CCNA Cloud – Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals Study Guide

By on 07/13/2015.


Cisco recently announced a new Cloud certification track that is focused on enabling ‘professionals to build private and hybrid cloud-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions’. With this being such a new track we are still light on details but what we do know is that there the will be both a CCNA and CCNP Cloud certification with each certification requiring multiple exams.

While we wait for more details to become available we can start by breaking down what we do know. In this case we will be taking a look at the exam topics for the Understanding Cisco Cloud Fundamentals (210-451) exam which will be the first of two exams required for the CCNA Cloud.

Note: Each of the links below will link to a deeper-dive article on each subject …

Section 1 : Cloud Characteristics and Models

1.1 – Describe common cloud characteristics

1.2 – Describe Cloud Service Models

Section 2 : Cloud Deployment

2.1 – Describe cloud deployment models

2.2 – Describe the Components of the Cisco Intercloud Solution

Section 3 : Basic Knowledge of Cloud Compute

3.1 – Identify key features of Cisco UCS

3.2 – Describe Server Virtualization

Section 4 : Basic Knowledge of Cloud Networking

4.1 – Describe network architectures for the data center

4.2 – Describe Infrastructure Virtualization

Section 5 : Basic Knowledge of Cloud Storage

5.1 – Describe storage provisioning concepts

5.2 – Describe the difference between all the storage access technologies

5.3 – Describe basic SAN storage concepts

5.4 – Describe basic NAS storage concepts

5.5 – Describe the various Cisco storage network devices

5.6  – Describe various integrated infrastructures

Drew Russell
As a member of the World Wide Technology (WWT) Professional Services Data Center team, Drew Russell has the opportunity to see first hand what is currently being discussed and deployed in the environments of some of the largest organizations in the country. When not traveling, you can often find Drew in WWTs Advanced Technology Center (ATC) vetting the latest product offerings from the OEMs.


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  • Jim Wulpern

    This great stuff but what i found is the questions on the test go deep down into specific detailed questions that require know allot more than the “fundamentals” it asks stuff people would only know if they work with this for a long time and know the nuances – i think the test was unfair based on the syllabus presented – some questions came from nowhere. I listened to Gustavs videos ($100) 5x over and failed. The book isn’t out until April 2016 and the online class is $500 and it looks like the same high level stuff here and the questions go much deeper int trivia. There doesn’t seem to be a centralized placed that covers all the trivia on the exam -its a crap shoot. Frustrated ! Any advise on how to capture the nitty gritty that Cisco thinks we should know for this exam? Please advise -Thanks!

  • Suraj Gupta

    Hi All,

    I am planning for Cisco Cloud Certification 210-451 CLDFND.

    Please help me to understand its market value and how i will get the reading material from internet.


    Suraj Gupta