Thursday, May 16, 2013

[book review] Juniper Networks Warriors

Taking a break from all the SDN/POX/OpenFlow from the last few weeks, I have the pleasure of reviewing Juniper Networks Warriors today.

Title: Juniper Networks Warror
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Product Details:
http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920022978.do

I really like this book. I have held a number of different posts in networking, and can related to the analogy of a 'Network Warrior'. Heck, the title even rhymes with my blog title, right? This is a no-none-sense, practical-approach, real-world-example kind of a book. This book assumes you are familiar with the technologies discussed, or at least have some passing knowledge, and dive directly into the design, trade-offs, and implementation details. I personally enjoyed this approach. The configuration syntax is not nearly as important as the design implications and result. This book also touches on Layer 8 and Layer 9 (money and politics) when facing networking projects, that is a reality of any network engineers.

The bottom line is that if you are deploying a project similar to any of the examples, especially using Juniper gears, this book is probably worth its weight in gold for you. It will probably save you time and effort right away. But even if you are not using Juniper gears described in the book, it is still worth your while to see the design process, be familiar with the product offerings from Juniper, and be prepared to have this tool in the bag if needed.

I would highly recommend this book to any inspired 'network warriors'.



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