Internet Routing Architectures
Modestly subtitled "The Definitive BGP resource", Internet Routing Architectures is published by the book division of that cornerstone of the Internet, Cisco Systems--so you can be sure that the contents therein have come pretty much straight from the horse's mouth. For those unaware, "BGP" is short for Border Gateway Protocol, the de facto inter-domain routing protocol used in the Internet today.
|von Bassam Halabi|
The book is broken down into four sections, an overview of the Internet, routing protocol basics, effective routing design and routing device configuration. It's not a revision aid per se, one that would help you prepare for a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification, and so is laid out as a general reference work. But the book's layout and format does have more than a passing resemblance to a Cisco router manual!
Now it would be an understatement to say that the ground covered by this book is incredibly technical and isn't for the casual reader. It is also true to say that where the subject matter is so complex, it's won't be long before your eyes glaze over. But if you try to over-simplify something that is inherently complicated it loses its meaning. This book succeeds in treading this fine line by introducing technical detail gradually and making use of practical examples whenever possible. And the going only really gets tough in the final chapters. Making this sort of rocket science accessible takes some skill and, more often than not, this book succeeds at that task, though it remains a dry read. Its intended audience is fairly small but for those that do need access to this information, this book is one for the shortlist. --Roger Gann
The Ultimate BGP4 Reference
Internet Routing Architechtures is a marvelous example of how a book can be highly technical as well as thoroughly readable. Hallabi starts from the Internet and ISP Basics and walks the reader through CIDR, VLSM before touching Routing Protocols. He then explains Interdomain Routing Basics and such scenarios as Load Sharing, Symmetry and Load Balancing. Chapters 10 and 11 guide the reader on implementing BGP4 on Cisco Routers. This is the book that I rely on for my own Autonomous System.
I'm brand new to routing and this book is great!
It clearly starts from the ground up and gives good examples on all the methods and protocals.
You read this and you'll be able to talk and understand the lingo.
Excellent, well stuctured
A very well structured book on routing. Builds up subject knowledge step at a time. The only shortcoming is that some terms are not defined or explained the first time they are used but left for later discussion. List on inside of covers - excellent idea and quick guide to the slow to learn the new lingo.
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