After you have determined your network requirements, you must identify and then select the specific capability that fits your computing environment. For basic information on the different types of networking devices, along with a description of a hierarchical approach to networking, refer to Chapter 2.
Chapters 213 of this book are technology chapters that present detailed discussions about specific implementations of large-scale networks in the following environments:
Large-scale Internet Protocol (IP) networks
Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (IGRP) design
Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) design
IBM System Network Architecture (SNA) networks
Source-route bridging (SRB) design
Synchronous Data Link Control (SDLC) and serial tunnel (STUN), SDLC Logical Link Control type 2 (SDLLC), and Qualified Logical Link Control (QLLC) design
Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking (APPN) and data-link switching (DLSw) design
Packet service networks
Frame Relay design
Dial-on-demand routing (DDR) networks
In addition to these technology chapters, there are chapters on designing switched LAN networks, campus LANs, and networks for multimedia applications. The last 10 chapters of this book include case studies relating to the concepts learned in the previous chapters.