Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition

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Update (2.0.6): New updates have been added to the Network Design Cookbook: 2nd Edition. They include major updates with new PODs for VXLAN and FabricPath topologies. We also consolidated the VPN Services under “VPN and Remote Access Solutions” (SEC-NET-VPN) in one place keeping things more organized for VPN design. Other updates include 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) — 413 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

  • General corrections and clean-up of errors discovered
  • Consolidated VPN Services under “VPN & Remote Access” (SEC-NET-VPN) in one place under Solutions
  • Major updates to VXLAN PODs and Diagrams (OVR-VXLAN)
  • Major updates to FabricPath PODs and Diagrams (OVR-FP)
  • Updates to Spine-Leaf CLOS POD (DC-CLOS)
  • Changed SDN solution name to Software Defined Networking (SDN)
  • Updated text for “Cisco – ACI” under Data Center (SDN) section
  • Updates to Border CLOS POD (DC-CLOS-B)
  • Updates to “Overlay / Tunneling” POD (OVR)
  • Moved and Updated Super Spine CLOS POD (DC-CLOS-SS) to Main POD group under Data Center
  • Updates to Data Center Physical Topology with VPC POD (DC-2T-PHY-VPC)
  • Update to “Security Policy” POD to include Physical Security
  • Updates to OTV POD (OVR-OTV)
  • Updates to QOS WAN and VPN PODs (QOS-WAN, QOS-VPN)

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.