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Designing the Cisco Cloud

This course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills required to design cloud deployments using the Cisco Cloud portfolio. You will be able to translate requirements into automation designs and design a hybrid or private cloud deployment incorporating Security Best Practices. 

This is one of the four cloud specific courses required for the Cisco Certified Network Professionals for Cloud Certification.  


This course is worth 40 Credits in the Continuing Education Program

Target Audience

Cloud Architects and Cloud Infrastructure Architects responsible for the creation of cloud deployment designs and the deisgn of infrastructure and operations for cloud services using Cisco cloud products and solutions.


Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Translate the business requirements into Cisco Cloud automation designs
  • Define the appropriate Cisco Cloud solution, based on a broad range of products and technologies
  • Design for the self-service user portal
  • Design for the Application and Platform as a service
  • Design for a Private Cloud infrastructure, automation and security
  • Design for a Hybrid Cloud infrastructure, automation, and security
  • Design for Virtual Network Services for Private and Hybrid Clouds
  • Describe for the VM Lifecycle management


Attendees should meet the following prerequisites;

  • Ideally individuals will have Data Center experience, OS experience and experience with designing and deploying IT solutions
  • Attendance of CLDFND and CLDADM or equivalent experience is recommended

Course Content

Translating Requirements into Automation Designs

  • Describing Cloud and Automation
  • Gathering Business Requirements
  • Using Automation as a Foundation of Cloud Design
  • Choosing the Appropriate Solution to Automate Private or Hybrid Clouds
  • Designing Appropriate Automation Tasks to Meet Requirements
  • Designing Application and PaaS Using Stack Designer

Designing a Private Cloud Infrastructure

  • Comparing and Contrasting Private Cloud Integrated Infrastructures
  • Designing Cloud Storage
  • Determining Methods to Access Storage
  • Determining Storage Provisioning Methods for the Cloud Environment
  • Interconnecting Private Clouds
  • Determining Appropriate Solutions to Automate Network Services

Designing a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

  • Comparing and Contrasting Public Cloud Architectures
  • Automating Hybrid Cloud Provisioning
  • Connecting to Public Clouds

Securing the Cloud Infrastructure

  • Using Best Practices for Securing Cloud Infrastructure
  • Designing a Secure Multitenant Environment

Virtualization and Virtual Network Services for Private and Hybrid Clouds

  • Describing the Hypervisor Ecosystem
  • Designing Workload Mobility for Cloud
  • Designing VM Lifecycle for Cloud


  • Cloud Resource Guide

Labs and Exercises

  • Lab 1: Create a UCS Director Workflow for Baremetal Provisioning
  • Lab 2: Design and Create Cisco UCS Director Catalog Entries for Discovered VM Templates
  • Lab 3: Design Prime Service Catalog Storefront for UCS Director
  • Lab 4: Creating an Application Template in the Cisco Stack Designer
  • Lab 5: Provision VACS Container
  • Lab 6: Configure RBAC and LDAP Integration in Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 7:  Plan for ICF Cloud Requirements and Deployment
  • Lab 8: Design Hybrid Cloud Connectivity and Security
  • Lab 9: Design for VM Lifecycle and Cisco ICFD Integration in the Hybrid Cloud

Exams & Certification

Recommended as preparation for exam (exams not included):

  • 300-465 - Designing the Cisco Cloud

Follow on Courses

The following courses are recommended for further study:

  • CLDINF - Implementing and Troubleshooting the Cisco Cloud Infrastructure 
  • CLDAUT- Automating the Cisco Enterprise Cloud
  • CLDACI - Building the Cisco Cloud with Application Centric Infrastructure 
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