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Cisco Networking Simplified

Cisco Networking Simplified

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by Paul Della Maggiora, Jim Doherty

A visual explanation of networking technologies

What you always wanted to know about networking but were afraid to ask!

  • How the Internet works
  • How e-mail, e-learning, and telephony work on the Internet
  • What makes a network safe
  • How traffic gets from here to there
  • Disaster recovery and other ways to keep a network


A visual explanation of networking technologies

What you always wanted to know about networking but were afraid to ask!

  • How the Internet works
  • How e-mail, e-learning, and telephony work on the Internet
  • What makes a network safe
  • How traffic gets from here to there
  • Disaster recovery and other ways to keep a network running
  • How businesses share data
  • See the world of Cisco networking with this illustrated guide's visual approach to learning
  • Useful for both novices and networking professionals
  • Covers a broad variety of internetworking topics-from e-mail to VPNs

At last-an illustrated guide to the world of Cisco networking. Cisco Networking Simplified breaks down the complicated world of internetworking into easy-to-understand parts. Learn quickly and easily the fundamentals of a variety of topics, such as security, IP telephony, and quality of service, from the full-color diagrams and clear explanations found in Cisco Networking Simplified.

This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press, the only authorized publisher for Cisco Systems.

Editorial Reviews

The Barnes & Noble Review
So you’re new (or almost new) to networking. How do you bootstrap from where you are to where you want to go? Understand how what you’re doing fits into the “big picture”? Make sense of why things are done the way they’re done?

It’s not easy to figure all that out on your own. (And who’s got the time to teach it to you?) But most networking books are, well, just too complicated. Then there are the ones that treat you like a child. Grrrr

Try Cisco Networking Simplified. What makes this book special? Well, there are the full-color diagrams on every two-page spread. But this isn’t just a picture book. It offers real context. You don’t just learn the “what”: You learn why it matters, what the benefits of each technology are, what problems must be solved to deploy it, and how the elements of a complete solution fit together.

Each topic gets two well-crafted pages: just enough to brief you on the real issues, so you can drill down further on your own. Authors Paul L. Della Maggiora and Jim Doherty cover an extraordinary range of topics in just 200 pages -- and they’ve selected those topics wisely.

This is the stuff you really need to know about: mainstream stuff (like VPNs) and technologies that are rapidly becoming mainstream (like VoIP).

You’ll start with the underpinnings of the Internet, and several of the Internet-based applications you’ll typically need to implement. There’s email, of course, and DNS, and IP addressing with both NAT and Port Address Translation. But there are also some important applications you might not expect in a beginner’s book -- Web traffic load balancing, for instance.

There’s a full section on video and telephony applications on the Internet -- increasingly important in an era when global travel isn’t taken quite for granted. You’ll learn how multicasting, videoconferencing, and IP telephony work; even the basics of IP call center applications that are blazing the trail towards the long-promised “digital convergence.”

In under 20 pages, the authors demystify network security. They start with the high-level issues every network administrator will face: balancing trust vs. security, authenticating users, protecting perimeters, defining centralized policies, and so forth. (To focus your attention, they also list today’s 13 most serious and widespread network security vulnerabilities.)

Next, you’ll walk through the basics of firewalls and intrusion detection systems: how firewalls distinguish “good” packets from “bad,” and how to architect a network for maximum perimeter security. There’s also a quick introduction to encryption -- including a look at the pros and cons of application-level, data link level, and network-level encryption.

Cisco Networking Simplified covers the hardware (wireless LANs, Ethernet, routers, switches), the techniques (network management), and the strategies (high availability, QoS, disaster recovery). It covers WANs, campus networks, and LANs; data centers; new storage and content networking solutions; caching; directory services; yesterday’s SNA, tomorrow’s P2P, and more. In just minutes, you can look like you know what you’re talking about -- no matter what you’re talking about. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Library Journal
A clearly written and nicely illustrated overview of networking concepts, this will appeal to potential or beginning administrators, in addition to managers trying to understand just what it is their IT departments do. Most of the material is non-Cisco-specific, and terms are explained more plainly than in most other beginning networking manuals. "At a Glance" sidebars on topics ranging from voice-over IP to routing provide additional info and explain the importance of concepts. Content is basic but will provide a solid foundation for further study and exploration. Recommended for all libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

Cisco Press
Publication date:
Networking Technology Series
Edition description:
Older Edition
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Paul Della Maggiora, CCIE No. 1522, is a manager for the Cisco Systems Enterprise Solution Engineering Group and developed their Networking Bootcamp for new Cisco TAC engineers. He is also a co-author of Performance and Fault Management, published by Cisco Press.

Jim Doherty is a Solutions Marketing Manager with responsibility for routing and switching for Cisco Systems. He has taught professionals in both academic and industry settings on a broad range of topics including electric circuits, statistics, economics, and wireless communication methods. Jim authored the Study Notes section of the Cisco CCNA Exam #640-607 Flash Card Practice Kit published by Cisco Press.

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Cisco Networking Simplified, published by Cisco Press, ISBN# 1587200740, Pages=288, Paperback, no CD-ROM included When most folks hear the word Cisco, the first thoughts that come to mind are routers and the Internet. But what this book does is introduce you to so much more. You¿ll see that Cisco networking as a whole includes a vast array of hardware, software, telecommunications gear, protocols, and cutting edge technologies. Authors Paul Maggiora (CCIE, a former Cisco employee) and Jim Doherty (a current Cisco marketing manager) bring Cisco networking direct to you with an illustrated approach to learning a myriad of internetworking topics. If you¿re the type of person who prefers a visual approach to learning, the colorful illustrations and easy-to-understand diagrams should make you feel right at home. Before obtaining this book, the question I had was ¿what does this book have to offer?¿ As I found out, a little bit of everything. For example; are you interested in learning more about optical networking, ATM, broadband networking, or how frame-relay works? Are you interested in network security, hackers, firewalls, and intrusion detection systems? Perhaps you¿d like to understand what being a network administrator is like with respect to bandwidth monitoring, routing, switching, or high-availability networking? Other topics of interest include: explanations of how information is moved along that ¿information superhighway¿ we¿ve all heard about, what Storage Area Networking is, how you can create networks without wires, and why your organization may be utilizing VPN¿s or MPLS. You¿ll find the answers to these questions and hundreds more in this book. I believe the target audience for this book is ¿rookie¿ technical or help-desk staff that have some experience with computer networking, although those readers who are completely new to this area of computing shouldn¿t be ¿bulldozed-over¿ with tons of technical jargon. Seasoned IT professionals shouldn¿t pass this book up as being too easy either, because we all need a good refresher course on the basics from time-to-time, and that¿s the niche that this book fulfills. A common complaint among IT professionals is that many books written nowadays are filled with ¿real-life¿ situations the author has experienced. I find that many of these situations aren¿t useful to me, and find myself rather distracted from understanding the books intended content. ¿We just want the facts¿ is what many technicians and networking professionals are saying. Thankfully, this book gives you nothing but the facts accompanied by clear and concise explanations. The only criticisms I have of the book are that it didn¿t contain specific references to additional information and that it wasn¿t bigger! It was so easy to read and understand that when I finished studying it I thought, ¿Well what about this technology, what about that protocol, where¿s the best place to go for more info?¿ Published in June 2003, I¿ve found it contains many of the hottest topics out there today including IPv6, ECDN (Educational Content Delivery Network), IP convergence (voice+video+data), VoIP (voice over data networks), disaster recovery planning, and web content caching ¿ just to name a few. Overall, I was very pleased with the books contents and the formatting of the text and illustrations made for excellent knowledge retention. I¿ve seen that the authors have previously released other networking titles, so you may want to check them out if you¿re looking for additional technical details on topics covered/not-covered in this book. Cisco Networking Simplified won¿t prepare you for any Cisco networking certification tests, but you know what? I¿ve always said that you can¿t comprehend advanced networking functions and methodologies if you don¿t have a clear understanding of the basics and fundamentals. This book is a good starting point. On a rating scale of 1-5 (worst-best), I¿d give this book a 5. I tr
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cisco Networking Simplified presents multiple networking and technology concepts in a visual and easily readable format. This book succeeds where others have failed by providing a detailed overview of each subject without getting to deep into the mechanics of each technology. For this reason, this book serves well as a technology introduction for networking rookies and as an overview for the non-technical Manager. As a network professional I found this book especially helpful with technologies I¿ve had little or no exposure to. The chapters on IP Telephony, Multicast, and Traffic Engineering gave me a solid grasp of the concepts and an excellent starting point for future learning. A general legend of device icons and references to additional information would have been a nice addition. Overall, the illustrations, writing style, and humor gave the book an understandable and easy flow. The end result is a well crafted book that serves as an excellent resource for professionals and the curious end user.