Book: Definitive MPLS Designs (Cisco Press)

Terry Slattery
Principal Architect

Friend and associate Pete Welcher at NetCraftsmen indicates that the new Cisco Press book Definitive MPLS Designs, by Jim Guichard, François Le Faucheur, and Jean-Philippe Vasseur, is an outstanding book.  Pete says: “What really made the book for me was the pockets of QoS throughout. … This book states what the QoS policy intent is and then talks through implementing it, complete with useful config snippets.”  Since MPLS is replacing almost all WAN connectivity, this book is going to be a very useful source of practical information.

Pete is an excellent source of all sorts of useful networking information.  He’s one of the early CCIEs and was one of the premier instructors at Chesapeake back in the late 1990s. He has a lot of networking articles posted .  NetCraftsmen is a group of excellent networking people who do high-end consulting.  If you’re looking for someone who can figure out something that others have failed to do, then they’re who you want to call.  They aren’t cheap — but they are good value because they are good.  Even if they have to learn some new technology, they learn it faster than anyone else I’ve seen.



Re-posted with Permission 

NetCraftsmen would like to acknowledge Infoblox for their permission to re-post this article which originally appeared in the Applied Infrastructure blog under


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Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

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Virgilio “Bong” has sixteen years of professional experience in IT industry from academe, technical and customer support, pre-sales, post sales, project management, training and enablement. He has worked in Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) as a member of the WAN and LAN Switching team. Bong now works for Tech Data as the Field Solutions Architect with a focus on Cisco Security and holds a few Cisco certifications including Fire Jumper Elite.


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John is our CTO and the practice lead for a talented team of consultants focused on designing and delivering scalable and secure infrastructure solutions to customers across multiple industry verticals and technologies. Previously he has held several positions including Executive Director/Chief Architect for Global Network Services at JPMorgan Chase. In that capacity, he led a team managing network architecture and services.  Prior to his role at JPMorgan Chase, John was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco working across a number of verticals including Higher Education, Finance, Retail, Government, and Health Care.

He is an expert in working with groups to identify business needs, and align technology strategies to enable business strategies, building in agility and scalability to allow for future changes. John is experienced in the architecture and design of highly available, secure, network infrastructure and data centers, and has worked on projects worldwide. He has worked in both the business and regulatory environments for the design and deployment of complex IT infrastructures.