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642-874 ARCH

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures

Exam Number 642-874 Arch
Associated Certifications CCDP
Duration 75 minutes (50 - 60 questions)
Available Languages English, Japanese
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The 642-874 Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) exam is the exam associated with the CCDP certification. This exam tests a candidate's knowledge of the latest development in network design and technologies, including network infrastructure, intelligent network services and converged network solutions. Candidates can prepare for this exam by taking the ARCH Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures course.

The exam is closed book and no outside reference materials are allowed. The following topics are general guidelines for the content that is likely to be included on the practical exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam. In order to better reflect the contents of the exam and for clarity purposes, the following guidelines may change at any time without notice.

  • 30%     1.0   Design Advanced Enterprise Campus Networks

      • 1.1   Design for high availability in enterprise networks
      • 1.2   Design Layer 2 and Layer 3 campus infrastructures using best
      • 1.3   Describe enterprise network virtualization considerations
      • 1.4   Design for infrastructure services
        • 1.4.a   Voice
        • 1.4.b   Video
        • 1.4.c   QoS
      • 1.5   Identify network management capabilities in Cisco IOS Software
  • 24%     2.0   Design Advanced IP Addressing and Routing
                Solutions for Enterprise Networks

      • 2.1   Create summarizable and structured addressing designs
      • 2.2   Describe IPv6 for campus design considerations
      • 2.3   Create stable and scalable routing designs for EIGRP for IPv4
      • 2.4   Describe IPv4 multicast routing
      • 2.5   Create IPv4 multicast services and security designs
      • 2.6   Create stable and scalable routing designs for OSPF for IPv4
      • 2.7   Create stable and scalable routing designs for BGP for IPv4
  • 8%     3.0   Design WAN Services for Enterprise Networks

      • 3.1   Describe Layer 1 - 3 WAN connectivity options
        • 3.1.a   Optical networking
        • 3.1.b   MetroEthernet
        • 3.1.c   VPLS
        • 3.1.d   MPLS VPNs
      • 3.2   Describe IPsec VPN technology options
      • 3.3   Evaluate WAN service provider design considerations
        • 3.3.a   Features
        • 3.3.b   SLAs
        • 3.3.c   WAN backup
      • 3.4   Create site-to-site VPNs designs with appropriate technologies,
                scaling, and topologies
  • 32%     4.0   Design an Enterprise Data Center

      • 4.1   Describe data center network infrastructure best practices
      • 4.2   Describe the components and technologies of a SAN network
      • 4.3   Describe integrated fabric designs using Cisco Nexus technology
      • 4.4   Describe network and server virtualization technologies for the
                data center
      • 4.5   Create an effective e-commerce design
      • 4.6   Design a high availability data center network that is modular
                and flexible
  • 6%     5.0   Design Security Services

      • 5.1   Create firewall designs
      • 5.2   Create NAC appliance designs
      • 5.3   Create IPS/IDS designs
      • 5.4   Create remote access VPN designs for the teleworker
  • The following course is the recommended training for this exam.

    • Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH)

    Courses listed are offered by Cisco Learning Partners-the only authorized source for Cisco IT training delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. Check the List of Learning Partners for a Cisco Learning Partner nearest you

    A variety of Cisco Press titles may be available for this exam. These titles can be purchased through the Cisco Marketplace Bookstore, directly from Cisco Press.

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