Deploying and Administering Ciscos Digital Netowrk Architecture (DNA) and Intelligent WAN (IWAN) (DNADDC)

Labs are built using the latest platform versions and related architecture components including ISR, ASR, IOS XE, WAVE, vWAAS, APIC-EM, AppNav, etc.
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Labs are built using the latest platform versions and related architecture components including ISR, ASR, IOS XE, WAVE, vWAAS, APIC-EM, AppNav, etc.

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Deploying and Administering Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture (DNA) and Intelligent WAN (iWAN) is a 5-day course designed for network administrator and technical personnel involved in designing, implementing, operating and optimizing Wide Area Networks based on Cisco’s Intelligent WAN (iWAN) principles, technologies and features. It enables learners to understand how iWAN solves many challenges related to today’s branch office deployments and what the main components of iWAN are, including Transport Independent WAN connectivity (IPSec DMVPN and MPLS), Intelligent Path Control (with performance routing), Application Optimization (with AVC and WAAS) and Secure Connectivity (Strong encryption, firewalls, CWS). As part of iWAN deployment, participants will be faced with Application Policy Infrastructure Controller - Enterprise Module or APIC-EM, as a management platform and automation tool.

At the beginning of the course, students will review Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture or DNA as open and extensible, software-driven architecture that accelerates and simplifies enterprise network operations. DNA, as a programmable architecture frees IT staff from time consuming, repetitive network configurations tasks, so they can focus instead on innovation that positively transforms their business. Relationships between DNA and iWAN will be discussed in the course. Labs are built using the latest platform versions and related architecture components including ISR, ASR, IOS XE, WAVE, vWAAS, APIC-EM, AppNav, etc.

Course Objectives:

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to meet these overall objectives:

  • Know and understand Cisco’s Digital Network Architecture concepts, features, benefits, terminology and main components, and the way this architecture innovates common administrative tasks on today’s networks.
  • Understand today’s Brach Office challenges and how iWAN helps to solve them.
  • Describe four main pillars and components of Cisco Intelligent WAN (iWAN).
  • Explain Transport Independent Design, the various connectivity options and the way they are configured.
  • Understand Intelligent Path Control, explaining how performance routing is different from traditional destination based routing, routing protocol support and configuration tasks.
  • Describe the importance of Application Visibility to know behavior, resources usage and performance statistics as a basis for QoS Policy design and deployment.
  • Use WAAS for application performance optimization and better WAN resource usage.
  • Know main elements to guarantee IWAN Secure Connectivity, including Strong Encryption, Zone based Firewall and CWS.
  • Understand how Cisco’s APIC-EM helps administrator automate deployment, administration and compliance checking for network policies end-to-end, hiding complexity of managing individual network devices.


  • IP network designers
  • IP network administrators
  • system engineers
  • NOC personnel and technical support personnel involved in IWAN and DNA deployment and administration


The recommended knowledge and skills that a learner must have before attending this course are as follows:

  • Knowledge level equivalent to Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching (CCNP Preferred)
  • Basic to intermediate Knowledge on tunnels, VPN’s and DMVPN
  • A good understanding of QoS basics
  • Basic knowledge and experience with Cisco IOS, IOS XE and CLI
  • Basic knowledge on device and network virtualization
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Lab AccessYes
Learning StyleVirtual Instructor-Led
Course Duration5 Days
VPA EligibleVPA Eligible
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