Cisco DESGN 2.1: Designing Basic Campus and Data Center Networks

This course is included in our On-demand training solution.


The availability of multigigabit campus switches enables organizations to build high-performance, highly reliable networks. When you follow a systematic network design approach, then performance, reliability, and manageability are achievable. This module describes a hierarchical campus network design approach called multilayer design. Multilayer design is modular, so organizations can increase their network capacity as needed. A multilayer campus design is based on a known campus topology, which aids in troubleshooting.
This course will look at network infrastructure design for two places in the network that use the multilayer campus design: the enterprise campus and the enterprise data center. The course first introduces general campus switching design considerations. In addition, the course describes the switching modularity and scalability options that are appropriate for situations ranging from building-sized networks to large campus networks and design considerations for the enterprise data center.

Target Audience

Anyone wishing to obtain the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCDA) certification that validates the knowledge and skills required to successfully design Cisco converged networks. Candidates who have completed the 640-816, 640-822, or 640-802 Cisco Certified Cisco Network Associate certification exam.


Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

Network Application Characteristics and Considerations

  • describe how network application characteristics and requirements influence network design
  • Environmental Characteristics and Considerations

  • describe how the campus environment affects network design
  • Infrastructure Device Characteristics and Considerations

  • identify the design considerations when choosing infrastructure devices
  • Building Access Layer Design Considerations I

  • describe basic design considerations for the enterprise campus network
  • match the STP toolkit elements to their descriptions
  • Building Access Layer Design Considerations II

  • describe trunk management in the building access layer
  • describe routing implementation in the building access layer
  • Building Distribution Layer Design Considerations

  • describe design considerations of the building distribution layer
  • Campus Core Design Considerations

  • identify design considerations for the campus core layer
  • identify the security design considerations for edge distribution
  • Describing the Enterprise Data Center Architectures

  • describe the characteristics of the Cisco Enterprise Data Center Architecture Framework
  • categorize the challenges to the different aspects of the Cisco Enterprise Data Center
  • Enterprise Data Center Infrastructure

  • identify the design considerations for the data center access, aggregation, and core layers
  • Describing Enterprise Network Virtualization

  • describe network and device virtualization design considerations and benefits