The CCNP Cloud certification is a lab based training and certification program that is targeted at Cloud engineers, Cloud Administrators, Cloud Designers, and Architects working in Data Centers. This program delivers the knowledge and skills necessary to design, provision, automate and manage Cloud and Infrastructure-as-a-Service deployments. Learn from the only company that has an end-to-end Cloud and Intercloud story.

Implementing and Troubleshooting the Cisco Cloud Infrastructure

1.0 Knowledge of Cloud Infrastructure

1 Demonstrate practical experience of both physical and virtual Data Centers

  • 1.1.a Validate physical connection to LAN, SAN
  • 1.1.b Management connection
  • 1.1.c Server ports to chassis
  • 1.1.d Virtual fiber channel
  • 1.1.e Domain Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)
  • 1.1.f Configuring UCS service profiles, vNICs& templates

2.0 Storage

2.1 Implement storage infrastructure

  • 2.1.a Block Storage
    • 2.1.a.1 Zoning
    • 2.1.a.2 Describe initiator and target relationship
    • 2.1.a.3 Boot targets
    • 2.1.a.4 Setup LUN/Volume on storage controller
  • 2.1.b File Storage
    • 2.1.b.1 Mount point vs. shares

2.2 Implement storage connectivity

  • 2.2.a Configure vHBA
  • 2.2.b Configure WWPN pool
  • 2.2.c Configure WWN Pool
  • 2.2.d Configure iSCSI pool
  • 2.2.e Configure VSAN group
  • 2.2.f Configure boot order/ boot policy
  • 2.2.g Configure local storage / disk policy (RAID)
  • 2.2.h Describe protected config

3.0 Network Tasks

3.1 Implement network infrastructure

  • 3.1.a Nexus 1000v / Distributed Virtual Switch (DVS)
  • 3.1.b Virtual switch

3.2 Implement network connectivity

  • 3.2.a vNICs
  • 3.2.b MAC pool
  • 3.2.c IP Management pool
  • 3.2.d UUID pool
  • 3.2.e Port-profiles / port groups
  • 3.2.f VLAN group, VXLAN

4.0 Compute

4.1 Implement Compute

  • 4.1.a Virtual
    • 4.1.a.1 Install Hypervisors
    • 4.1.a.2 Configure templates
    • 4.1.a.3 Configure resource pools
  • 4.1.b Physical
    • 4.1.b.1 Bare Metal
      • 4.1.b.1.1 OS image / template
      • 4.1.b.1.2 PXE boot
      • 4.1.b.1.3 Lights out management
  • 4.1.c UCSM
    • 4.1.c.1 Service profiles
    • 4.1.c.2 Boot policy

5.0 Troubleshooting knowledge of Infrastructure

5.1 Troubleshoot context of workflow or applications

  • 5.1.a Describe troubleshooting methodologies
  • 5.1.b Templates
  • 5.1.c Orchestration
  • 5.1.d Provisioning

5.2 Identify operational domains

  • 5.2.a Storage
  • 5.2.b Networking
  • 5.2.c Virtualization
  • 5.2.d Compute

Designing the Cisco Cloud

1.0 Translate Requirements into Automation Designs

1.1 Gather business requirements

  • 1.1.a Identify key business requirements for cloud/automation
  • 1.1.b Choose appropriate cloud implementation to meet business requirements

1.2 Describe automation as a foundation of cloud design

1.3 Design appropriate automation tasks to meet requirements

  • 1.3.a Design infrastructure container automation within UCS Director
  • 1.3.b Design catalog
  • 1.3.c Define infrastructure container
  • 1.3.d Design workflow and services

1.4 Design Prime Services Catalog store front for UCS Director

1.5 Design Application and Platform as a Service using Stack Designer

1.6 Select the appropriate solution to automate private or hybrid clouds

  • 1.6.a Cisco Enablement Platform
  • 1.6.b UCS Director
  • 1.6.c Cisco Intelligent Automation for Cloud (CIAC)

2.0 Design a Private Cloud Infrastructure

2.1 Compare and contrast the various private cloud integrated infrastructures

  • 2.1.a Flexpod
  • 2.1.b VBlock
  • 2.1.c Virtual System Specifications (VSPEX)

2.2 Given a set of requirements, determine when to use file or block storage

2.3 Select the methods of accessing storage

  • 2.3.a Determine connectivity types
  • 2.3.b Determine access rights

2.4 Determine the thin/thick provisioning methods for a given environment

2.5 Determine the appropriate methods of interconnecting private clouds

2.6 Determine when to use the appropriate solution to automate network services

3.0 Design a Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure

3.1 Compare and contrast the various public cloud architectures

3.2 Select the methodology to connect to public clouds

3.3 Select the appropriate solution to automate hybrid cloud provisioning

4.0 Design a Cloud Security Policy

4.1 Describe best practices for securing cloud infrastructure

4.2 Describe best practices for securing cloud services

4.3 Design a secure multi tenant environment

4.4 Design a security policy to protect a private cloud

4.5 Design a security policy to protect a hybrid cloud

5.0 Virtualization and Virtual Network Services for Private and Hybrid Clouds

5.1 Describe the advantages, disadvantages and features of different hypervisors

  • 5.1.a Resource scheduling
  • 5.1.b DR
  • 5.1.c HA

5.2 Describe the use of cloud automation tools to facilitate physical to virtual or virtual to virtual migrations

  • 5.2.a Workflows
    • 5.2.a.1 Cisco Enablement Platform
    • 5.2.a.2 UCS Director
    • 5.2.a.3 Virtual Application Container Services (VACS)
  • 5.2.b Compare benefits and limitation of Virtual Machines

5.3 Select the appropriate virtual network and security services to meet requirements

5.4 Describe context aware infrastructure and workflow identity

  • 5.4.a Methodologies
  • 5.4.b Components
  • 5.4.c Use cases

5.5 Describe workload mobility

  • 5.5.a Describe VM migration: move VMs from any hypervisor to any public cloud and back
  • 5.5.b Describe VM conversion
  • 5.5.c Describe use cases

5.6 Describe the ability to automate VM life cycle

  • 5.6.a Describe workflow creation using Intercloud Fabric Director and Prime Services Catalog

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