Top 10 networking textbooks for solution providers coming out in 2010

Networking textbooks are an invaluable source of information for networking solution providers, so we've made a list of the top 10 coming out in 2010. Peruse our list of networking textbooks on topics including network security, VoIP, unified communications, and network architecture.

By Elaine J. Hom, Associate Editor

While many networking solution providers are using the Web to get their tech know-how, there's still nothing like a solid networking textbook to organize what you need to know about a certain networking topic. Whether it be network design, network architecture, VoIP information, SIP trunking, or network security, there are some highly anticipated networking textbooks coming out through 2010. We've compiled a list of our top picks from for the top networking textbooks slated for release through 2010. Can't wait that long? Most are available for pre-order.

Penetration Testing: Procedures & Methodologies (Ec-Council Press Series: Certified Security Analyst) by EC-Council

Written by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council), this network security textbook helps prepare readers for the EC-Council Certified Security Analyst (E|CSA) certification. In this book, the authors cover network security in the form of firewall and intrusion detection system (IDS) penetration testing for all types of enterprise devices, ranging from laptops to cell phones. It has been available in paperback since March 3, 2010.

For more information on penetration testing, check out this network penetration testing guide from

SIP Trunking by Christina Hattingh, Darryl Sladden, and A.T.M. Zakaria Swapan

SIP trunking solutions are a lucrative addition to any networking solution provider's business portfolio, and this book is a complete guide to SIP trunking technology. It outlines the true benefits of SIP trunking, helping the reader separate fact from fiction, and provides detailed cost analyses. With this information, readers will be able to highlight the cost savings to a potential customer while also guaranteeing a quality SIP trunking solution. This will be available in hardcover on March 11, 2010.

For more information on SIP trunking, read this SIP trunking primer from

Cisco Unified Presence Fundamentals (Networking Technology: IP Communications) by Brian Morgan, Shane Lisenbea, and Michael Popovich

Presence allows your customers to manage their businesses with more agility and speed by providing real-time access and updates to all employees at any given time. In this book from Cisco Press, resellers will get a full guide on planning, deployment, configuration, managing, and even tips on how to sell Cisco Unified Presence. This will be available in paperback on April 12, 2010.

For more information on selling unified communications and collaboration services, check out this guide to selling VoIP and UC.

Network Mergers and Migrations: Junos Design and Implementation (Wiley Series on Communications Networking & Distributed Systems) by Gonzalo Gómez Herrero and Jan Antón Bernal Van der Ven

This reference on network mergers and migrations using the Junos operating system consists of internetworking case studies. The case studies are from both the enterprise and service provider points of view, covering network planning, design and implementation, as well as how to leverage additional services. Any networking solution provider that offers Junos services will find this book extremely useful in the field. It will be available in paperback on May 10, 2010.

For more information on merging networks, check out this story from on how to turn around a bad network that has been inherited through an acquisition or merger.

CWNA Certified Wireless Network Administrator & CWSP Certified Wireless Security Professional All-in-One Exam Guide (PWO-104 & PWO-204) by Tom Carpenter

The CWNA and the CWSP are two of the most popular certifications in the CNWP (Certified Network Wireless Professional) program. In this book, readers will cover what's important in both exams, including real-world scenarios and solutions, in a step-by-step format. The attached CD-ROM includes practice exams and video demonstrations. This is a great resource for any networking solution provider who is considering CWNA or CWSP certification or who just wants to brush up on the material. This book will be available in hardcover on June 8, 2010.

For more information on networking certifications, read this tip that outlines and lists vendor-neutral certifications.

TcL Scripting for Cisco IOS (Networking Technology) by John Lautman, Raymond Blair, and Arvind Durai

Automating tasks can help save time and money for a networking solution provider's customers by streamlining tasks that would normally take a network administrator hours per week. This book from Cisco Press shows how to use Tcl scripting language to automate tasks that include IOS router configuration, network monitoring and problem solving using any Cisco IOS environment. It will be available in paperback on June 14, 2010.

For more information on automating tasks, read this news story about professional services automation software on a cloud computing platform.

VoIP Performance Management and Optimization (Networking Technology: IP Communications) by Adeel Ahmed, Habib Madani, and Talal Siddiqui

When it comes to managing a customer's VoIP network, monitoring and troubleshooting problems in a large network is not an easy task. In this book from Cisco Press, the authors provide the most common problems from Cisco VoIP customers, VoIP deployment models with explanations and criticisms, and an approach to diagnosing problems in VoIP networks and finding the problems before service is affected. This book will be available in hardcover on June 21, 2010.

For more information on VoIP performance, take the quiz in our VoIP implementation and management study guide, packaged with other useful VoIP resources.

Patterns in Network Architecture: A Return to Fundamentals by John D. Day

This almost philosophical view of network architecture takes the reader through the unified theory of networking to a more scalable network infrastructure. The author shows how poorly constructed network architectures create common problems, and how to simplify and improve. This book will be available in paperback on June 25, 2010.

For more information on network architecture, read this Q&A about VoIP and video services as they affect network architecture.

Interconnecting Smart Objects with IP: The Next Internet by Jean-Philippe Vasseur and Adam Dunkels

Smart objects are changing the way enterprises operate, and networking solution providers need to keep up with the smart object revolution. This book examines IP-based smart objects and the architecture of networking these objects, as well as hardware, software and protocols. Case studies help the reader apply the concepts to real life. This book will be available in paperback on July 9, 2010.

For more information on mobile computing, check out this guide on offering mobile device management services.

Top-Down Network Design (3rd Edition) by Priscilla Oppenheimer

Network usage is changing as enterprises begin to rely on collaboration, video conferencing, and other, newer forms of data transfer. Network design needs to reflect these changes, and this book presents modern enterprise network design concepts. It guides solution providers who offer network design, showing them how to focus on application and user requirements and then select the right network design that reflects these requirements. Other information includes network design ideas for new business models, including electronic healthcare and campus networks. This book will be available in hardcover on August 30, 2010.

For more information on network design, peruse this checklist of six factors to consider when designing LANs.

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