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Three things are certain: death, taxes, and rapid growth in network traffic. Catherine Paquet and Diane Teare can't help with the first two. But network scalability? That they've got nailed.
In this book, Paquet and Teare -- both senior network architects at Cisco's largest worldwide training partner -- cover internetworking scalability from start to finish. From high-level principles to protocols to specific IOS commands, Building Scalable Cisco Networks guides you through both planning and implementation.
You'll begin by learning how to extend the use of limited IP address resources via VLSMs (and, if possible, route summarization). Next, the authors review each of Cisco's key scalable routing protocols, OSPF, EIGRP, and BGP. They outline the scalability limitations of internal BGP, and demonstrate how to overcome them with route reflectors -- presenting practical migration tips, good designs, and bad designs to avoid.
There's a full chapter on using route redistribution to interconnect networks using multiple routing protocols. You'll also find practical job aids for addressing, access lists, route optimization, and password recovery, as well as summaries of relevant router commands.
We've focused on the book's day-to-day value in the field, but Building Scalable Cisco Networks is also Cisco's official course guide for the BSCN (Routing) exam that's on your path to CCNP or CCDP certification. To that end, it's full of review questions and detailed configuration exercises -- with even more detailed solutions.
Birds gotta fly, networks gotta scale -- and if you've got to make them scale, you won't find a more useful book. (Bill Camarda) (Bill Camarda)
Bill Camarda is a consultant and writer with nearly 20 years' experience in helping technology companies deploy and market advanced software, computing, and networking products and services. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks For Dummies®, Second Edition.