Cisco Collaboration Preferred Architectures
Revised: October 25, 2021
Cisco is a leading innovator of collaboration technologies and solutions. To provide our partners and customers with expert design guidance and best practices for deploying collaboration solutions, we have developed and tested Preferred Architectures (PAs) for the following deployment scenarios:
- On-premises deployment — All collaboration services are deployed and managed on the customer’s premises.
- Hybrid deployment — Some collaboration services are deployed on-premises, while others are hosted in the cloud.
- Cloud deployment — All collaboration services are deployed and managed in the Cloud
Cisco Preferred Architectures (PAs) provide tested and recommended deployment models for the Enterprise market segment based on common use cases. They incorporate a subset of products from the Cisco Collaboration portfolio that are best suited for the Enterprise and defined use cases. These deployment models are prescriptive and built to scale with an organization as its business needs change. This prescriptive approach simplifies the integration of multiple system-level components.
The PAs service the Enterprise, large deployments with 1,000 or more users. The mid-market or Small to medium deployments with up to 1,000 users is no longer differentiated from the Enterprise market segment in the Preferred Architectures.
To help partners and customers decide which Preferred Architecture to choose, and to provide guidance on how best to deploy each PA, we have written the following types of documentation, as represented in Figure 1:
- Design Overview Guides — Describe the main components and their roles within the Preferred Architectures. They are pre-sales documents intended to help customers and sales teams select the Preferred Architecture that best fits their requirements.
- Cisco Validated Design (CVD) Guides — Are post-sales documents that describe the Preferred Architectures in detail, provide design and deployment recommendations and best practices, and outline the PA deployment procedures and steps at a high level.
- Alternative Design Guides — Are post-sales documents that describe optional designs that can be deployed as alternatives to the Preferred Architectures described in the PA overview guides and CVDs. The alternative design may start with the main PA as a foundation and build upon it; therefore, each alternative design guide may be used in conjunction with its corresponding PA overview guide and CVD. In some cases the Alternative Design Guides can be used as standalone guides.
Figure 1 Preferred Architecture Documentation