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on 11 September 2009
This book is a very useful thing to have to hand for when your mind goes blank on the basics of something you don't use every day, but also for an overview of something usually neglected in such works: the business liason side of being an IT professional.

It's very Cisco orientated, but that's no surprise, given Cisco's market penetration, nor is it a terribly bad thing...I suppose it just reflects the way the world is. The only time it really grated on me was regards firewalls and server load balancers, since Cisco's offerings in these spaces suck like a Dyson on steroids (Mr. Donohue's praise for the late, unlamented Local Director series, for example, is very puzzling to me - but each to their own, I guess). However, it would have been nice for it to be a bit more platform-agnostic, I think. Also, BGP gets no more than a passing nod, really, and for that critically important protocol to be dismissed with what boils down to "Well, you probably won't need to config BGP unless you work for an ISP" is a bit weak.

Apart from that, pretty good.
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