Welcome to the arena of modern solutions design, the place where everything is about networking and cloud solutions design.


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Modern Networks Design


The ultimate goal of the Network Design Arena is to help network and cloud solutions designers and architects on their journey to become better designers and architects, by focusing on not only the required technical skills, but the mindset required to become business driven designers and architects in the digital and cloud era. Also the design content and topics discussed at the Network Design Arena, aim to help those who are interested to obtain the most recognized network and cloud design certifications such as (CCDE, CCDP and Google Cloud Architect)


Marwan Al-shawi – CCDE No. 20130066 – Marwan is a Cisco Press author (author of the Top Cisco Certifications’ Design Books “CCDE Study Guide & the upcoming CCDP Arch 4th Edition”). He is Experienced Technical Architect. Marwan has been in the networking industry for more than 12 years and has been involved in architecting, designing, and implementing various large-scale networks, some of which are global service provider-grade networks. Marwan holds a Master of Science degree in internetworking from the University of Technology, Sydney. Marwan enjoys helping and assessing others, Therefore, he was selected as a Cisco Designated VIP by the Cisco Support Community (CSC) (official Cisco Systems forums) in 2012, and by the Solutions and Architectures subcommunity in 2014. In addition, Marwan was selected as a member of the Cisco Champions program in 2015 and 2016.


André Laurent – 3xCCIE No. 21840, CCDE No. 20120024 – André is an experienced Technical Architect and a Cisco Press Author. Outside of his own personal development, Andre has an equal passion for developing others and assisting them with the certification process. Andre is recognized in the industry as a subject matter expert in the areas of routing, switching, security, and design. Andre takes a neutral approach in helping clients establish a long term business and technology vision covering necessary strategy, execution, and metrics for measuring impact.