**Design your networks to successfully
manage their growing complexity**

Network professionals have often been told
that today’s modern control planes would simplify their
networks. The opposite has happened: Technologies like SDN and NFV,
although immensely valuable, are exacerbating complexity instead of
solving it. *Navigating Network Complexity* is the first
comprehensive guide to managing this complexity in both deployment
and day-to-day operations.

Russ White and Jeff Tantsura introduce modern complexity theory from the standpoint of the working network engineer, helping you apply it to the practical problems you face every day. Avoiding complex mathematical models, they show how to characterize network complexity, so you can understand it and control it.

The authors examine specific techniques and technologies associated with network control planes, including SDNs, fast reroute, segment routing, service chaining, and cloud computing. They reveal how each of these affects network design and complexity and help you anticipate causes of failure in highly complex systems.

Next, they turn to modern control planes, examining the fundamental operating principles of SDNs, such as OpenFlow and I2RS, network and other service function virtualization, content distribution networks, Layer 2 fabrics, and service chaining solutions. You’ll learn how each of these might both resolve and increase complexity in network design and operations and what you can do about it.

**Coverage includes:**

Defining complexity, understanding its components, and measuring it

Mastering a straightforward “state, speed, and surface” model for analyzing complexity

Controlling complexity in design, deployment, operations, protocols, and programmable networks

Understanding how complex network systems begin to fail and how to prevent failure

Recognizing complexity tradeoffs in service virtualization and service chaining

Managing new challenges of complexity in virtualized and cloud environments

Learning why constructs such as hierarchical design, aggregation, and protocol layering work and when they work best

Choosing the right models to contain complexity as your network changes

From start to finish, *Navigating Network
Complexity* helps you assess the true impact of new network
technologies, so they can capture more value with fewer
problems.

- About This E-Book
- Title Page
- Copyright Page
- About the Authors
- About the Technical Reviewers
- Dedications
- Acknowledgments
- Contents at a Glance
- Contents
- Introduction
- Chapter 1. Defining Complexity
- Chapter 2. Components of Complexity
- Chapter 3. Measuring Network Complexity
- Chapter 4. Operational Complexity
- Chapter 5. Design Complexity
- Chapter 6. Managing Design Complexity
- Chapter 7. Protocol Complexity
- Chapter 8. How Complex Systems Fail
- Chapter 9. Programmable Networks
- Chapter 10. Programmable Network Complexity
- Chapter 11. Service Virtualization and Service Chaining
- Chapter 12. Virtualization and Complexity
- Chapter 13. Complexity and the Cloud
- Chapter 14. A Simple Ending
- Index
- Code Snippets