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Top-down network design
Oppenheimer, Priscilla.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Indianapolis, Ind. : Macmillan Technical Pub., [1999]

Physical Description:
xxxii, 560 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
General Note:
"Cisco systems, Cisco Press."

Includes index.
Format :


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TK5105.5 .O663 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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"Top-Down Network Design is a practical and comprehensive guide to designing enterprise networks that are reliable, secure, and manageable. Using illustrations and real-world examples, it teaches a systematic method for network design that can be applied to campus LANs, remote-access networks, WAN links, and large-scale internetworks."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

Priscilla Oppenheimer has been developing data communications and networking systems since 1980 when she received her master's degree in information science from the University of Michigan. After many years as a software developer, she became a technical instructor and training developer and taught more than 2000 network engineers from most of the Fortune 500 companies. Her employment at such companies as Apple Computer, Network General, and Cisco Systems gave her a chance to troubleshoot real-world network design problems and the opportunity to develop a practical methodology for enterprise network design.

Table of Contents

1 Analyzing Business Goals and Constraints
2 Analyzing Technical Goals and Constraints
3 Characterizing the Existing Internetwork
4 Characterizing Network Traffic
5 Designing a Network Topology
6 Designing Models for Addressing and Naming
7 Selecting Bridging, Switching, and Routing Protocols
8 Developing Network Security and Network Management Strategies
9 Selecting Technologies and Devices for Campus Networks
10 Selecting Technologies and Devices for Enterprise Networks
11 Testing Your Network Design
12 Optimizing Your Network Design
13 Documenting Your Network Design
Appendix A Characterizing Network Traffic When Workstations Boot
Appendix B References and Recommended Reading