Books for the NOC guys...

Howard C. Berkowitz hcb at
Fri Apr 2 13:00:50 CDT 2010

Well, speaking as one who wrote an ISP-specific, although not NOC-specific book about a
decade ago, it doesn't seem as if there is a commercial motivation to update them. For the
record, it's _Building Service Provider Networks_ (Wiley, 2001), and I'm proud of it.

Nevertheless, I'm not opposed to trying to create updated open-source guidance.  I do a
good deal of work with, a real-name Wiki that is trying to reach
critical mass. Anybody interested in collaborating?  

I'd actually started more on RPSL and peering than first-tier ops, but hadn't done
anything more for lack of activity there. Certainly, I could port some of my NANOG
tutorials, not that I have the PPT for many but just the PDF.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Robert E. Seastrom [mailto:rs at]
> Sent: Friday, April 02, 2010 8:09 AM
> To: nanog at
> Subject: Books for the NOC guys...
> This morning I went digging for a book to recommend that someone in
> our NOC read in order to understand at a high level how Internet
> infrastructure works (bgp, igps, etc) and discovered that the old
> standbys (Huitema, Halabi, Perlman) have all not been updated in a
> decade or so.
> On the one hand, they're all still quite relevant since there hasn't
> been anything really earth-shattering in that department, but they are
> all going to be lean to nonexistent on stuff like IPv6 and NLRI negotiation.
> So, what are you having your up-and-coming NOC staff read?
> Thanks,
> -r

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