The Design of Cisco High Availability Services

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


To define the necessary components of a high availability solution, given specific enterprise availability requirements

Target Audience

System engineers, network designers, and network engineers responsible for designing enterprise-wide networks, which support a wide variety of large scale switching, routing, network management, and security infrastructures; individuals working towards the Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP) and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) qualifications.


A comprehensive knowledge of networking and internetworking design, demonstrating competencies equivalent to CCDA level and CCNP level in routing, switching, remote access technologies, access control and communications, security, and network management solutions, including a detailed working knowledge of current technologies, media, protocols, operating systems, and devices

Expected Duration

120 min.

Course Objectives

The Design of Cisco High Availability Services

  • identify the enterprise requirements and components for high availability.
  • identify the guidelines for when to implement fault-tolerant devices and redundant topologies.
  • differentiate between the three spanning tree protocols – PVST, RSTP, and MST – and identify the main advantages of PortFast and UplinkFast.
  • distinguish between redundancy options, identify carrier and environment considerations, and recognize best practices for high availability network design.
  • identify the guidelines for designing a campus network and the Enterprise Edge for high availability.
  • design a high availability solution to meet the requirements of a given enterprise network.