Service Provider Transformation
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Service Provider Transformation
The New Gold Standard MPLS Resource
Feb 17, 2016

When experts hare their knowledge, we benefit twice: their experience guides our professional development, their sharing is a model to emulate. Today I turn the spotlight on two network and cloud experts who are sharing their know-how with the world, Antonio ‘Ato’ Sanchez-Monge and Krzysztof Grzegorz Szarkowicz.


Ato and Krzysztof have several decades of telecom industry experience between them; they have each earned CCIE and JNCIE certifications, and have participated in the design, deployment and ongoing operation of some of the largest and most complex MPLS networks in the world.


Recently they collaborated to write MPLS in the SDN Era: Interoperable Scenarios to Make Networks Scale to New Services. The book discusses MPLS fundamentals and evolution, and includes services and architectures as EVPN, NFV, Seamless MPLS, Egress Protection, External Path Computation, and more.  At 980 pages, it contains over 100 Illustrations and dozens of use cases.


There is no shortage of books on networking, so I asked them what makes this book special.


“In our experience, networking books fall into one of two categories, either theory books or vendor specific books” Krzysztof said. “Good theory books provide comprehensive information on technology, but lack real-world deployment details.”


Ato chimed in. “On the other hand, vendor specific books dive deep on configuration, operation, and verification procedures for a single vendor, which is necessary, but limited. Not only is the technology foundation missing, but the reality is, service providers have multi-vendor networks.”


“Our book bridges the gap” Kryzsztof continued. “We present theory to help readers understand the real-world configurations we provide. And, equally important, all the configurations are provided in both Cisco's IOS XR and Juniper's Junos OS syntax. We worked with Cisco and Juniper experts to ensure interoperability, and we also provide ‘how to’ troubleshooting details. 


Cisco and Juniper are represented in about 75% of service provider networks, so this approach meets the practical needs of the broadest audience. They focused concrete information to help readers get the most out of a multivendor MPLS network.  “Engineers need facts, not vendor bias,” said Ato.


Ato suggests that you will get the most out of the book if you have a network to practice with. And, the good news: it doesn’t need to be physical network. “You can use the Juniper  vMX or the virtual version of Cisco IOS XRv to build your network topology,” Ato said. “In fact, many examples in the book were prepared and tested using a virtual environment.”


“We wrote the book that we wished we had at every point in our career,” said Krzysztof. “You can read it cover to cover or go straight to a chapter to learn more about a specific topic.  It spans the needs of experienced network engineers evaluating the latest implementation options, and students that need a practical guide to modern multi-vendor networks.”


You can find paper and eBook editions of the book at O’Reilly Media, paper and Kindle editions can be found on Amazon.