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Enterprise Network Testing: Testing Throughout the Network Lifecycle to Maximize Availability and Performance (Networking Technology) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1587141270
ISBN-10: 1587141272
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About the Author

Andy Sholomon, CCIE No. 15179, works as a Network Consulting Engineer (NCE) in Cisco’s Central Engineering Performance and Validation Testing team. He routinely plans and performs network testing for some of Cisco’s largest Enterprise customers. In his six years at Cisco, Andy has been involved in both planning and deploying some of the largest enterprise data centers in the United States. He has also worked with some of Cisco’s large service provider customers. Before joining Cisco, Andy worked as a Network Engineer in the global financial industry, spending 5 years at UBS in multiple roles, including security engineering, and worked as a Systems Engineer at Spear, Leeds & Kellogg (now a part of Goldman Sachs Group). Andy has been a speaker at the Cisco Live Networkers Conference. Besides the CCIE, Andy holds multiple industry certifications, including the CISSP and MCSE. Andy lives with his wife, daughter, and Great Dane in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

 

Tom Kunath, CCIE No. 1679, is a Solutions Architect in Cisco’s Advanced Services Central Engineering team, where he works as a design and test consulting engineer. With nearly 20 years in the networking industry, Tom has helped design, deploy, and operate many of Cisco’s largest Enterprise and Financial customer networks. Before joining Cisco, Tom worked at Juniper Networks’ Professional Services Group as a Resident Engineer supporting several service provider IP and MPLS backbones, and prior to that as a Principal Consultant at International Network Services (INS). In addition to his CCIE, Tom holds several industry certifications, including a Juniper JNCIS and Nortel Networks Router Expert. Tom lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and two children.

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Product Details

  • Series: Networking Technology
  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (April 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587141272
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587141270
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 1.4 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,265,570 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have recently finished reading the new Cisco Press book Enterprise Network Testing: Testing Throughout the Network Lifecycle to Maximize Availability and Performance by Andy Sholomon and Tom Kunath. Prior to reading this book I will admit that my only experience with network testing has been much more adhoc than the structure they present.

The first section of the book is devoted to learning about the methodologies, tools and types of network testing. This section discusses how to test networks and where in the lifecycle testing should take place. It also builds a case for why network testing is important and how to get funding and management support for testing. If you don't get anything else from this book, that chapter is probably the most important. Getting budgets for testing capital expenses (lab gear, space, testing tools) and operational expenses (labor, power, cooling) require showing the return on investment that can be had from preventing downtimes later.

The second section of the book looks at how testing of various types has helped real world businesses. These case studies give the reader a good idea of tangible benefits of network testing. Most of this section reads more like a business textbook than a technical guide which should help network engineers bridge the gap to the holders of the purse strings. As network engineers, we have to come out of our geek world and explain to non-geeks why what we do matters to them and to them business matters.

Finally in the last section the authors explore various network projects and the test plans used to verify their operation. For someone like me with no formal network testing training or experience, this section is an invaluable resource.
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