IPv6 For Enterprise Networks – Book Review

IPv6 for Enterprise Networks

Shannon McFarland, CCIE® No. 5245
Muninder Sambi, CCIE No. 13915
Nikhil Sharma, CCIE No. 21273
Sanjay Hooda, CCIE No. 11737

This book is a breath of fresh air for those of us that need to take IPv6 from the text book and implement it into the network. The title lays it out well:

“The practical guide to deploying IPv6 in campus, 
WAN/branch, data center, and virtualized environments”

I can recommend this book for a wide audience including:

–      *Network Administrators looking for practical information about IPv6

–      *Network Engineers tasked with developing an IPv6 deployment plan

–      *Managers looking to evaluate IPv6 and the pro’s / con’s that go along with it

–      *Anyone that is interested in IPv6

The book starts out addressing the WHY IPv6 question. This section lays out the drivers for IPv6 with the benefits of IPv6 adoption. At the end of the chapter is an IPv6 Q&A section followed up with a list of vertical markets that are making the move to IPv6.

Next the book dives into hierarchical network design. This chapter is a great review of network design that covers all of the bases from access to core and from the Data center to the branch. It includes new technologies such as VSS as well. I noted that this chapter would be a great primer for someone considering tackling the CCDE written.

The next sections take a look at common terminology along with how IPv6 works with IPv4 and how IPv6 is implemented with common network services such as Multicast, QoS and routing protocol support.

Now that the foundation is laid, it is time to move on the planning an IPv6 deployment. This could be a daunting task, but the book gives a great starting point with a section duly called “Determining Where To Begin”. Also, ERM (Enterprise Risk Management) is a big factor these days and yes this book leads one to get the creative juices flowing to identify common risks with an IPv6 deployment.

The book follows with several chapters dedicated to the specifics of IPv6 deployment across several networks types including Campus, Virtualized, WAN/Branch and Data Center. So what about extended network access? Don’t worry, you are covered!! A chapter dedicated to Remote Access VPN is there for you.

So, now you have deployed Ipv6 – now what? Chapter 11 covers the care and feeding of an IPv6 network.

The book ends with a fantastic section covering setting up a test environment to setup an IPv6 lab and starting a pilot deployment. The step by step directions and screenshots are done very well – yes you can actually make out what is in the screenshots!!!

At a slim 372 pages, this book should be on every network engineers  required reading list.

Larry Hadrava
CCIE #12203




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