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Cisco Industry Validated Designs Guides (CVDs)

A network foundation to optimize industrial operations.

Implement Cisco validated industrial and transportation network architectures to meet the needs of operations, and IT.

These design and implementation guides are tested and validated reference architectures which provide the core network foundation to help reduce risk and successfully deploy today’s top automation platforms and Industrial IoT solutions.

What a Validated Design Guide provides

Reliability

CVDs are extensively tested. You can confidently set performance expectations when you deploy your solution.

Less risk

Using a CVD reduces both the risk that products won’t work together and the risk that they won’t perform as promised.

Comprehensiveness

CVDs provide everything from system designs to configuration instructions to a bill of materials (BOM).

24-hour support

Because CVD solutions are guaranteed to work as specified, we offer 24-hour support options for any issues that might arise.

All-Industry guides

Find design and implementation guidance for industry-specific solutions and architectures

Industry Solution / Guide Description
Cities and Communities Connected Communities Infrastructure Design Guide This design guide provides network architecture and design guidance for the planning and subsequent implementation of a Cisco Connected Communities Infrastructure (CCI) solution. Based on the market-defining Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) and intent-based networking capabilities, CCI allows the creation of a single, secure communications network that provides a single, modular network with wired (fiber, Ethernet), wireless (Wi-Fi, cellular, and V2X) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications (LoRaWAN and RF mesh) connectivity options for unmatched deployment flexibility; Cisco Software-Defined Access (SD-Access) to virtually segment and secure your network across departments and services, each with its own policies, control, and management as needed; Cisco DNA Center for network automation with unified management of communications policy and security that significantly lowers operational costs; and a highly reliable outdoor and ruggedized networking equipment with simplified zero-touch in-street and roadway deployment options.
Cities and Communities Connected Communities Infrastructure Implementation Guide This Implementation Guide provides a comprehensive explanation of the Cisco Connected Communities Network infrastructure implementation, along with Smart Cities and Roadways vertical solution use cases such as Cisco Safety and Security, Cisco Smart Street Lighting, and Edge Computing.
Cities and Communities Cisco Kinetic for Cities Safety and Security DIG This Design and Implementation Guide provides details for the Cisco Kinetic for Cities (CKC) Safety and Security (SnS) Solution, which provides real-time video analytics for empty and crowded scenes. Existing and new video surveillance systems can be transformed into proactive and intelligent tools while unifying security and operational efficiency. The response times to incidents are accelerated and the user is assisted in gaining a better understanding of the situation. Video analytics accurately detect events in video streams, instantly inform or alarm operators, and trigger processes by sending this information to the Cisco Kinetic for Cities platform. Cisco Kinetic for Cities Safety and Security, which has an open architecture, can be integrated with leading CCTV camera vendors.
Cities and Communities Cisco Kinetic for Cities Urban Mobility-Crowd DIG This Design and Implementation Guide describes the details of the Urban Mobility—Crowd (UMC), a subset of the Urban Mobility domain. It provides analysis and reporting for crowd monitoring and its overall use case is location analytics for crowds. Cisco Kinetic for Cities (CKC), which is a purpose-built Cisco Kinetic platform, is Cisco's IoT solution for Smart Cities that addresses various city digitization programs.
Digital Building Solution Cisco and Molex DBS Design Guide This Design Guide, which describes the solution architecture for the Cisco and Molex Digital Building Solution (DBS), specifies the functionality and roles of solution components and how they interact. The DBS focuses on best practice design and implementation details for specific aspects such as lighting network design, Power over Equipment (POE) power management, lighting endpoint devices communications, security, and scaling.
Digital Building Solution Cisco and Molex DBS Implementation Guide This Implementation Guide, which describes the implementation details for the Cisco and Molex Digital Building Solution initial installation, migrating the lighting initial setup to a production campus network topology and on-going lighting system management and maintenance.
Distribution Automation Grid Security Design Guide The Grid Security 3.0 Cisco Validation Design guide details the integration between various security platforms to achieve a holistic, secure operational technology (OT) network.
Distribution Automation Secondary Substation Design Guide This Design Guide provides a comprehensive explanation of the Cisco Smart Grid FAN solution design for Secondary Substation monitoring use cases, including FLISR and Volt/VAR control. It includes information about the system's architecture, possible deployment models, and guidelines for deployment, and also recommends best practices and potential issues when deploying the reference architecture.
Distribution Automation Secondary Substation Implementation Guide This Distribution Automation - Secondary Substation Implementation Guide provides a comprehensive explanation of the Cisco Smart Grid Field Area Network solution implementation for Secondary Substation monitoring and Distribution Automation use cases such as Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR) and Volt/VAR.
Distribution Automation Feeder Automation Design Guide This Design Guide provides a comprehensive explanation of the entire end-to-end Cisco Smart Grid Field Area Network (FAN) solution design, which was developed for the Utility Industry in the Americas region and leverages the license free spectrum: ISM band 902 - 928 MHz for last mile connectivity of the Distribution Network Grid devices. The document describes the two most common Distribution Automation use cases for monitoring and control of Distribution electrical lines equipment: Volt/VAR and Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR).
Distribution Automation Feeder Automation Implementation Guide This Cisco Distribution Automation- Feeder Automation Implementation Guide provides a comprehensive explanation of the Cisco Smart Grid Field Area Network solution implementation for Distribution Automation use cases such as Fault Location, Isolation, and Service Restoration (FLISR) and Volt/VAR. This implementation document includes information about the solution’s architecture, possible deployment models, and guidelines for deployment. It also recommends best practices and potential issues when deploying the reference architecture.
Extended Enterprise Extended Enterprise non-fabric and SD-Access fabric Design Guide This Design Guide targets both IT and non-IT audiences to provide a high-level overview of the Cisco Extended Enterprise (EE) solution architecture and building blocks. The EE solution captures business intent and extends it to the non-carpeted spaces of the enterprise, where the operations happen. The solution brings Cisco's market-leading intent-based networking, Internet of Things (IoT) networking, and Cisco Digital Network Architecture (Cisco DNA) all the way to the IoT edge.
Extended Enterprise Extended Enterprise SD-WAN Design Guide This CVD outlines the steps for both IT and operations teams to accomplish their business goals by realizing unified SD-WAN-based management for enterprise and extended enterprise deployments with the Cisco IR1101 Integrated Services Router Rugged (Cisco IR1101).
Extended Enterprise Extended Enterprise Implementation Guide for Non-Fabric Deployment with the Cisco DNA Center This Implementation Guide provides deployment guidance for an Extended Enterprise network design. It is a companion to the associated design and deployment guides for enterprise networks, which provide configurations explaining how to deploy the most common implementations of the designs as described in this guide. It discusses the Extended Enterprise implementation for non-fabric technology with the Cisco DNA Center.
Extended Enterprise Extended Enterprise Implementation Guide for SD-Access Deployments This Implementation Guide provides deployment guidance for an Extended Enterprise network design. It is a companion to the associated design and deployment guides for enterprise networks, which provide guidance in how to deploy the most common implementations of SD-Access. This guide discusses the extended enterprise implementation for SD-Access deployments.
Manufacturing Connected Factory - HA Seamless Redundancy in the Factory Network Design Guide This Design Guide describes the High-Availability Seamless Redundancy in the Factory Network Cisco Validated Design (CVD), which provides a tested and validated architecture to deploy HSR in ring topologies in the factory Cell/Area zone (the area where the IACS and end devices (Levels 0-2) connect to the network). This document guides the reader through the high-level technology and architecture.
Manufacturing Cisco Connected Factory - Converged Plantwide Ethernet Site Converged Plantwide Ethernet (CPwE), which applies to multiple industries, specifically helps manufacturers seeking to integrate or upgrade their Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) networks to standard Ethernet and IP networking technologies.
Manufacturing Cisco Connected Factory - PROFINET Solution Site The Connected Factory PROFINET solution addresses the needs of the resilient network by providing a variety of key factors, such as operational availability, network integration, flexibility, low maintenance, better determinism, faster response-time, and low data collisions, both by physical, or by protocol, within the industrial Cell/Area Zone.
Manufacturing Integrating CC-Link IE IACS into the Connected Factory Architecture Design Guide This Design Guide gives an overview of how Cisco's industrial networking products can help integrate existing plant floor networks with demanding industrial applications, such as the CC-Link Industrial Ethernet (CC-Link IE). CC-Link IE is supported on many of the Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) devices in Mitsubishi Electric's vast portfolio.
Manufacturing Cisco Connected Machine Solution Site Enable rapid and repeatable machine connectivity, providing business improvements such as overall equipment effectiveness (OEE) and machine monitoring.
Manufacturing Network and Security in Industrial Automation Environments Design and Implementation Guide This Design Guide describes the solution architecture of Cisco's Industrial Automation CVD solution, which applies network, security, and data management technologies to Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) plant environments and key production assets that are the core to operational environments. It provides a Cisco validated reference architecture and design and deployment guidance for customers, partners, and system implementers.
Manufacturing Network Management for Operational Technology in Connected Factory Architectures Design Guide This Design Guide discusses the Network Management for Operational Technology in Connected Factory Architectures Cisco Reference Design (CRD) use of Cisco's Industrial Network Director application for monitoring industrial network assets and discovering automation devices within the context of the Connected Factory solution.
Mining Industrial Automation in Mining Environments This CRD outlines the Cisco® Industrial Automation Mining solution and relevant product technologies that are an essential foundation to securely connect and digitize mining production environments to achieve these significantly improved business operational outcomes. The solution provides a proven and validated blueprint for connecting Industrial Automation and Control Systems (IACS) and production assets, improving industrial security, and improving plant data access and reliable operations
Oil and Gas Industrial Automation for Process Control and Refineries Design Guide This design guide provides a comprehensive explanation of Industrial Automation for Process Control and Refineries system design. It includes information about the industry challenges, primary use cases, architecture, and guidelines for implementation. The guide also recommends best practices and potential issues when deploying the reference architecture. The designs for greenfield and brownfield deployments align with the release of the new Cisco Hazloc Class1/Div 2/Zone2 hazardous location-certified industrial access point, the IW 6300.
Oil and Gas Oil and Gas Refinery WLAN MESH Implementation Guide The designs described in this Oil & Gas Refinery (O&G) WLAN MESH Implementation Guide have been conceived and validated to address oil & gas field and refinery plant stringent requirements. In the environment where heavy metal infrastructures, high temperatures, extreme moisture, and potential explosive materials are consistently present. A typical O&G field and refinery plant can employ environmental sensors, asset tags, personnel tracking RFID tags, and equipment and process monitoring devices, enabling operators to predict maintenance, optimize workflow, meet CAPEX and OPEX requirements, and successfully operate the facility 24x7x365.
Oil and Gas Cisco Connected Pipeline: Control Center Solution Site The Connected Pipeline: Control Center Solution details support for implementing Control Center application virtualization, secure remote access, the Industrial Demilitarized Zone (IDMZ), and cybersecurity.
Oil and Gas Cisco Connected Pipeline: Operational Telecoms Solution Site The Connected Pipeline: Operational Telecoms Solution provides best practices for safe, highly available, and secure pipeline operational-telecoms infrastructure. This includes communication networks between Control Centers, from Control Centers to pipeline stations, between pipeline stations, and inside pipeline stations.
Oil and Gas Pipeline Industrial Security Reference Design document This Cisco Reference Design (CRD) document describes the Cisco Systems, AVEVA, and Schneider Electric approach to cybersecurity in the Oil and Gas industry, specifically for Pipeline Management Systems.
Remote and Mobile Assets Solution Brief The RaMA solution packages Cisco Industrial Router (IR) portfolio with our simple-to-use cloud-based management platform (GMM) to enable easy extension of the enterprise network to geographically dispersed remote and mobile assets. This document is targeted at both IT and non-IT audiences to provide a high-level overview of the solution architecture and five building blocks.
Remote and Mobile Assets DIG This Cisco Remote and Mobile Assets solution pairs Cisco's leading industrial routers (IR series) with Cisco Kinetic®. It provides a cloud-based platform for managing every component of asset connectivity-from the network and data to sensors and applications. The goal is to provide IT teams the tools they need while allowing field teams to focus on asset operations.
Remote and Mobile Assets Technology Guidance Overview of the available hardware options for IoT gateways in the RaMA solution, with recommendations on hardware platform and software features to use for common scenarios.
Remote and Mobile Assets Zero Touch Provisioning Use of Kinetic GMM by IT personnel for provisioning and managing Cisco Industrial Routers with a focus on secure, scalable deployment.
Remote and Mobile Assets Edge Compute Overview of the edge compute capabilities in Cisco Industrial Routers in the form of IOx. Includes implementation examples for deploying Dockerized applications.
Remote and Mobile Assets Field Deployment Use of Kinetic GMM by OT personnel for deploying Cisco Industrial Routers in the field, with minimal knowledge of the underlying networking technology required.
Remote and Mobile Assets Enterprise Network Integration Best practices for the enterprise headend focusing on resiliency, high-availability, load-balancing, and security. Includes detailed descriptions of FlexVPN and WAN redundancy mechanisms.
Remote and Mobile Assets Fleet Management Architecture for mobile applications in which the IR829 acts as the managed gateway and provides wired and wireless connectivity for southbound devices, as well as numerous northbound interfaces (LTE, Wireless Workgroup Bridge, GPS). Use of edge compute in the form of Cisco IOX is also included.
Remote and Mobile Assets Remote Site Management Best Practices for remote site connectivity, covering the use of the full range of Cisco Industrial Routers (IR 807, IR 809, IR829, IR 1101) as the managed gateway, providing wired and cellular connectivity for southbound devices as well as numerous northbound interfaces. This module also covers best practices for inbound connectivity for devices behind the gateway including isolation of management and data planes and whitelisting of applications and devices.
Remote and Mobile Assets Security Describes how the RaMA solution was designed from the ground up with security in mind. Includes detailed descriptions of how the solution fits into the SAFE model, including securing the gateways, data plane, and management plane. Also includes a section on achieving PCI compliance.
Transportation Connected Rail Implementation Guide This Implementation Guide provides details about the Cisco Connected Rail test topology, relevant feature configuration, and deployment of this solution, assists in deploying solutions more quickly by showing an end-to-end configuration along with relevant explanations.
Transportation Connected Rail Solution Overview This Solution Overview describes the Cisco Connected Rail Solution for railways and other mobile transit environments.
Transportation Connected Rail Design Guide The Design Guide covers the solution design and best practice recommendations from Cisco for Connected Rail deployments, including Connected Train, Connected Trackside, and Connected Station.
Transportation Connected Mass Transit Design Guide This Design Guide provides a comprehensive explanation of the Cisco Connected Mass Transit System design, including the system's architecture, supported services, and possible deployment models.
Transportation Connected Mass Transit Implementation Guide This Implementation Guide provides details about the test topology, end-to-end configuration, and deployment of the Cisco Connected Mass Transit System, including end-to-end configuration details for Connected Bus, Bus Stop, Bus Yard, and Metro Network setup.
Transportation Connected Roadways DIG This Design and Implementation Guide defines a system architecture for Connected Roadways and includes design and best practice recommendations for a scalable and resilient multi-service transport infrastructure for any size or scale of deployment.
Transportation First Responder Fleet Cisco Reference Design This CRD provides a comprehensive explanation of the First Responder Fleet deployment system design, including a comprehensive and converged communications infrastructure and application framework to enable the deployment of multiple services for First Responder Fleets.
Utilities DA 2.0 Whitepaper Cisco Resilient Mesh Solution This Distributed Automation whitepaper discusses the use of the enhanced Cisco Resilient Mesh. It addresses utility distribution grid use cases such as SCADA transport, Fault Location Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR), and line voltage monitoring to support applications like Volt/VAR Control and Line Sensor.
Utilities Substation Automation Local Area Network and Security DIG This design and implementation guide describes developments to the Cisco validated substation automation solution architectures, further enhances the electrical utility substation automation design and implementation experience, and identifies recently added hardware and software capabilities on the Cisco Industrial Ethernet (IE) switching product line.
Utilities Virtual RTU Implementation Guide This Implementation Guide provides details of the Virtual Remote Terminal Unit (Virtual RTU) application on the Cisco IR8x9 Integrated Services Router and Cisco IR1101 Integrated Services Router Rugged, which can be deployed as a secondary substation or as a distribution automation gateway.

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