IT Certification and Career Paths

642-873 ARCH

Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures Exam

Retired June 16, 2011
    Exam Number:     642-873
Associated Certifications: CCDP
Duration: 75 minutes (60 - 70 questions)
Available Languages: English, Japanese
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Exam Description

The 642-873 ARCH Designing Cisco Network Service Architectures 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.

Exam Topics

The following topics are general guidelines for the content likely to be included on the 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 guidelines below may change at any time without notice.

Design advanced core enterprise networks

  • Design campus Infrastructure using best practices
  • Design a High Availability enterprise network
  • Design a high availability WAN
  • Design network management services
  • Design IP multicast services
  • Describe enterprise VoWLAN design considerations

Design an enterprise data center

  • Design a high availability data center network that is modular, flexible and meets standards
  • Describe the components and technologies of a SAN network
  • Design an effective E-Commerce module

Design security services

  • Utilize firewalls
  • Utilize the NAC appliance
  • Utilize IPsec VPNs
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 Self-Study titles are available for this exam. These titles can be purchased at the Cisco Marketplace, directly from Cisco Press, or wherever you purchase technical books.

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