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

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).

24-hour support

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

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