The Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) v3.0 is a 5-day instructor-led course that introduces the learners to the design of internal routing, BGP routing, WAN, data center connectivity, security, QoS, transition to IPv6, and multicast.
The course reflects the latest developments in network design and technologies, including areas such as converged networks, data center/virtualization and collaboration for enterprise and commercial customers, using real-world scenarios to help reinforce the learning of key objectives.
The goal of the course is to teach learners to design networks that meet customer requirements, are secure, efficient, highly-available, and scalable.
The course is part of the Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) certification track.


Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:
  • Design enterprise connectivity and high availability
  • Design enterprise BGP connectivity
  • Design enterprise WAN connectivity
  • Design enterprise data center integration
  • Design security services in an enterprise network
  • Design QoS for optimized user experience
  • Design enterprise transition to IPv6
  • Design enterprise multicast network


The course contains these components:
  • Enterprise Connectivity and High-Availability
    • EIGRP Design Considerations
    • OSPF Design Considerations
    • IS-IS Design Considerations
    • Challenge Lab: Design Enterprise Connectivity
  • BGP Design
    • Designing IBGP Sessions
    • Designing BGP Communities
    • Load Sharing
    • Challenge Lab: Design Enterprise BGP Network with Internet Connectivity
  • Wide Area Networks Design
    • Service Provider Managed VPNs
    • Enterprise Managed VPNs
    • WAN Resiliency Design
    • Campus Edge and Connectivity to Partners
    • Challenge Lab: Design Resilient Enterprise WAN
    • SDN and APIC-EM
  • Enterprise Data Center Integration
    • Modular and Scalable Data Center Network
    • Multi-Tenant Data Center
    • Data Center Interconnections
    • Data Center Traffic Flows
    • Challenge Lab: Design Enterprise Data Center Connectivity
    • SDN and APIC-DC
  • Design Security Services
    • Security Services Overview
    • Designing Infrastructure Protection
    • Designing Firewall and IPS Solutions
    • Designing Network Access Control Solutions
    • Challenge Lab: Design Secure Enterprise Network
  • Design QoS for Optimized User Experience
    • QoS Overview
    • Recommended QoS Design Principles
    • Campus QoS Design
    • Data Center QoS Design
    • WAN QoS Design
    • MPLS VPN QoS Design
    • IPsec VPN QoS Design
    • Challenge Lab: Design QoS in Enterprise Network
  • Transition to IPv6
    • Deploying IPv6
    • Challenges with Transition to IPv6
    • Challenge Lab: Design Enterprise IPv6 Network
  • IP Multicast Design
    • Defining Multicast Distribution Trees and Forwarding
    • Introducing PIM-SM Protocol and PIM-SM Enhancements
    • Rendezvous Point Distribution Solutions
    • IP Multicast Security

Prerequisite Knowledge

The knowledge and skills that a learner should possess before attending this course are as follows:
  • Operate LANs with multiple switches, configure VLANs, trunking, spanning tree, DHCP, and port aggregation within a Campus network
  • Configure and troubleshoot IPv4 and IPv6 routing within an Enterprise network (static, EIGRP, multi- area OSPF, and RIPng)
  • Implement enterprise Internet connectivity (static routes and intermediate BGP)
  • Implement route redistribution using filtering mechanisms
  • Implement path control using policy based routing and IP SLA
  • Implement First Hop redundancy in IPv4 and IPv6 environments
  • Secure campus network according to recommended practices
  • Describe and apply network design methodologies
  • Describe and apply network design concepts of modularity and hierarchy
  • Design a resilient and scalable Campus network
  • Design a resilient and scalable connectivity between parts of Enterprise network
  • Design connectivity to the Internet and internal routing for your network
  • Integrate collaboration and wireless infrastructure into your core network
  • Create scalable IPv4 and IPv6 addressing
  • Knowledge that can be gained by attending the Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) v2.0 course
  • Knowledge that can be gained by attending the Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) v2.0 course
  • Knowledge that can be gained by attending the Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT) v2.0 course
  • Knowledge that can be gained by attending the Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v3.0 course

Associated certifications