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MPLS and VPN Architectures: Volume II: 2 (Networking Technology) Paperback – 6 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press (6 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587144328
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587144325
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,822,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Master advanced MPLS VPN deployment solutions to design, deploy, and troubleshoot advanced or large-scale networks Builds on best-selling success of first volume with more advanced features to get more out of your network Improve network efficiency with MPLS data routing techniques like Traffic Engineering (TE) and Any Transport over MPLS (AToM) Learn new PE-CE routing techniques and per-VPN Network Address Translation (PE-NAT) features to build advanced virtual private networks as your remote employee base increases

"MPLS and VPN Architectures," Volume II builds on the best-selling MPLS and VPN Architectures, Volume I (1587050021) from Cisco Press. Extending into more advanced topics and deployment architectures, Volume II provides readers with the necessary tools they need to deploy and maintain a secure, highly available Virtual Private Network (VPN).

These VPNs serve a greater role in networks as the number of remote employees increase, building on the demand for access to company networks with the same level of quality and speed delivered in an office setting. Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is the key to successful VPNs. With coverage of a variety of advanced features, like traffic engineering (TE) that improves network data transfer efficiency by prioritizing the more important data flows on a network, "MPLS and VPN Architectures," Volume II teaches the value, usage, and impact of a variety of advanced techniques on a network. Other features like Quality of Service, Any Transport over MPLS (AToM), and the new PE-CE routing options make this a valuable guide to enhancing any VPN to bring the greatest efficiency, quality and security available.

Jim GuichardM/b>,CCIE No. 2069, is a Technical Leader II within the Internet Technologies Division (ITD) at Cisco Systems, and is the co-author of MPLS and VPN Architectures, published by Cisco Press.

Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE No. 1354, is the Chief Technologies Advisor at NIL Data Communications, and is the co-author of MPLS and VPN Architectures, published by Cisco Press.

Jeff Apcar is a Senior Design Consulting Engineer in the Asia Pacific Advanced Services group at Cisco Systems.

About the Author

Ivan Pepelnjak, CCIE No. 1354, has more than 10 years experience in designing, installing, troubleshooting, and operating large service provider and enterprise WAN and LAN networks and is currently chief technologies advisor at NIL Data Communications. He is the architect of NIL's Service Provider Academy program, one of the architects of the Cisco Systems(r) Service Provider curriculum, and the lead developer of several service provider-focused courses covering MPLS, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), and IP quality of service. Ivan is one of the Cisco(r) Routing authorities in Europe and is the author of EIGRP Network Design Solutions and co-author of MPLS and VPN Architectures, both published by Cisco Press.

Jim Guichard, CCIE No. 2069, is a technical leader for MPLS and IP backbone technologies at Cisco Systems and is the co-author of the highly successful book MPLS and VPN Architectures, published by Cisco Press. He has extensive experience with designing, migrating, and deploying large-scale IP networks and has assisted many of the largest Cisco customers with the integration of MPLS-related technologies into their networks.

Jeff Apcar is a senior consulting engineer in the Advanced Services group at Cisco Systems and has been working with MPLS technologies for more than three years. Jeff's focus is the Asia-Pacific theatre where he has provided detailed designs and design consulting for nearly every major service provider MPLS rollout in the region.

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Format: Hardcover
Being heavily involved in this area I found the lack of reference material frustrating. Books I have purchased up to now have contained theoretical explanations of the concepts and history of MPLS, but no real world examples with configuration details. Although this book is Cisco specific, I found I was easily able to adapt the configurations to the other major Router manufacturers. The authors are both well respected in the industry and I snapped this book up as soon as it was published. It has joined the other Cisco Press books on my bookshelf. The book also has detailed information on real-world scenarios such as 'Hub and Spoke' VPN topologies and other MPLS/BGP/VPN advanced topics. At last a decent MPLS technical reference, and this at a time when the Standards are in their infancy. Well Done.
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Usually, the books Cisco Press produce are of excellent quality - just the right technical level for their intended audience, good examples and generally well written.
This book is OK, but I'm afraid it's not up to the usual standard I'd expect from Cisco Press. As a CCIE wanting to learn a bit about MPLS (Partly for recertification - it was recently added to the written exam, but I wanted to learn MPLS anyway) I went for this book because it was CCIP level (I.e. on a par with CCNP/CCDP) and should have been a relatively easy read for someone already with a lot of experience.
Unfortunately, it's very heavy going indeed - the book could eaisly have been twice the size, in fact it probably should have been given the amount of ground it's trying to cover. I don't know if this is the fault of the exam (I'm not taking the CCIP) or the book though - if it was twice the size it would be of a similar weight and probably cost to many of the CCIE-level tomes.
As a result of being compressed down into such a short (Still several hundred pages!) book, it is often very confusing - even from the first couple of chapters I was left feeling a little dazed with no clear examples or case studies to back up some of the explanations. In at least one case, it appears the example outputs given from routers are just plain wrong.
Many of the issues explained early in the book did not become clear until much later on, if at all, despite allegedly being fairly "basic" principles of MPLS. Undue importance also seems to be given to concepts not really needed to understand later issues.
Having said that, It's probably worth buying this book if you're into MPLS on Cisco - the other books I've seen are just as bad. MPLS is a new technology and it will be a while until really top-notch books are availble on the topic.
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Of course, MPLS still offers much for the future of data communications and has some enormous benefits over existing IP architectures, not least in terms of VPNs. The basics of MPLS switching are covered well and the progression into VPN and MPLS-VPN is sound (by way of ample discussion of various frame and cell-based topologies.) I Found the BGP architectural recommendations interesting but suspect that someone with lesser BGP experience may easily have been confused. The discussion on advanced options such as Carrier-Supporting-Carrier models is an excellent start considering relative infancy in operational networks. Good followups may be Jim Guichard's own Cisco Networkers Presentations...
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