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Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE)

Overview

The Cisco Design and Architecture curriculum covers the breadth of job-related skills for network design engineers. The Cisco CCDA® certification is for network design engineers, technicians, and support engineers, and it focuses on a basic understanding of network design fundamentals. The CCDA curriculum includes but is not limited to designing basic campus, data center, security, voice, and wireless networks.
The Cisco CCDP® certification is for senior network design engineers, senior analysts, and principal systems engineers, and it focuses on the design components of larger networks. The CCDP curriculum includes building scalable internetworks, building multilayer-switched networks, and designing network service architecture.
The Cisco CCDE® certification is for expert-level network design engineers, expert-level network leads of IT infrastructure teams, and expert-level network leads of architecture teams working in job roles that require them to translate business needs, budget, and operational constraints into the design of a converged solution. The CCDE curriculum prepares designers to develop design solutions at the infrastructure level for large customer networks.

Requirements
The CCDP certification program is a three-year certification program intended to recognize the skills required to discuss, design, and develop multilayer enterprise architectures and network components. Before attempting to obtain a CCDP certification, a candidate must have a valid CCNA (Routing & Switching) and CCDA certification, or any valid CCIE certification. And it is recommended that a candidate have at least three to five years of experience working in a network design environment.

Full Description

Module 1. Layer 2 Control Plane

      1.Describe fast convergence techniques and mechanisms

  •  Down detection
  •  Interface dampening

   

   2. Describe loop detection and mitigation protocols

  •  Spanning tree types
  •  Spanning tree tuning techniques

 

    3. Describe mechanisms that are available for creating loop-free topologies

  •  REP
  •  Multipath
  •  Switch clustering
  •  Flex links
  •  Loop detection and mitigation

 

   4.  Describe the effect of transport mechanisms and their interaction with routing protocols over different types of links

  •  Describe multicast routing concepts

 

   5.  Describe the impact of fault isolation and resiliency on network design

  •  Fault isolation
  •  Fate sharing
  •  Redundancy
  •  Virtualization
  •  Segmentation  

 

Module 2. Layer 3 Control Plane

1. Describe route aggregation concepts and techniques

  •  Purpose of route aggregation
  •  When to leak routes / avoid suboptimal routing
  •  Determine aggregation location and techniques

 

2. Describe the theory and application of network topology layering

  •  Layers and their purposes in various environments

 

3. Describe the theory and application of network topology abstraction

  •  Purpose of link state topology summarization
  •  Use of link state topology summarization

 

4. Describe the impact of fault isolation and resiliency on network design or network reliability

  •  Fault isolation
  •  Fate sharing
  •  Redundancy

 

5. Describe metric-based traffic flow and modification

  •  Metrics to modify traffic flow
  • Third-party next hop

 

6. Describe fast convergence techniques and mechanisms

  •  Protocol timers
  •  Loop-free alternates

 

7. Describe factors affecting convergence

  •  Recursion
  •  Micro loops
  •  Transport

 

8. Describe unicast routing protocol operation (OSPF, EIGRP, ISIS, BGP, and RIP) in relation to network design

  •  Neighbour relationships
  •  Loop-free paths
  •  Flooding domains and stubs
  •  iBGP scalability

 

9 Analyze operational costs and complexity

  •  Routing policy
  •  Redistribution methods

 

10. Describe the interaction between routing protocols and topologies

11. Describe generic routing and addressing concepts

  •  Policy-based routing
  •  NAT
  •  Subnetting
  •  RIB-FIB relationships

 

12. Describe multicast routing concepts

  • General multicast concepts 
  •  Source-specific
  •  MSDP / anycast
  •  PIM
  •  mVPN

 

13. Describe IPv6 concepts and operation

  • General IPv6 concepts
  •  IPv6 security

 

Module 3.Network Virtualization

1. Describe Layer 2 and Layer 3 tunnelling technologies

  •  Tunneling for security
  •  Tunneling for network extension
  •  Tunneling for resiliency
  •  Tunneling for protocol integration
  •  Tunneling for traffic optimization

 

2. Analyze the implementation of tunneling

  •  Tunneling technology selection
  •  Tunneling endpoint selection
  •  Tunneling parameter optimization of end-user applications
  •  Effects of tunneling on routing
  •  Routing protocol selection and tuning for tunnels

 

Module 4. Design Considerations

1. Analyze various QoS performance metrics

  •  Application requirements
  •  Performance metrics

 

2. Describe types of QoS techniques

  •  Classification and marking
  •  Shaping
  •  Policing
  •  Queuing

 

3. Identify QoS strategies based on customer requirements

  •  DiffServ
  •  IntServ

 

4. Identify network management requirements

5. Identify network application reporting requirements

6. Describe technologies, tools, and protocols used for network management

7. Describe the reference models and processes used in network management, such as FCAPS, ITIL®, and TOGAF

8. Describe best practices for protecting network infrastructure

  •  Secure administrative access
  •  Control plane protection

 

9. Describe best practices for protecting network services

  •  Deep packet inspection
  •  Data plane protection

 

10.  Describe tools and technologies for identity management

11. Describe tools and technologies for 802.11 wireless deployment

12. Describe tools and technologies for optical deployment

13. Describe tools and technologies for SAN fabric deployment

Module 5. Evolving Technologies v1.1

1. Cloud

  •  Compare and contrast public, private, hybrid, and multi-cloud design considerations

 

      (i) Infrastructure, platform, and software as a service (XaaS)

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      (iii) Security implications, compliance, and policy

      (iv) Workload migration

  •  Describe cloud infrastructure and operations

      (i) Compute virtualization (containers and virtual machines)

      (ii) Connectivity (virtual switches, SD-WAN and SD-Access)

      (iii) Virtualization functions (NFVi, VNF, and L4/L5)

      (iv) Automation and orchestration tools (CloudCenter, DNA-center, and Kubernetes)

2. Network programmability (SDN)

  •  Describe architectural and operational considerations for a programmable network 

 

       (i) Data models and structures (YANG, JSON and XML)

      (ii) Device programmability (gRPC, NETCONF and RESTCONF)

      (iii) Controller-based network design (policy-driven configuration and northbound/ southbound APIs)

      (iv) Configuration management tools (agent and agentless) and version control systems (Git and SVN)

3. Internet of things (IoT)

  •  Describe architectural framework and deployment considerations for IoT

      (i) IoT technology stack (IoT Network Hierarchy, data acquisition and flow)

      (ii) IoT standards and protocols (characteristics within IT and OT environment)

     (iii) IoT security (network segmentation, device profiling, and secure remote access)

     (iv) IoT edge and fog computing (data aggregation and edge intelligence)

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