HOUR 11Selecting Network Hardware and Software

What You’ll Learn in This Hour:

Key factors in selecting network hardware and software

Additional guidance on servers, routers, and NOSs

Ethernet considerations

Pros and cons of client/server and peer-to-peer networks

The network “bottleneck”

As you see from its title, this hour is devoted to the topic of selecting the hardware and software for your up-and-coming network. Of course, in many situations (and emphasized in Hour 10, “Designing a Network”), an enterprise will already have one or more networks in place. Nowadays, it’s rare to come across a company meandering along in a nonnetworking environment. So, be aware that this hour pertains to creating new networks as well as upgrading ...

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