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From Barnes & NobleThe Read Only Review
Service providers have flooded the core transport network with optical fiber, and they still can’t get enough bandwidth to users at the edge. Why? One big reason: the metropolitan area bottleneck. Today’s new MAN technologies are intended to overcome that bottleneck. And since many of them are based on Ethernet, they’ll theoretically allow carriers to leverage user-friendly, low-cost technology for a change. (Ethernet-based standards replacing SONET/SDH -- who’d-a thunk it?)
As MANs grow in importance, however, service providers, carriers, and enterprises face tough challenges. They must learn how to streamline their “layer-cake” network architectures (nowadays, typically, multichannel DWDM for bandwidth; SONET/SDH above it for management; ATM above that for QoS; and IP at the top for multiprotocol support, with killer overhead everywhere). They must understand their new choices, deploy intelligently; and clearly understand how the new MAN technologies effect their service offerings.
There’s a lot riding on getting this right. Steven Shepard’s Metro Area Networking covers it all: technical and marketplace background, leading players, the latest standards work, new architectures that blur LANs and WANs, related technologies such as Resilient Packet Ring (RPR); QoS and operations support systems, and more. In one book: the whole future of MAN. 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.
The Barnes & Noble Review
Steven Shepard makes the point that the metro market is the near future of networking. This book is a must-read for those involved in the telecommunications and networking industry -- including interested users who drive the requirements; the many vendors who provide the systems, components, and services that satisfy those requirements; and the investors who make all of it financially possible.
This book is very well written, with information that is easy to absorb. It describes the networking industry and explains how it applies to today's metropolitan customer demands. Shepard has organized his material into five parts that progress through information like layers of technology. Part 1 is dedicated to networking history, basics, and architecture. Part 2 looks at the metro area and the metro net. Part 3 really gets to the core with a discussion of enabling technologies. Part 4 takes a look at metro applications and how they fit in the metro environment. Part 5 takes a look at the players in the metro game -- from the component and system manufacturers to the service providers and their issues. Finally, there is an excellent acronym and abbreviation list in Appendix A and a glossary in Appendix B.
Metro Area Networking (MAN) is a new playing field. This informative, easy-to-read book provides important insight into the lucrative business possibilities of MANs. John Vacca
John Vacca, the former computer security official (CSO) for NASA's space station program (Freedom), has written 38 books about advanced storage, computer security, and aerospace technology.