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Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (December 4, 2003)
Publication Date: December 4, 2003
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Data Center FundamentalsISBN - 1587050234By - Mauricio Arregoces and Maurizio PortolaniPublisher - Cisco PressAs someone who has worked in and help design a couple Data Centers I looked to this book thinking I would find a good reference in design but one which covered much of my own knowledge already. While I wasn't entirely wrong I can honestly say this book holds much more inside it's covers than many much more expensive or comparable books hold combined. Being a `Fundamentals" book it follows true to the nature of not being for the plain interested or uninitiated technical type but then surprised me when I found a majority of the book exceptionally well thought out and explained in ways that even my mother could grasp.Those interested in learning what high availability really means and entails should read this book and understand it thoroughly. The tips and knowledge one can glean from this book is awesome just for the TCP/IP and network portions of the book and it truly does lead you down the path to large scale success.While every section of the book is almost a book of it's own (it is an extremely long book) and could likely get sold as such, this book takes head on the task of trying to cram into it every aspect you would need to delve into a world made up of fully redundant server and network architecture.As a good example, DNS, while reasonably simple and elegant has many facets to it that if improperly configured or understood can be a make or break item in many data centers. Security is yet another aspect that can either help or hurt a company and it's client base.
I recently read the title "Data Center Fundamentals", by Mauricio Arregoces and Maurizio Portolani. ISBN: 1587050234. This title has a ton of information in it. It covers just about every technology that could make up a Data Center environment. The authors have done a good job of cover detail about the several technologies in this title. Some technologies are covered in more detail than others. For example there's a lot of information on HTTP related technologies and not so much detail on say routing protocol. This makes sense, because the title is "Data Center Fundamental".This is a great title for someone that is not well versed in several technologies, because the authors have covered a great deal of information and has done a good job presenting the basics of each. This will give someone that is not familiar with a certain technology the information they need to get an idea of the technology so they can continue to expand on what they've learned. Even though most of the basics are covered, the authors throw in great advanced information on technology that would pertain to Data Centers. I've learned a few nice advanced techniques on how to speed up network convergence when failures occur. The book is littered with nuggets of advanced techniques on ways to improve the overall architecture and performance of a Data Center.I would recommend this title to all IT personnel that are responsible for either Networking, System Administration, System and Network Operations, even Managers and Project Managers should have a copy on their desk. In this day and age, it's imperative that technical support personnel have knowledge that crosses over their job function and into other technologies that make up the rest of the 'Network'.
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