Network systems programmers and managers, and MIS directors looking for a convenient, authoritative guide to international connectivity standards should find this handbook useful. It provides an international perspective on connectivity standards and covers practical day-to-day network management considerations, including implementation guidelines. Focusing on connectivity, networking, and communications, the handbook emphasises the major connectivity standards models in such areas as peer-to-peer communications, local area networks, high speed wide area networks, high speed fibre area networks, electronic mail, document interchange, electronic data interchange and communications protocols. Here, too, is coverage of all major proprietary standards, including IBM's SNA and DEC's DECNET, open standards such as OSI, TCP/IP, ISDN and many others. Each chapter focuses on a single standard, and practical examples throughout reinforce the book's user-friendly orientation.;This book should be of interest to network systems programmers and management information systems directors.