This is the eBook version of the printed book.
The complete guide to using testing to minimize risk and reduce downtime in advanced enterprise networks
When, what, and exactly how to test new products, solutions, and advanced technologies
Authoritative answers to common questions about enterprise network testing, from test planning and resources to test outsourcing
Includes sample test plans for branches, WANs/MANs, data centers, and campuses, as well as specific guidance for testing many network technologies
Enterprise networks are rapidly evolving from "plumbing" into intelligent business application platforms. IT Managers must now meet business-driven Service Level Agreements, and testing has become crucial to meeting the expectation of near-zero downtime. Now, there's a comprehensive guide to all facets of enterprise network testing, not just security. Cisco enterprise consultants Andy Sholomon and Tom Kunath offer a complete blueprint that shows organizations when, what, and exactly how to test new products, solutions, and advanced technologies. Enterprise Network Testing presents best-practice methodologies and guidelines for both network system and solutions testing, helping professionals systematically minimize the risks of incurring downtime in new deployments by executing methodical test plans. The authors first explain how different levels of network testing can be leveraged to meet specific business goals. Drawing on their extensive experience with enterprise clients, they show how to build testing proofs of content; test features; test to ensure that a network is ready for use; and test both migration and security. Test plan samples are provided for key network locations including branches, WANs/MANs, the data center, and the campus. The authors also offer specific guidance on testing each of these technologies: MPLS/VPN, QOS, VoIP, video, security/IPSec VPNs, advanced routing (OSPF, EIGRP, BGP), and SANs.