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The Art of Network Architecture: Business-Driven Design

art-of-network-arch-coverChesapeake NetCraftsmen is extremely pleased to announce the release of “The Art of Network Architecture: Business-Driven Design” co-authored by Denise Donohue and Russ White.  “The Art of Network Architecture” speaks to the blend of technical and business concerns that is so critical for today’s network architects and engineers to understand.  Business relevance is critical for modern networks, and the driving force behind network improvements and enhancements. The book aims to help readers create network design solutions that that align with business strategy, supporting as well as transforming the business, while accommodating future changes as smoothly as possible. It drills down into network structures and topologies, while helping you understand how the choice of technologies and design paradigms will impact your business.

Denise Donohue puts these skills and knowledge to work in her role as a Sr. Solutions Architect for Chesapeake NetCraftsmen. She has worked in IT since the mid-1990s, focusing on network design since 2004. She has designed for a wide range of networks, private and public, of all sizes, across most industries. Denise is author or co-author of numerous Cisco Press books, and recently achieved Cisco’s new Business Value Practitioner certification. Understanding, and accounting for, business realities is just one of the many valuable services that Denise and all of our NetCraftsmen engineers provide to our customers.

You can catch Denise at Cisco Live US as a panel member in “Your Future in Technology: Discover the Possibilities” sponsored by the Cisco Empowered Women’s Network. This panel of technology industry leaders will discuss exciting new technology career paths, ways to extend your network and uncover new opportunities, strategies for overcoming career challenges, and approaches for securing the technology job you’ve always wanted. She will also be signing books in the Cisco store at Cisco Live US on Wednesday, May 21st,  from 12:30 to 1:00. 

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Nick Kelly

Cybersecurity Engineer, Cisco

Nick has over 20 years of experience in Security Operations and Security Sales. He is an avid student of cybersecurity and regularly engages with the Infosec community at events like BSides, RVASec, Derbycon and more. The son of an FBI forensics director, Nick holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice and is one of Cisco’s Fire Jumper Elite members. When he’s not working, he writes cyberpunk and punches aliens on his Playstation.


Virgilio “BONG” dela Cruz Jr.

CCDP, CCNA V, CCNP, Cisco IPS Express Security for AM/EE
Field Solutions Architect, Tech Data

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.


John Cavanaugh

CCIE #1066, CCDE #20070002, CCAr
Chief Technology Officer, Practice Lead Security Services, NetCraftsmen

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.