Designing Cisco Network Service Architecture


Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) is a five-day instructor-led course. The aim of the course is to enable students to perform the conceptual, intermediate, and detailed design of a network infrastructure that supports desired network solutions over intelligent network services, in order to achieve effective performance, scalability, and availability. By applying solid Cisco network solution models and recommended design practices, students can provide viable, stable enterprise internetworking solutions. The course presents concepts and examples that are necessary to design converged enterprise networks.

The course builds on the Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) course. Students will learn additional aspects of modular campus design, advanced addressing and routing designs, WAN service designs, enterprise data center, and security designs.

Course Objectives

  • introduce the Cisco Network Architectures for the Enterprise, and explain how it addresses enterprise network needs for performance, scalability, and availability
  • describe how the Cisco Network Architectures for the Enterprise influences the design of 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, high availability, security, QoS, and IP multicast
  • create conceptual, intermediate, and detailed VPN designs.

Target Audience

  • channel partner/reseller
  • customers
  • system engineers
  • account managers



Cisco CCNA certification

  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 1 (ICND1)
  • Interconnecting Cisco Network Devices Part 2 (ICND2)

Cisco CCDA certification

  • Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN)

In addition, Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH) level-of-knowledge, and Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE) level-of- knowledge prerequisite skills are strongly recommended before attending the ARCH course. This knowledge can be attained by attending following courses:

  • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
  • Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)


Course Outline

Module 1: Cisco Network Architectures for the Enterprise

  • Lesson 1: Review of Network Architectures for the Enterprise
  • Lesson 2: Reviewing the Cisco PPDIOO Approach

Module 2: Enterprise Campus Network Design

  • Lesson 1: Designing High Availability in the Enterprise Campus
  • Lesson 2: Layer 2 Design Recommendations
  • Lesson 3: Layer 3 Design Recommendations
  • Lesson 4: Designing the Layer 2-to-Layer 3 Boundary
  • Lesson 5: Describing Enterprise Network Virtualization Technologies
  • Lesson 6: Infrastructure Services Considerations

Module 3: Advanced Addressing and Routing Design

  • Lesson 1: Advanced Addressing Design
  • Lesson 2: Advanced Routing Design
  • Lesson 3: Scalable EIGRP Design
  • Lesson 4: Scalable OSPF Design
  • Lesson 5: Scalable BGP Design

Module 4: Advanced WAN Services Design Considerations

  • Lesson 1: Optical Technologies for WANs
  • Lesson 2: Using Metro Ethernet, VPLS, and MPLS VPN Technologies
  • Lesson 3: Advanced WAN Service Implementations

Module 5: Enterprise Data Center Design

  • Lesson 1: Core and Aggregation Layer Design
  • Lesson 2: Access Layer Design
  • Lesson 3: Scaling the Data Center Architecture
  • Lesson 4: Spanning-Tree Sizing and High Availability

Module 6: E-Commerce Module Design

  • Lesson 1: Common Component Designs for the E-Commerce Module
  • Lesson 2: Integrated E-Commerce Designs

Module 7: SAN Design Considerations

  • Lesson 1: Identifying SAN Components and Technologies
  • Lesson 2: SAN and SAN Extension Design
  • Lesson 3: Integrated Fabric Designs Using Cisco Nexus Technology

Module 8: Security Services Design

  • Lesson 1: Firewall Design Considerations
  • Lesson 2: Network Admission Control Design
  • Lesson 3: Intrusion Detection and Prevention Designs

Module 9: IPsec and SSL VPN Design

  • Lesson 1: Remote-Access VPN Design
  • Lesson 2: Site-to-Site VPN Design
  • Lesson 3: IPsec VPN Technologies
  • Lesson 4: VPN Management and Scaling

Module 10: IP Multicast Design

  • Lesson 1: IP Multicast Overview
  • Lesson 2: PIM and RP Considerations
  • Lesson 3: IP Multicast Security

Module 11: Network Management Capabilities with Cisco IOS Software

  • Lesson 1: Embedded Management Capabilities
  • Lesson 2: NetFlow Considerations
  • Lesson 3: NBAR Considerations
  • Lesson 4: IP SLA Considerations

On-Site Training

If you need training for three or more people, ask us about training at your site. You can enjoy the convenience of reduced travel cost and time, as well as a familiar environment for your staff. Additionally, we can customise the course for your business needs.

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