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Business Data Communications and Networking by Alan Dennis, Jerry FitzGerald

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Chapter 12. NETWORK DESIGN

NETWORK DESIGN

NETWORK MANAGERS perform two key tasks: (1) designing new networks and network upgrades and (2) managing the day-to-day operation of existing networks. This chapter examines network design. Network design is an interative process in which the designer examines users' needs, develops an initial set of technology designs, assesses their cost, and then revisits the needs analysis until the final network design emerges.

OBJECTIVES

  • Be familiar with the overall process of designing and implementing a network

  • Be familiar with techniques for developing a logical network design

  • Be familiar with techniques for developing a physical network design

  • Be familiar with network design principles

  • Understand the role and functions of network management software

  • Be familiar with several network management tools

CHAPTER OUTLINE

INTRODUCTION

  • The Traditional Network Design Process

  • The Building-Block Network Design Process

NEEDS ANALYSIS

  • Geographic Scope

  • Application Systems

  • Network Users

  • Categorizing Network Needs

  • Deliverables

TECHNOLOGY DESIGN

  • Designing Clients and Servers

  • Designing Circuits and Devices

  • Network Design Tools

  • Deliverables

COST ASSESSMENT

  • Request for Proposal

  • Selling the Proposal to Management

  • Deliverables

DESIGNING FOR NETWORK PERFORMANCE

  • Managed Networks

  • Network Circuits

  • Network Devices

  • Minimizing Network Traffic

IMPLICATIONS FOR MANAGEMENT

SUMMARY

INTRODUCTION

All but the smallest organizations ...

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