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Designing Wide Area Networks and Internetworks: A Practical Guide by J. Scott Marcus

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2. The Internetwork Design Process: Overview

How does a modern internetwork progress from concept to realization? There does not appear to be an industry consensus. Indeed, the number of processes that have been attempted is only slightly less than the number of internetworks that have been built or attempted!

There is no single right way to go about the design process. The approach in this book is to describe a workable and adequate process that can be applied to a wide range of situations.

The remainder of the book is organized around this internetwork design process, proceeding in a top-down fashion from greatest abstraction to greatest specificity. In doing so, I have attempted to present specific techniques at the point in the design process ...

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