Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures v2.0

The Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) course enables learners to perform the conceptual, intermediate, and detailed design of a network infrastructure that supports desired network solutions over intelligent network services, to achieve effective performance, scalability, and availability. ARCH enables learners, applying solid Cisco network solution models and recommended design practices, to provide viable, stable enterprise internetworking solutions. The course presents concepts and examples necessary to design converged enterprise networks. Advanced network infrastructure technologies, such as Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and wireless communications, are also covered.


Upon finishing this course, you will be able to:
Discuss the Cisco Service Oriented Network Architecture (SONA) framework, and explain how it addresses enterprise network needs for performance, scalability, and availability

  • Describe how the Cisco Enterprise Network model is used in the SONA framework for designing enterprise networks
  • Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed enterprise campus network, and enterprise edge and remote infrastructure designs that offer effective functionality, performance, scalability, and availability
  • Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed intelligent network service designs for network management, security, and IP multicast
  • Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed virtual private network designs
  • Create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed voice over wireless network designs


The course is mandatory for students involved in complex network designs.


The target audience consists of individuals seeking the Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification and those individuals targeting towards the CCDE (Cisco Certified Design Expert) certification. The course is also targeted at pre-sales and post-sales network engineers involved in network design, planning and implementation. The target audience also includes network administrators and designers responsible for designing and implementing Enterprise networks.

Prerequisite Knowledge

Before taking the ARCH course, learners should be familiar with internetworking technologies, Cisco products, and Cisco IOS Software feature, specifically: VLSM, NAT, route summarization, OSPF, EIGRP, BGP, route redistribution, multilayer campus network technologies and protocols, IP multicast, network admission control, WAN, Voice and Wireless technologies and hardware / software solutions, QoS and security solutions. To gain the prerequisite skills and knowledge, learners must have the CCNA, CCDA, BCMSN, and BCSI certifications.
Learners should complete the following courses or must have equivalent experience: ISCW and ONT. The following courses are recommended:CVOICE and BGP.

Course Outline

Course Introduction
Module 1: Cisco SONA and the Cisco Enterprise Architectures

  • Review of SONA and the Cisco Enterprise Architectures
  • Review of the Cisco PPDIOO Approach

Module 2: Enterprise Campus Network Design

  • High Availability in the Enterprise Campus
  • Layer 2 Design Recommendations
  • Layer 3 Design Recommendations
  • Layer 2 to Layer 3 Boundary Design
  • Infrastructure Services Consideration
  • Case Study 1

Module 3: Advanced Addressing and Routing Design

  • Advanced Addressing Design
  • Advanced Routing Design
  • Scalable EIGRP Design
  • Scalable OSPF Design
  • Scalable BGP Design
  • Case Study 2

Module 4: Advanced WAN Services Design Considerations

  • Optical Technologies for WANs
  • Metro Ethernet, VPLS, and MPLS VPN Technologies
  • Advanced WAN Service Implementations

Module 5: Data Center Design Considerations

  • Core and Aggregation Layer Design
  • Access Layer Design
  • Case Study 3
  • Scaling the Data Center Architecture
  • Spanning Tree and High Availability

Module 6: Storage Area Network Design Considerations

  • SAN Components and Technologies
  • SAN and SAN Extension Design
  • Case Study 4

Module 7: E-Commerce Module Design

  • High Availability for E-Commerce
  • Common Component Designs for the E-Commerce Module
  • Integrated E-Commerce Design
  • Tuning for E-Commerce
  • Case Study 5

Module 8: Security Services Design

  • Firewall Design Considerations
  • Network Admission Control Design
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention Designs

Module 9: IPsec and SSL VPN Design

  • Remote Access VPN Design
  • Site-to-Site VPN Design
  • IPsec VPN Technologies
  • VPN Management and Scaling
  • Case Study 6

Module 10: IP Multicast Design

  • IP Multicast Review
  • PIM and RP Considerations
  • IP Multicast Security
  • Case Study 7

Module 11: Enterprise Voice over Wireless Networks Design Considerations

  • VoWLAN in the Enterprise
  • VoWLAN Coverage and RF Survey
  • VoWLAN Infrastructure Considerations

Module 12: Network Management Capabilities with Cisco IOS Software

  • Embedded Management Capabilities
  • NetFlow Considerations
  • NBAR Considerations
  • IP SLA Considerations
  • Case Study 8

The Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures course is offered as 5-day course.