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May 10 2011   7:39AM GMT

Must-Reads for Networking Professionals

Melanie Yarbrough Profile: MelanieYarbrough

An IT professional’s work is never done, especially when that work is learning his craft. That’s why each month we try to bring you the latest and greatest resources being used by actual IT professionals in the field today. This month’s theme is networking, and so we bring you some IT book titles for you to check out in your on-going task to stay on top of your field.

If you’ve read one of the books on this list, or if you’d like to suggest another title, and you’d like to provide a review, please get in touch with me at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com! Check out last year’s networking professional reads list for more titles.

Cisco is one of the most trusted names in networking these days. It’s no wonder that the books they publish remain the highest among recommended resources for those new or seasoned in networking. Here are a couple of titles from the CCIE Professional Development books that might be of interest to networking professionals:

  • Deploying and Troubleshooting Cisco Wireless LAN Controller – From the publisher: “This is the only complete, all-in-one guide to deploying, running, and troubleshooting wireless networks with Cisco Wireless LAN Controllers (WLCs) and Lightweight Access Point Protocol (LWAPP)/Control and Provisioning of Wireless Access Points (CAPWAP).” The book includes “start-to-finish coverage of implementing WLCs in existing wired and wireless network environments.”
  • Network Security Technologies and Solutions – What’s a network without top-notch security? As good as breached. From the publisher: “With an easy-to-follow approach, this book serves as a central repository of security knowledge to help you implement end-to-end security solutions and provides a single source of knowledge to covering the entire range of the Cisco network security portfolio.”

Check out some other titles that have been well reviewed in the networking community:

  • Network Mergers and Migrations – From the publisher: “Network Mergers and Migrations provides readers with a comprehensive guide for network migration activities by detailing a variety of inter-networking case studies. Both enterprise and service provider scenarios are examined, from MPLS Layer 3 VPN migration approaches to comprehensive network protocol consolidation and integration. Case studies are provided with solid state-of-the-art protocol analysis and with practical application notes focused on specific functionalities. This is a book that truly describes the challenges that involve networks in modern environments, in both enterprise and service provider milieus.”
  • The Illustrated Network – From the publisher: “This book takes the popular Stevens approach and modernizes it, employing 2008 equipment, operating systems, and router vendors. It presents an illustrated explanation of how TCP/IP works with consistent examples from a real, working network configuration that includes servers, routers, and workstations.”
  • Network Access Control for Dummies – From the publisher: “If you’re interested in researching or implementing a Network Access Control (NAC) solution for your network, here’s the book for you. Authored by three Juniper Network’s managers, Network Access Control for Dummies provides an excellent overview of how a comprehensive, standards-based NAC solution works.”

Have a suggestion for another networking professional’s must-read? Let us know in the comments section or send me an email at Melanie@ITKnowledgeExchange.com and we’ll add it to the list!

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