Fiber-optic networking, on both small and large scales, has two significant advantages over traditional wire and wireless networks: optical signals can travel enormous distances without the need for amplification, and they provide enormous bandwidth, hundreds of times larger than that of other media. Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks is a reference guide for IT directors, network engineers, and other networking professionals looking to utilize the benefits of optical networking. It provides detailed information on configuring Metro Optical Transport Platforms, Packet over SONET and the network components of WDM and DWDM and their specifications. Based upon official Cisco training materials for the Building Cisco Metro Optical Networks course, this book may also be used as a study guide for students seeking CCIP certification with an emphasis on optical Metro and Core topics. The CD-ROM included with this title has a testing engine with over 200 questions for use in preparing for the CCIP Elective METRO Exam, as well as to measure concept retention. An electronic PDF of the book is also included on the CD-ROM. Readers should have a solid understanding of the technologies discussed in Building Scalable Cisco Networks and a good working knowledge of basic networking. Only Cisco Systems-approved materials of its kind. Students gain knowledge from the source of the exams, courses, and technology.The only Cisco Systems-approved books for foundation learning for the Cisco certification exams. Prepares students for the certification exam by learning from the only reliable source.Reviews of all concepts covered on the exam. Prepares students and snsures that they do not need to go to a secondary source for further study prior to sitting for the exam.Extensive use of quizzes, practice questions and scenarios. Provides a large resource of progression testing to insure material comprehension.Packed with case studies that foster an understanding of the application of the concepts. Provides real-world examples to better show the application of theory in real-world environment.