Cloud, Associate (JNCIA-Cloud)

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The Cloud track enables you to demonstrate competence with cloud networking architectures such as multiclouds, software-defined networking, SD-WAN, and other cloud technologies. JNCIA-Cloud, the associate-level certification in this track, is designed for networking professionals with introductory-level knowledge of Juniper Networks cloud-based networking architectures, theory, and best practices. The written exam verifies your understanding of cloud-based networking principles and technologies.

This track includes four certifications:

  • JNCIA-Cloud: Cloud, Associate. For details, see the sections below.
  • JNCIS-Cloud: Cloud, Specialist. For details, see JNCIS-Cloud.
  • JNCIP-Cloud: Cloud, Professional. For details, see JNCIP-Cloud.
  • JNCIE-Cloud: Cloud, Expert. For details, see JNCIE-Cloud.

Exam Preparation

We recommend the following resources to help you prepare for your exam. However, these resources aren't required, and using them doesn't guarantee you'll pass the exam.

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Additional Preparation

Exam Objectives

Here’s a high-level view of the skillset required to successfully complete the JNCIA-Cloud certification exam.



Cloud Fundamentals

Identify the concepts or functionality of various fundamental elements of cloud networking:

  • Deployment models (public, private, hybrid cloud)
  • Service models: Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service(PaaS)
  • Cloud native architectures
  • Cloud automation tools

Cloud Infrastructure: Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and SDN

Identify the concepts, benefits, or functionality of network function virtualization:

  • NFV architecture
  • NFV orchestration
  • Virtualized network functions (VNFs)

Identify the concepts, benefits, or functionality of SDN:

  • SDN architecture
  • SDN controller
  • SDN solutions

Network Virtualization

Identify concepts, operation, or functionality of network virtualization:

  • Virtual network types
  • Underlay and overlay networks
  • Encapsulation and tunneling (MPLSoGRE, MPLSoUDP, VXLAN, EVPN with VXLAN)

Cloud Virtualization

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of Linux virtualization:

  • Linux architecture
  • Hypervisor type (type 1 and 2)
  • Hypervisor operations and concepts
  • Kernal-based virtual machine (KVM), Quick Emulator (QEMU) concepts and operations
  • Creation of virtual machines

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of Linux containers:

  • Container versus virtual machine
  • Container components
  • Creation of containers using Docker

Cloud Orchestration with OpenStack

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of OpenStack:

  • Creation and management of virtual machines in OpenStack
  • Automation using HEAT templates in Yet Another Markup Language (YAML)
  • OpenStack UIs usage
  • OpenStack networking plugins
  • OpenStack Security Groups

Cloud Orchestration with Kubernetes

Identify the concepts, operation, or functionality of Kubernetes:

  • Creation and management of containers in Kubernetes
  • Kubernetes API Objects (Pods, ReplicaSets, Deployments, Services)
  • Kubernetes namespaces and Container Network Interface (CNI) plugins

Contrail® Networking™

Identify concepts, operation, or functionality of Contrail Networking:

  • Architecture
  • Orchestration integration
  • Multitenancy
  • Service chaining
  • Automation or security
  • Configuration

Exam Details

Exam questions are derived from the recommended training and the exam resources listed above. Pass/fail status is available immediately after taking the exam. The exam is only provided in English.

Exam Code


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Exam Length

90 minutes

Exam Type

65 multiple-choice questions

Software Versions

  • Contrail 22.1
  • OpenStack Wallaby
  • Kubernetes 1.21


Juniper certifications are valid for three years. For more information, see Recertification.