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Publisher: Cisco Press; 3 edition (September 3, 2010)
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Whereas most other networking books focus on one technology or one aspect of network design, Oppenheimer really does guide the reader through designing a network in a top-down (gathering requirements to documentation) fashion. Overall, the book takes you from a 30,000 foot view to about a 2,000 foot view. Despite Oppenheimer's Cisco-focused background and being published by Cisco Press, her book admirably avoids plugging Cisco as the end-all-be-all solution. Overall, I would recommend this book for all parts of network design, and recommend others for the actual IOS/device configuration (which Top-Down Network Design avoids).As others have identified, the books is divided into four sections. The section titles are descriptive enough, so I'll just point out the highlights by chapter instead.The first chapter covers an introduction to network design, including analyzing business goals and constraints. It emphasizes the need for the network design to make "business sense," as in justify the business itself. Constraining the network design to the budgetary and staffing constraints of the customer is also important -- after all, what good is a highly-reliable, highly-complex network to a CCENT-level network engineer who can't make necessary modifications without taking down the network?The fourth chapter relates to the network traffic of the existing network. By categorizing users into "user communities" based off job role (usage of sets of applications) and categorizing the traffic flows themselves, one can describe at a high level the network flow while still providing useful data for technical purchase decisions. The traffic flows are categorized into groups such as peer-to-peer, client/server, server-to-server, terminal/host, and distributed computing.
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