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Building Service-Aware Networks: The Next-Generation WAN/MAN Hardcover – Sep 16 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Cisco Press; 1 edition (Sept. 16 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587057883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1587057885
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 2.2 x 23.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 703 g
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From the Back Cover

Building Service-Aware Networks

The Next-Generation WAN/MAN


Muhammad Afaq Khan, CCIE® No. 9070



A thorough introduction to the ASR 1000 series router



Building Service-Aware Networksis the insider's guide to the next-generation Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000. Authored by a leading Cisco® expert, this book offers practical, hands-on coverage for the entire system lifecycle, including planning, setup and configuration, migration, and day-to-day management.


Muhammad Afaq Khan systematically introduces the ASR 1000's evolved architecture, showing how the ASR 1000 can deliver major performance and availability improvements in tomorrow's complex, collaborative, mobile, and converged network environments. Then, to help you plan your network deployments more effectively, the author walks you through realistic deploy-ment scenarios for IP routing, IP services, WAN optimization services, security services, and unified communications. He presents a wide variety of realistic, easy-to-adapt configuration examples for enterprise and provider inetworks, including everything from command-line interface (CLI) snippets to best practices for troubleshooting.



  • Understand tomorrow's enterprise business requirements, the demand they create for routing infrastructure, and how the ASR 1000 meets them
  • Leverage the ASR 1000's revolutionary system architecture to dramatically improve performance and availability
  • Select and qualify an enterprise edge platform for next-generation WANs
  • Understand ASR 1000 series architecture, hardware, software, packaging, licensing, and releases
  • Perform initial ASR 1000 setup and configuration
  • Implement In Service Software Upgrades (ISSU)
  • Size routers for enterprise and carrier environments
  • Consolidate multiple applications, platforms, and functions onto the ASR 1000
  • Troubleshoot ASR 1000 common system error messages, step by step


This book is part of the Networking Technology Series from Cisco Press®, which offers networking professionals valuable information for constructing efficient networks, understanding new technologies, and building successful careers.


Category: Networking

Covers: Routing and Switching


About the Author

Muhammad Afaq Khan, CCIE No. 9070, attended the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Karachi, Pakistan, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in computer systems. After finishing at NEDUET, Afaq worked for various start-ups as a C/C++/Web programmer. From 2001 to date, Afaq has been with Cisco both in post-sales technical support and technical/product marketing roles. Currently, Afaq works as a senior technical marketing engineer for the Cisco Edge Routing Business Unit, focusing on both inbound and outbound marketing for Cisco ASR 1000 series routers. Afaq is also a sought-after speaker at the Cisco WW Networkers event and many other similar technical seminars. He holds three CCIEs in the areas of routing, security, and service provider technologies. He also holds multiple patents in the area of computer networking. Afaq lives with his wife and son in Santa Clara, California.


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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive user manual Oct. 10 2009
By W Boudville - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is essentially an extended user's manual for Cisco's recent Aggregation Service Router 1000. It puts the need and use of it in the context of running a private network that has to hook into a larger public network, which is typically the Internet. Thus the early chapters can be profitably read as general guidelines about finding the network hardware needed for your data center. Suggestions are proferred about the desirable features or functionality.

Most of the book goes into the specifics of the ASR 1000 family of routers. You are assumed to be the system administrator tasked with installing and running these products.

Each router runs linux; possibly because it was cheaper and easier for Cisco. It is unclear from the narrative how extensively Cisco modified the operating system. But this is mostly moot to you as a sysadmin. Any changes or fixes to modules would come from Cisco.

The book also shows that Cisco has gone headlong into supporting IPv6. Even though the full Internet has stalled in its migration, some customers may want to run v6 on their subnets and the ASR 1000 can handle this. Note that the text does talk extensively about Quality of Service as implemented by the ASR 1000. This appears to be different from the intrinsic QoS allowed by v6.
5.0 out of 5 stars An Expanded User Manual Feb. 15 2010
By John Matlock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book covers every aspect of the Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 1000. It begins with the initial planning and then goes through the setup, configuration, migration, and day-to-day management. The author shows by example how the ASR 1000 can be used for a variety of tasks connected with making a secure and reliable network.

Essentially this book is an expanded and well written users manual. It isn't quite as dry and boring as the technical manual but still manages to cover the information you need to get the most out of the device.
5.0 out of 5 stars A pick for any advanced computer library strong in networking specifics Jan. 11 2010
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Building Service-Aware Networks: The Next-Generation WAN/MAN provides an insider's guide to next-generation ASR 1000, and is written by a Cisco expert who offers practical coverage for the entire system, from planning and setup to daily management. The AST 10000's architecture and major performance points are covered in chapters considering implementation, qualifying an enterprise, and more. A pick for any advanced computer library strong in networking specifics.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book then and now! Dec 17 2014
By Network Hobo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is from 2009 I still find it very relevant for learning about the inner workings of the ASR 1000 series. I see many people implementing the ASR 1K platform without a full grasp of the technology and therefor they misuse or do not take full advantage of the platform. This book will definitely show you all of the architecture. I also found it a very easy read and not as "dry" as other Cisco books. Very fast moving and informative!
3.0 out of 5 stars Helpful May 10 2014
By TruRev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is just a easier to read version of the manual which is available for free online. It served its purpose but I wouldn't buy it if I wasn't reimbursed.