Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition

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Update (2.1.1): minor updates to the Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition for BGP, QOS, Voice, NAT, Multicast, NETCONF, REST API/RESTCONF POD, and more! Including PortFast which has been overlooked in previous updates.

The second edition of the Network Design Cookbook provides a new approach for building a network design by selecting design modules (or PODs) based on the business requirements, engineer’s preferences, and recommendations. This new approach provides a structured process that you, as a network engineer or consultant, can use to meet the critical technical objectives while keeping within the parameters of industry best practices.

In this book, you will find valuable resources and tools for constructing the topology and services you need for many solutions such as LAN, WAN, Data Center, Internet Edge, Firewall, to Collaboration. 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) — 410 pages
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Below are the topics (and Design PODs) available in the Network Design Cookbook:

  1. Start Here
    1. Introduction
    2. Design Process
    3. Design PODs
    4. Example
  2. Frameworks
    1. Data Center
    2. LAN / Campus
    3. WAN
    4. Internet
  3. Solutions
    1. Collaboration (Voice, Messaging, Call Center, Conferencing)
    2. Computing (Cloud, Unified)
    3. Load Balancing
    4. Network Management
    5. Optimization
    6. Security (Firewall, VPN, Application, Endpoint)
    7. Software Defined Networking
    8. Storage
    9. Wireless
  4. Services
    1. Energy / Power
    2. IPv6
    3. Multicast
    4. NAT
    5. Operations
    6. Overlay / Tunneling (OTV, LISP, FabricPath)
    7. Quality of Service (QoS)
    8. Reliability (FHRP)
    9. Routing (OSPF, EIGRP, BGP)
    10. Security (ACL, Best Practices)
    11. Switching
    12. Virtualization (VRF, L3VPN, L2VPN)
  5. Attributes
    1. Locations (Local, Global)
    2. Connections / Bandwidth Services
    3. Networks
    4. Standards (Naming, Addressing, Data Center)
    5. Resources

Below are the recent updates to the Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition

TL;DR: new year and new additions for QOS, VOICE PODs, and more!

  • General corrections and clean-up of errors discovered
  • Updates to 802.1X POD for the Configuration section (3.10.3)
  • Updates to BGP POD for the Configuration section (3.9.3)
  • Added “Carrier Delay” to General Best Practices list (3.10.1)
  • Updates to Voice / Unified Communication PODS for QOS and Multicast Requirements (2.1.1)
  • Updates to Multicast POD for the Configuration section (3.3)
  • Updates to NAT POD for the Configuration section (3.4)
  • “Where is the PortFast?” – updated Switching POD (3.11) to include PortFast which was overlooked for awhile.
  • Updates to POE POD (3.1.1)
  • Updates to QOS POD (3.7.2) to include QOS-INET for cloud-based voice services
  • Added NETCONF and REST API/RESTCONF POD under Operations (3.5)
  • Added Voice and Video Recommendations under Configuration section (2.1.1, 2.1.6)

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.