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Mission-Critical Network Planning

Mission-Critical Network Planning by Matthew Liotine
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Whether a terrorist attack, fiber cut, security breach, natural disaster or traffic overload, today’s networks must be designed to withstand adverse conditions and provide continuous service. This comprehensive, leading-edge book reveals the techniques and strategies to help you keep enterprise data and voice networks in service under critical circumstances. You learn numerous ways to minimize single points of failure through redundancy and backups, and discover how to select the right networking technologies to improve survivability and performance.

This unique and timely resource shows you how to spot vulnerabilities in a network, use the protective features of different technologies for continuity and security, and build survivable network infrastructure. Supported with over 150 illustrations, this handy reference goes far beyond typical books dealing with only disaster recovery, to offer you a complete avoidance approach that proactively implements measures to protect infrastructure and systems from unplanned events.


Introduction -Purpose of the Book. What is Mission Critical? Network Continuity versus Disaster Recovery. The Case for Mission Critical Planning. Trends Affecting Continuity Planning. Mission Goals and Objectives. Organization of the Book.

Principles of Continuity - Fault Mechanics. Disruptions. Containment. Errors. Failover. Recovery. Contingency. Resumption. Principles of Redundancy. Principles of Tolerance. Principles of Design.

Continuity Metrics - Recovery Metrics. Reliability Metrics. Availability Metrics. Exposure Metrics. Risk/Loss Metrics. Cost Metrics. Capacity Metrics. Performance Metrics.

Network Topology and Protocol Considerations for Continuity - Network Topology. Network Protocols.

Networking Technologies for Continuity - Local Area Networks. Wide Area Networks. Metropolitan Area Networks.

Processing, Load Control and Internetworking for Continuity - Clusters. Load Balancing. Internetworking. Caching.

Network Access Continuity - Voice Network Access. Data Network Access. Wireless Access.

Platform Continuity - Critical Platform Characteristics. Platform Tolerance. Server Platforms. Network Platforms. Platform Management. Power Management.

Software Application Continuity - Classifying Applications. Application Development. Application Architecture. Application Deployment. Application Performance Management. Application Recovery. Application/Platform Interaction. Application Performance Checklist.

Storage Continuity - Mission Critical Storage Requirements. Data Replication. Replication Strategies. Backup Strategies. Storage Systems. Storage Sites and Services. Networked Storage. Storage Operations & Management.

Continuity Facilities - Enterprise Layout. Cable Plant. Power Plant. Environmental Strategies.

Network Management for Continuity - Migrating Network Management to the Enterprise. Topology Discovery. Network Monitoring. Problem Resolution. Restoration Management. Carrier/Supplier Management. Traffic Management. Service Level Management. QoS. Policy Based Network Management. Service Level Agreements. Change Management.

Using Recovery Sites and Services - Types of Sites. Types of Services. Implementing and Managing Recovery Sites.

Continuity Testing - Requirements and Testing. Test Planning. Test Environment. Test Phases.

Summary and Conclusions.

Matthew Liotine is currently vice president of BLR Consulting and has formerly served as a product marketing director at AT&T Bell Laboratories. A former president of the Society of Information & Management Science, Chicago Chapter, Dr. Liotine holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Princeton University.

Artech House; September 2003
432 pages; ISBN 9781580535595
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Title: Mission-Critical Network Planning
Author: Matthew Liotine