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Oct 24 2015   7:13AM GMT

CCDA Design version 3.0 is here

Yasir Irfan Yasir Irfan Profile: Yasir Irfan

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When it comes to the foundation of Network design its well known that Cisco Certified Design Associate is the great certification to start with.  Recently Cisco announced the some major revamps in their current CCDA Design version 2.1. According to Cisco December 14 ,2015 will be last day take “Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v2.1.

Currently Cisco is offering following versions of CCDA exams

640-864 DESGNLast day to test: December 14, 2015 Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v2.1
200-310 DESGN Designing for Cisco Internetwork Solutions (DESGN) v3.0


Cisco removed following topics from the new CCDA 200-310 DESGN exam, these topics are still part of the current exam 640-864 DESGN exam.

Topics Removed from the DESGN Exam:

  • Describe developing business trends
  • Describe network management protocols and features
  • Describe network architecture for the enterprise
  • Identify Cisco technologies to mitigate security vulnerabilities

However Cisco added following topics to the new CCDA 200-310 DESGN exam:

  • Describe the Cisco Design lifecycle – PBM (Plan, Build, Manage)
  • Describe the importance and application of Scalability in a network
  • Describe the importance and application of Resiliency in a network
  • Describe the importance and application of concept of Fault Domains in a network
  • Design a basic branch network
  • Describe the concepts of virtualization within a network design
  • Identify network elements that can be virtualized
  • Describe Data Center components
  • Describe the concepts of Network Programmability within a network design

A good move from Cisco to include Data Center topics in the new CCDA 200-310 DESGN exam. I am pretty sure Cisco Press will come out with a new Cisco Press title to address this exam.

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