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Cisco Networking Simplified, Second Edition by Paul Della Maggiora, Neil Anderson, Jim Doherty

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Chapter . Branch Office Network Designs

Highly centralized companies typically have large centralized networks at one or a few locations. This allows you to locate your network staff centrally and focus on the service level of one or a couple campus networks.

This was the typical network of the past, with one or a few rather large headquarters locations. If branch offices were required, they typically were connected to the headquarters location. They provided minimal services, usually just a nightly synchronization or upload of the day’s transactions, so that the mother ship could track the progress of sales, inventory, and other important data. Many companies just had dialup connections, used to upload “batch” data overnight and download new information ...

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