Metro Area Networking

Paperback | October 23, 2002

byShepard

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Broadband in the Metro Area has proven to be telecom's one bright spot in 2001 - all the long haul backbone capacity in the world does you no good if you can't move your data through the Metro bottleneck. But service providers are wrestling with all manner of technology choices (SONET? DWDM? Ethernet? The coming 10Gig Ethernet?), and also face the challenge of easily and effectively accessing SANs and VPNs. Quality of service issues are crucial in recruiting and maintaining customers Steven Shepard lays bare the tricks and traps awaiting service providers in the metro area space, detailing the technological challenges and opportunities in his trademark lucid, humorous prose.

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Broadband in the Metro Area has proven to be telecom's one bright spot in 2001 - all the long haul backbone capacity in the world does you no good if you can't move your data through the Metro bottleneck. But service providers are wrestling with all manner of technology choices (SONET? DWDM? Ethernet? The coming 10Gig Ethernet?), and a...

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GET "SHEPARDED" TO THE REAL DEAL ON MANsPromising delivery of backbone-size bandwidth locally, where it's needed, the metro area glows with vast profit potential--and some of the most brazen hype and outrageously confusing counterclaims in communications. Now Steven Shepard puts things in focus. One of tech's top writers, Shepard bring...

Steven Shepard (Williston, VT) is a professional writer and educator specializing in international telecommunications. He has written and taught technical courses on a broad range of topics around the globe. He is the author of several books, including Telecommunications Convergence and Optical Networking Demystified.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 23, 2002Publisher:McGraw-HillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0071399143

ISBN - 13:9780071399142

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

PART 1: A LESSON IN MEDIEVAL HISTORY

The Evolution of Modern Networks

Further Diversification

Core Versus Edge: A Few Words

The Birth of Metro

Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)

Switched Multimegabit Data Service (SMDS)

The Maturing Metro Market

Metro Market Segments

Carrier-Class Ethernet

MPLS/GMPLS-Enabled Networks

DWDM

The Next-Generation Intelligent Network

Network Management

An Aside: Resilient Packet Ring (RPR)

Anatomy of the Metro Network: The Edge

The Multiservice Metro Network

Network Inversion

Cisco's Central Role

The Metro Network: Access

Anatomy of the Metro Network: The Core

Optical Burst Switching

Freespace Optics

synchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)

Metro Topologies

Point-to-Point Architectures

Ring Architectures

Summary

PART 2: THE METRO NETWORK

What is a Metro Network?

Metro Touch Points

Long-Haul Networks

Access Networks

The Metro Area Itself

The Evolving Metro Network

Metro Demographics

Regulatory Impacts

Likely Regulatory Solutions

Summary

PART 3: ENABLING TECHNOLOGIES

Introduction

Overview and Terminology

Ethernet Services

Ethernet: A Brief History

Phase Two: Xerox and DEC

The Arrival of Fast Ethernet

Full-Duplex Ethernet

Up the Stack: The Ethernet Physical Layer

The Arrival of Fast Ethernet (100BaseT)

One Step Up: Gigabit Ethernet (1000BaseT)

10-Gigabit Ethernet

Ethernet Summary

Service Providers

Alternative Premises Schemes

Access Technologies

Marketplace Realities

ISDN

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL)

Cable-Based Access Technologies

Wireless Access Technologies

Transport Technologies

Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)

Optical Networking

Putting It All Together

Fiber Nonlinearities

Intermodulation Effects

Optical Amplification

Optical Receivers

Dense Wavelength: Division Multiplexing (DWDM)

Course Wavelength Division Multiplexing (CWDM)

Optical Switching and Routing

Switching Versus Routing: What's the Difference?

Switching in the Optical Domain

Multipoint Circuit Support

Nonintrusive Monitoring

New Services

Transporting Subrate Payloads: Virtual Tributaries

SDH Nomenclature

Metro Networking: SONET and Ethernet

Summary

PART 4: METRO APPLICATIONS

Corporate Evolution

The Importance of Corporate Knowledge

The ERP Process

Data Mining

Knowledge Management

Obstacles to Effective Knowledge Management

Managing Quality of Service (QoS)

An Aside: The SLA

Supply-Chain Issues

ERP in the Telecomm Space

Customer Relationship Management (CRM)

Putting It All Together

Network Management in Metro Networks

Summary

PART 5: PLAYERS IN THE METRO GAME

Component Manufacturers

The Component Players

Systems Manufacturers

Service Provider Issues

CONCLUSION

APPENDIX A: COMMON INDUSTRY ACRONYMS

APPENDIX B: GLOSSARY

INDEX