Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition

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Update (2.0.2): New updates have been added to the Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition. They include updates for General Security, Routing, MPLS, OTV, to Network Management among others. 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) — 406 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

  • Fixed header and page number location within the NDC:2E
  • Updated General Security Solution to include Security Policy PODs. Replacing “Password Policy”
  • Updated “MPLS” POD with additional description details for Traffic Engineering
  • Updated “General Best Practices” to include OOB Management and other best practice services
  • Updated Network Management to add “Configuration Management” POD
  • Updated “Netflow” POD with additional description details
  • Updated “Security Standards” POD to include Regulatory Compliancy
  • Updated “Single WAN” POD with additional Requirements
  • Updated “Physical Topology with FHRP” PODs for LAN and DC frameworks
  • Updated “Internet” PODs with additional description details
  • Updated “OSPF” and “EIGRP” Configuration PODs to include Route Redistribution
  • Updated “OTV” and “MPLS” PODs to include MTU considerations
  • Updated “Unified MPLS” POD with additional description details
  • Updated “EIGRP” Configuration POD to include Auto Summarization
  • Updated “OSPF” POD with additional description details
  • Updated “BGP” POD with additional description details

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.