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Design Zone - Design Guides

Use our documentation for faster, more reliable, and predictable deployment.

What is a Cisco Validated Design Guide (CVD)?

Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) provide the foundation for systems design. They are based on common use cases or engineering system priorities. Each guide incorporates a broad set of technologies, features, and applications to address your needs. Most important, it has been comprehensively tested by Cisco engineers to help ensure a faster, more reliable, and fully predictable deployment.

What a Validated Design Guide provides

CVDs are tested and documented


CVDs are extensively tested. You can confidently set performance expectations when you deploy your solution.

Reduce integration risk and performance risk

Less risk

Using a CVD reduces both the risk that products won’t work together and the risk that they won’t perform as promised.



CVDs provide everything from system designs to configuration instructions to a bill of materials (BOM).

Get 24-hour support

24-hour support

Because CVD solutions are guaranteed to work as specified, we provide 24-hour support for any issues that might arise.

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Design, provision, apply policy, and provide wired and wireless network assurance with a secure, intelligent campus fabric.

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Data Center Design Playbook

A comprehensive summary of Cisco UCS Solution CVDs, in one place.

QoS policy automation

QoS policy automation

Understand network design considerations and best practices in QoS Policy automation based on Cisco's APIC-EM controller and EasyQoS application.


Easily deploy new systems

Get free expert guidance on how to deploy new networking technologies successfully.

Use our validated designs

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