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642-871 ARCH

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures Exam

Retired February 23, 2008
    Exam Number:     642-871
Associated Certifications: CCDP
Duration: 90 minutes (55-65 questions)
Available Languages: English
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Exam Description

ARCH is a qualifying exam for the Cisco Certified Design Professional CCDP® certification. The ARCH exam will test on material covered under the Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) course. The exam assesses a candidate's understanding of latest developments in network design and technologies. The exam covers topics on network infrastructure, intelligent network services, and converged network solutions.

Exam Topics

The following information provides general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the ARCH exam. However, other related topics may also appear on any specific delivery of the exam.

Design & Modeling

  • Design networks that provide network services and solutions using the Cisco AVVID Framework
  • Design a modular network based on Enterprise Composite Network Model
  • Explain how the following concepts apply to each module of the Enterprise Composite Network Model:
    performance and scalability; availability; manageability; security; and cost-effectiveness
  • Design modules and/or sub-modules of the Enterprise Composite Network Model to meet defined standards of: performance and scalability; availability; and manageability
  • Define an appropriate Enterprise Network Management Strategy to meet given requirements
  • Define a security strategy that is based on the requirement of each functional area of the Enterprise Composite Network Model
  • Identify the need for high availability from network design requirements
  • Design a network topology to support VoIP
  • Design a network topology to support IP Multicasting
  • Design a wireless LAN network solution that meets IEEE 802.11 standards
  • Identify the need for Virtual Private Networking (VPNs) from network design requirements
  • Design suitable storage networking solutions using Cisco AVVID principles

Relevant Technologies

  • Select appropriate components; features and protocols at the Campus Infrastructure, Server Farm, and Edge Distribution modules of a campus network design
  • Select appropriate components; features and protocols at the Network Management module of a campus network design
  • Compare and contrast the link characteristics, net protocols application demand characteristics and cost consideration that affect WAN design
  • Select suitable protocols, components and an appropriate topology for the Enterprise WAN
  • Select suitable protocols, components and an appropriate addressing scheme for the Internet Connectivity and eCommerce modules
  • Select the appropriate components and network model to address identified network security threats
  • Select the appropriate queuing types and protocols to provide QoS within a network design
  • Select the appropriate components and network model to support VoIP traffic
  • Select the appropriate options and features, on designated Cisco equipment, that are necessary to support IP Multicast
  • Describe the functionality required of designated network components, protocols, and addressing schemes to support IP Multicasting
  • Select the appropriate components and network technologies to support VPN

Application Solutions

  • Describe the functions of Cisco Works Network Management Solutions in a given network management module design
  • Position the Cisco Call Manager components in a variety of IP telephony deployment models
  • Select an appropriate content networking solution for a specific LAN/WAN design
  • Select a universal IP storage networking solution, given specific enterprise-wide storage and networking requirements
Recommended Training

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures (ARCH) is the recommended training for this exam.

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 near you.

Additional Resources

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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