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Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs)

Updated: Mar 18

A secure network foundation to digitize industrial operations and enable IoT systems.


Cisco Validated Designs (CVDs) are a set of guidelines used within a system design management solution created for specific IT Service Companies to help small-medium businesses and large-scale corporations to access industry-specific tested system architectures, to design, provision, and implement their wired and wireless network infrastructure, automate the deployment of a secure software-defined network, handle common use cases and engineering system priorities, and define a specific combination of PIN components and subsystem options. Features include technology design guides, solution design guides, third-party tool integration, and a predictable deployment tool.


What is a Cisco Validated Design? CVDs provide the foundation for systems design based on common use cases or current engineering system priorities. They incorporate a broad set of technologies, features, and applications to address each customer needs. Each one has been comprehensively tested and documented by Cisco Engineers to ensure faster, more reliable, and fully predictable deployment.

Ford Motor Company and Hitachi Vantara are among some of the manufacturers applying CVDs to drive innovation within their traditional manufacturing facilities and operations.


Network Topologies Industrial IT

Some benefits of using CVDs are:

  • Faster deployments: CVDs, starting from system designs to configuration instructions, simplify and speed up the process of implementing your solutions.

  • Less risk: You can be assured of seamless integration and successful outcomes when using CVDs, which are designed based on shared use cases and engineering system priorities.

  • Predictability: Thanks to rigorous testing, CVDs assist you in establishing performance expectations and guaranteeing quicker, more dependable deployments.

  • Comprehensiveness: CVDs offer a comprehensive package that includes system designs, configuration instructions, and a bill of materials (BOM).

  • End-to-end designs: Cisco Validated Designs begin by considering customer use cases and designing from the edge device to the application, while also verifying the compatibility of Cisco and third-party components.

Networking devices specifically designed for industrial environments

A.k.a. manufacturing facilities, warehouses, healthcare facilities, utility substations, oil and gas rigs, etc.


Within an industrial setting, routers, switches, and firewalls must be able to endure harsh environmental factors such as extreme temperatures, vibration, shock, and humidity, in addition to being highly efficient and available. These devices should also be capable of regulating access, supporting real-time industrial protocols, and allowing essential operational data to travel across cloud-based applications. Furthermore, the operational networks they support must be scalable and extremely robust.


At Polestar, we select and implement the best fit-for-purpose industrial routers and switches to meet these requirements. We also choose vendors committed to creating the interoperability our customers need with the highest possible quality.


Industry-specific Networks

Equally, we adhere to CVDs, which are tested and documented approaches to help you design, deploy, and extend new technologies successfully. These guides document building possible network configurations, how to ensure new solutions fit into existing systems and offer best practices for successful deployments.


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