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AToM is capable of interconnecting disparate network architecture Layer 2 protocols through Layer 2 interworking. In the context of pseudowire emulation. Figure shows the overview of an AToM packet. It also simplifies the operations on the transit routers. His breadth of industry knowledge, hands-on experience, and understanding of complex internetworking architectures enable him to provide a detailed insight into the new world of MPLS and its deployment.
He has led several engineering groups responsible for designing and implementing enterprise LANs and international IP networks. While working for a major international telecommunications company, his group was instrumental in developing an industry-leading service based on Cisco's MPLS solution. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Mark resides in northern Virginia with his wife, Betsy, and son, Paul.
Saeed Sardar is a software development and testing engineer working in the High Speed Switching group for Cisco Systems, responsible for all aspects of IOS services for catalyst family of products. His areas of specialty include Cisco Catalyst Multilayer switches, Cisco routers, intelligent LAN super cards, network protocols, and network operating systems. He was also kind enough to act as one of the reviewers of the first edition of this book, making sure that the book thoroughly and correctly covers all relevant MPLS aspects.
Every major project is a result of teamwork and this book is no exception. We'd like to thank everyone who helped us in the writing process—the editorial and production team from Cisco Press, including but not limited to Christopher Cleveland, John Kane, and Amy Lewis, as well as our technical reviewers, Mark Gallo, and Saeed Sardar.
Finally, this book would never have been written without the continuous support and patience of our families, especially our wives, Sadie and Karmen. In the meantime, the technology has matured to the stage where the majority of the forward-looking service providers use it to offer VPN services to their clients. Another significant change triggering the need for the second edition was the rollout of official service provider training by Cisco Systems.
Because the authors of the book were closely involved in the training material development, the "Implementing Cisco MPLS" course offered by Cisco Learning Solution Providers worldwide closely maps to the structure of this book, making the book an excellent companion to the course. The service-provider training rollout was accompanied with a new service-provider specific career certification schema, introducing two new career certifications: CCIP Certification Process To meet a growing need for skills and talent from the telecommunications sector, Cisco Systems has formulated a new certification track: Communications and Services.
The certifications identify talented professionals who can plan, design, implement, or operate New World service provider networks. Certification exams qualify individuals who demonstrate competencies in infrastructure or access solutions in a Cisco end-to-end.
The student must gain in-depth knowledge in a variety of service provider-related technologies and pass a number of written exams administered by Prometrics or VUE testing centers. The entire CCIP certification path with the MPLS VPN technology being chosen as the elective technology is summarized in the following table, which lists all exams, corresponding recommended training, and recommended Cisco Press books.