Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition

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Update (2.1.3): we have updated the design example under the “Start Here” section to follow the new structure and layout in release 2.1.2. We also added a new section under Attributes: Connections related to considerations for bandwidth capacity. You can get more details in the release notes.

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.

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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: updated start here example and added bandwidth capacity section to “Connections”

  • General corrections and clean-up of errors discovered
  • Updated “Start Here” example with new structure and details completed in release 2.1.2
  • Added “Bandwidth Capacity” section under Attributes > Connections

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.