Designing the Total Area Network: Intranets, VPNs and Enterprise Networks Explained

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Tackles the many issues surrounding one of the most important assets in any company: its network. Modern networks need to be fast and effective to meet the ever-increasing need to for more information and faster communication. This text offers a clear and concise presentation of the key issues for those involved in the purchase, management, planning and implementation of communication networks. It provides the broad technical understanding required to ask the right questions, set viable plans and avoid expensive investment and deployment mistakes.

* Explains effective and practical design techniques for communication networks

* Advises how to avoid the common pitfalls associated with setting up and running a network

* Focuses on the techniques for planning and assembling network technology

* Presents numerous real examples

This is essential reading for network designers and will be recommended reading for students in computer science, electrical and electronic engineering and telecommunications courses.

Norris and Pretty tackle the many issues surrounding the design of one of the most important communication infrastructures in a company. The enterprise network needs to be fast and effective to meet an ever increasing demand for more information and communication. It provides broad technical understanding to aid those involved in the purchase, management, planning and implementation of enterprise networks. Effective and practical design techniques are explained in detail and are illustrated with real examples. It also discusses the associated pitfalls which often occur to show the reader what not to do when setting up a network.

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Mark Norris and Steve Pretty take on a huge subject in Designing the Total Area Network, and they make their task even trickier by aiming to satisfy technical experts as well as their managers. They succeed remarkably well, combining detailed facts about several enterprise-networking technologies with advice on choosing and implementing the ones that best fit a given organization's needs. More importantly, they describe a strategy for approaching big networking jobs. The strategy--suitable for in-house network managers or peripatetic consultants--maximizes network reliability while minimizing expense and making the process as predictable as possible.

Readers won't find much in these pages about specific products--Microsoft Windows 2000, say, or Cisco routers--but they will find out how to identify needs and evaluate solutions. Most helpful are the checklists that help keep the designer from overlooking details at key points in the life cycle of an enterprise network.

Norris and Pretty draw heavily on their experience to point out where problems are likely to occur and how to plan for them. A semifictitious case study walks you through designing and implementing a worldwide network for a bank. Once in a while, a British bias pops up, but the information is valid everywhere. You may want to investigate this book's companion volume, Total Area Networking. It places greater emphasis on technical background information, including networking technologies like Frame Relay and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM). --David Wall

Topics covered: A systematic approach to enterprise network design, with emphasis on defining requirements, writing a proposal, deciding on technologies, implementation, and progressive refinement over time.

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  • Product Dimensions: 6.52 x 1.04 x 9.41 inches; 1.47 pounds
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