Welcome to the arena of networks design, the place where everything is about network design and network design certifications (CCDP & CCDE).


The ultimate goal of the Network Design Arena is to help network designers and architects on their journey to become better network designers by focusing on not only the required technical skills, but the mindset required to obtain the most recognized expert level network design certification in the industry (CCDE).

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The Network Design Arena approach involves learning from and interacting with industry network design experts and authors using non traditional approaches to learning that are focused on simulated experiences and thorough discussion. There are many ways to become a better network designer and to achieve your design certification goals, but not all approaches are equally effective or efficient. Network Design Arena offers frequent practical design scenario workshops that take you through full practical design scenarios mapping back to the CCDE blueprint, but without breaching the exam NDA.

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Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in the first and only network design workshops hosted and led by facilitators who are both CCDE Certified and CiscoPress Authors. Marwan Al-shawi and Andre Laurent are committed to helping you develop the right mindset and approach to unlock your potential and to become a design expert who will be naturally qualified to pass the CCDE practical exam.

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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.


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.