Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition

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Update (2.0.4): New updates have been added to the Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition. They include various CCIE/CCDE topics and best practices for QOS, VPC, Wireless, Unified Computing, Storage, and more. There are new/updated PODs for “Management/OOB”, “Unified Topology using VPC”, and “Spine-Leaf CLOS” (updated) located under the Data Center framework section. Including general errors and corrections. See the release notes for more details.

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) — 412 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 Networks
    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, VPN, 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

  • General corrections and clean-up of errors discovered
  • Updates to Solutions > Security “When to Use” description
  • Updates to Solutions > Wireless > Configuration recommendations to include 802.11ac Wave 2 technology
  • Additional “Wireless LAN” PODs added to Wireless Solution
  • “Management/OOB” Add-On POD added to Data Center framework
  • “Unified Topology with VPC” POD added to Data Center framework
  • “Custom (External)” Add-On POD added to Internet framework
  • Updated “Solution Mappings” to include Mobility
  • Updated NMS vendor solutions grid to include Cisco Prime Infrastructure
  • Updates to “Jumbo Frames” POD description
  • Update to “VPC MEC” POD diagram
  • Updates to VPC POD configuration details
  • Additional “Firewall Deployment” PODs added to Security > Firewall Solution
  • Updates to “General Best Practices” for uRPF
  • Updates to “QoS – Deployment” Configuration section
  • Updates to “Storage” Configuration section
  • Updates to “Computing > Unified Computing” Configuration recommendations to include End-Host mode
  • Updates to “Virtualization” POD general description
  • Updates to “Unified Computing” POD descriptions
  • Updates to “Firewall – Deployment” configuration section for whitelist & blacklist policies
  • Updates to “Data Center” and “Top of Rack” POD general description
  • Updated “Traditional Deployment – Standalone” POD under Unified Computing
  • Updated Spine-Leaf CLOS and Data Center (SDN) POD diagram pictures

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.