Network Design Cookbook: 1st Edition

Paperback (Front Cover)
Paperback (Front Cover)
Paperback (Back Cover)
Paperback (Back Cover)

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New Update: Version 10.2.8 – in this month’s update to the Network Design Cookbook we completed the following updates: (1) continued updates to the OSPF network design section for iSPF, LSA Throttling, SPF Throttling, Equal Cost Path, and BiDirectional Forwarding Decision (BFD). (2) We also made other general updates, additional images added, to error corrections discovered during editing.

The Network Design Cookbook is a guide that provides a structured process that you, as a network engineer or a consultant, can use to meet your critical technical objectives while keeping within the parameters of industry best practices. While it primarily deals with Cisco equipment, the Network Design Cookbook lays out a design process that allows for the incorporation of products from other vendors.

In this book, you will find valuable resources and tools for constructing the topology and services you need, with step-by-step design assistance for many solutions such as LAN, WAN, Data Center, Internet Edge, Firewall, and Collaboration.

The Network Design Cookbook explains not only the importance of designing an ideal network, but also the consequences if the design is not well thought out. This book will be a valuable tool in both learning how to design a network, as well as a reference as you advance in your career.

Workbook (PDF) — 592 pages ; Updated: v10.2.8 (August 2016)
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Topics includes:

  1. Requirements
    1. General Requirements
    2. Technical Requirements
    3. Solutions and Services
  2. General Design
  3. Business Solutions
    1. Collaboration Solutions
    2. PCI/DSS
    3. Physical Security
    4. Data Loss Prevention
    5. Cloud Computing
    6. Disaster Recovery
  4. System Solutions
    1. Server Solution
    2. Desktop Solution
    3. Endpoint Security
    4. Social Networking
    5. Web 2.0
    6. System Virtualization
    7. Unified Computing
    8. Data Management (Storage)
    9. NMS Solutions
  5. Foundation Solutions
    1. LAN (Campus)
    2. Storage (SAN, NAS)
    3. Data Center
    4. Wide Area Network (WAN)
    5. Internet Edge
  6. Network Solutions
    1. Firewall
    2. Intrusion Prevention
    3. Content Security
    4. VPN and Remote Access
    5. Identity-Based Access Control
    6. Proxy
    7. DMZ and Extranet
    8. Voice (Unified Communications)
    9. Messaging
    10. Conferencing
    11. Call Center
    12. Presence
    13. Video
    14. Wireless
    15. Teleworker
    16. Network Virtualization
    17. High Performance Computing (HPC)
    18. Content Switching
    19. Optimization
    20. Web and E-Commerce
  7. Services
    1. General Services
    2. IP Routing
    3. LAN Switching
    4. Quality of Service (QoS)
    5. IP Multicast
    6. IPv6
    7. IP Services and Features
    8. Network Management
    9. First Hop Redundancy Protocol (FHRP)
    10. Virtual Private Network (VPN)
    11. Network Security
    12. Tunneling (L3VPN, L2VPN)
    13. Identity Access Control

IMG_7397Michel Thomatis, CCIE #6778 (15 year) – Chief Network Architect & Lead Trainer

Michel has spent the last 18 years as a network engineer/architect.  As a 15-year CCIE, Michel loves the opportunity to provide training in a wide-array of network technologies. He formerly worked at Cisco, as well as in government, banking, and non-profit organizations. He has published the “Network Design Cookbook” and a science fiction novel called “The Dark End”.  He has also published various iOS applications (virtual Network Engineer, Circlefalls) that can be found on Apple’s iOS App Store.  Other software development experience includes python and SDN.  Currently, Michel is the owner, Chief Network Architect and Lead Trainer at RouteHub Group, LLC.

Below is a detail list of the new updates/changes made in this new version:

  • Updates to OSPF Network Design.
  • Errors and Corrections: we also made other general updates, additional images added, to error corrections discovered during editing.