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Design Zone for Data Center Networking

Build an Enterprise Data Center

Create a highly secure, flexible, virtualization-ready data center foundation. (PDF - 5.5 MB)

Cisco Validated Designs for data center networking provide best practices for addressing the challenges you may face as you grow your data center infrastructure. They will help you:

  • Support rapid application growth
  • Manage growing data storage requirements
  • Optimize your investments in server-processing resources
  • Access information reliably
  • Secure critical data
  • Control the cost of deploying a new data center

Survey the Data Center Foundation

Learn about Cisco Validated Designs for enterprise data centers. (PDF - 2 MB)

Cisco Validated Designs provide system designs based on common use cases or current engineering system priorities. They incorporate a broad set of technologies, features, and applications to address customer needs. Cisco engineers have comprehensively tested and documented each design to help ensure faster, more reliable, and fully predictable deployment.


Cisco Validated Profile (CVP) guides provide coverage details for:

  • Profile topologies
  • Hardware and software features
  • Typical end-to-end use cases

These are tested by Cisco as complete systems.

CVP Resources

The Cisco Validated Design guides below have been superseded by newer guides. This archive is maintained as a convenient reference for organizations that have implemented the designs in these older guides. For new implementations, we strongly recommend that you use the most recent guides.