCs)
Virtual PortChannels (Link Aggregation, Creating vPCs, and adding vPCs to the Three-Tier Design)
Fabric Extenders (Top-of-Rack, End-of-Row, and Middle-of-Row Designs, Nexus 2000
Overlay Transport Virtualization (Layer 2 Extension Challenges, Configuring OTV, and OTV Site Designs)
I/O Consolidation

  • Data Center Bridging and Priority-based Flow Control
  • Enhanced Transmission Selection and Data Center Bridging Exchange
  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet and FCoE Definitions

Module 11: Network Architectures for the Data Center: SDN and ACI
Cloud Computing and Traditional Data Center Networks and Opposite of Software-Defined Networking
Network Programmability (NMS, Automated Networks, Programmable Networks
SDN Approaches (Plane Separation, OpenFlow Protocol, OpenDaylight, Software-based Virtual Overlays
Application Centric Infrastructure

  • Problems Not Addressed by SDN, ACI Architecture and ACI Policy Model
  • EPGs and Contracts and Cisco APIC, Fabric Management, Integration, Visibility
  • A Peek into ACI’s Data Plane and Integration with Virtual Machine Managers

Module 12: Unified Computing
Physical Servers in a Virtual World and Server Provisioning Challenges
Introducing the Cisco Unified Computing System

  • UCS Fabric Interconnects and UCS Manager
  • UCS B-Series, UCS C-Series, and UCS Virtual Interface Cards

UCS Server Identity (Building a Service Profile, Policies, Cloning, Pools, Templates)
UCS Central and Cloud Computing and UCS

Module 13: Cisco Cloud Infrastructure Portfolio
Cisco MDS 9000 Series Multilayer Directors and Fabric Switches
Cisco Nexus Data Center Switches

  • Cisco Nexus 1000V Series Switches and Cisco Nexus 1100 Cloud Services Platforms
  • Cisco Nexus 2000 Fabric Extenders and Cisco Nexus 3000, 5000, 7000, and 9000 Switches

Cisco Prime Data Center Network Manager
Cisco Unified Computing System

  • Cisco UCS 6200 and 6300 Series Fabric Interconnects
  • Cisco UCS 5100 Series Blade Server Chassis and Cisco UCS 2200 Series Fabric Extenders
  • Cisco UCS B-Series Blade Servers and Cisco UCS C-Series Rack Servers
  • Cisco UCS Invicta and Cisco UCS M-Series Modular Servers

Cisco Virtual Networking Services

  • Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance and Cisco Cloud Services Router 1000V
  • Citrix NetScaler 1000V, Cisco Virtual Wide-Area Application Services, Virtual Security Gateway

Module 14: Integrated Infrastructures
Modular Data Centers (Pool of Devices and Custom PODs vs. Integrated Infrastructures)
FlexPod, Vblock, VSPEX and UCS Integrated Infrastructure for Red Hat OpenStack

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