By stretch | Friday, August 8, 2008 at 3:16 a.m. UTC
Wouldn't it be nice if there was an archive of detailed best practices guidelines for each aspect of building a network? And, dare we dream, even free? Fortunately, Cisco has such a hidden little stockpile of knowledge: documents detailing all the various aspects of network design. They call them Solution Reference Network Design guides, or SRNDs.
The acronym is a bit of a kludge, but the content is pretty impressive. Cisco publishes SRNDs on many diverse topics related to network planning and implementation. Subjects range from enterprise routing to wireless to quality of service to the data center. The documents, most of which are available in PDF format, vary in size from fifteen-minute reviews to short books. Each reads like a cross between a study guide and a whitepaper, maintaining an appropriate level of technical depth while avoiding too much dry wording.
I've found the SRNDs also make great supplementary study material, and provide very real examples of technologies being deployed to meet business needs. From what I've read, the authors also stay appreciably distant from market speak or sales pitching.
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Jeremy Stretch is a network engineer living in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area. He is known for his blog and cheat sheets here at Packet Life. You can reach him by email or follow him on Twitter.
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August 8, 2008 at 4:48 a.m. UTC
Great find! I am sure I will find some use of this information in the near future. Thanks!
August 8, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. UTC
Thanks Stretch!! Really helpful site.
August 8, 2008 at 2:53 p.m. UTC
This is exactly what I've been looking for for several weeks. Thanks!
August 10, 2008 at 11:20 p.m. UTC
Hey Stretch any recommendations on any particularly good SRND's you have read?
August 14, 2008 at 11:32 a.m. UTC
I also find the "Cisco On Cisco" guides to be useful in some cases: http://www.cisco.com/web/about/ciscoitatwork/tech_tutorial/index.html
August 18, 2008 at 2:41 p.m. UTC
And, the "Cisco Validated Design Program"