The Essential Network Architecture Books for Network Engineers

The Essential Network Architecture Books for Network Engineers

Solutions Review compiles the most essential books on network architecture that network engineers need to add to their reading list.

Are you a network engineer or architect looking to gain more knowledge in your area of expertise? Books, whether hardcover or digital, are an excellent source for people looking to learn about a specific field of technology, and network architecture is no exception. We’ve listed the most essential books on network architecture that you should add to your reading list. These books are intended for beginners and experts alike and are written by authors with proficiency and/or recognition in the field of network architecture.

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Architecture of Network Systems

by Dimitrios Serpanos and Tilman Wolf

Architecture of Network Systems explains the practice and methodologies that will allow you to solve a broad range of problems in system design, including problems related to security, quality of service, performance, manageability, and more. Leading researchers Dimitrios Serpanos and Tilman Wolf develop architectures for all network sub-systems, bridging the gap between operation and VLSI.”


The Art of Network Architecture

by Russ White and Denise Donohue

“Two leading enterprise network architects help you craft solutions that are fully aligned with business strategy, smoothly accommodate change, and maximize future flexibility. Russ White and Denise Donohue guide network designers in asking and answering the crucial questions that lead to elegant, high-value solutions. Carefully blending business and technical concerns, they show how to optimize all network interactions involving flow, time, and people.”


Computer Networking: The Complete Guide to Understanding Wireless Technology, Network Security, Computer Architecture and Communications Systems (Including Cisco, CCNA and CCENT)

by Michael B. White

“Are you pursuing a field that requires at least some knowledge of computer networking? Do you wish to learn about the future of networking and how electronics function? If this is true, then this is the guide for you. While other shorter books do not include ALL concepts, this book dives deep into the subject matter so that nothing is left out. Beginners, intermediate learners and advanced users have all learned from this guide. The book is designed to be an easy read that simplifies concepts as much as possible.”


Patterns in Network Architecture: A Return to Fundamentals

by John Day

“Beginning with the seven fundamental, and still unanswered, questions identified during the ARPANET’s development, Patterns in Network Architecture returns to bedrock and traces our experience both good and bad. Along the way, [John Day] uncovers overlooked patterns in protocols that simplify design and implementation and resolves the classic conflict between connection and connectionless while retaining the best of both.”


Prometheus Up & Running: Infrastructure and Application Performance Monitoring

by Brian Brazil

“Get up to speed with Prometheus, the metrics-based monitoring system used by tens of thousands of organizations in production. This practical guide provides application developers, sysadmins, and DevOps practitioners with a hands-on introduction to the most important aspects of Prometheus, including dashboarding and alerting, direct code instrumentation, and metric collection from third-party systems with exporters.


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Service Provider Networks: Design and Architecture Perspective

by Orhan Ergun

“This book will give you a High Level of overview of the Service Provider Network Design and Architecture. It talks about the unique aspects of Service Provider networks, different types of Service Providers and the business relationships between them. It covers the Service Providers services, different last mile access offerings and transport networks, and their subscribers and services.”


SNMP, SNMPv2, and RMON: Practical Network Management

by William Stallings

“SNMP is the most widely-deployed TCP/IP network management standard […] You will find clear explanations of such general network management fundamentals as performance monitoring and security control, as well as a specific introduction to SNMP network management concepts and information. Both SNMPv1 and SNMPv2 are described in depth. RMON2, the latest version of the Remote Network Monitoring management utility, is thoroughly documented, including practical techniques for its effective application.”


Switch/Router Architectures: Shared-Bus and Shared-Memory Based Systems

by James Aweya

“This book delves into the inner workings of router and switch design in a comprehensive manner that is accessible to a broad audience. It begins by describing the role of switch/routers in a network, then moves on to the functional composition of a switch/router. A comparison of centralized versus distributed design of the architecture is also presented. The author discusses the use of bus versus shared-memory for communication within a design, and also covers Quality of Service (QoS) mechanisms and configuration tools.”


System Architecture: Strategy and Product Development for Complex Systems

by Edward Crawley, Bruce Cameron, and Daniel Selva

“System architecture is the study of early decision making in complex systems. This text teaches how to capture experience and analysis about early system decisions, and how to choose architectures that meet stakeholder needs, integrate easily, and evolve flexibly. With case studies written by leading practitioners, from hybrid cars to communications networks to aircraft, this text showcases the science and art of system architecture.”


Systems Architecture

by Stephen D. Burd

“Discover the most comprehensive introduction to information systems hardware and software in business today with SYSTEMS ARCHITECTURE, 7E. This new edition remains an indispensable tool for your strong foundation in IS (Information Systems) as the book emphasizes a managerial, broad systems perspective that provides a holistic approach to systems architecture. Thorough updates throughout this edition ensure all concepts, examples, and applications reflect the very latest new technologies.”


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Daniel Hein

Dan is a tech writer who writes about Enterprise Cloud Strategy and Network Monitoring for Solutions Review. He graduated from Fitchburg State University with a Bachelor's in Professional Writing. You can reach him at dhein@solutionsreview.com
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