Network Design Case
Drop and Forge is a manufacturing firm having 200 employees with a 120-computer network on its Toledo, Ohio, campus. The company has one very large manufacturing plant with an adjacent five-story office building comprising 100 rooms. The office building houses 100 computers, with additional 20 computers in the plant. The current network is old and needs to be replaced.
The new network will house a data center, the e-commerce edge and 12 printers. 10 printers will be installed in the different rooms of the office building, while the other two are to be installed in the plant. Employees will be allowed to bring their mobile devices (e.g., smart phones, tablets) to work and use them to access required information such as their work email, required documents and Internet.
Note, there are no other campuses, so you can omit WAN access.
There are two parts of the requirements for this assignment – a) Report and b) Presentation. Hand drawn layouts for both logical and physical designs are fine. However, if you like, you
would use ConceptDraw or SmartDraw or any other network design software to draw the layout of logical and physical network designs.
The report should be no more than 10 pages and needs to consider the following design tasks:
T1. Using the building-block network design process, develop a logical design of the new network for this enterprise campus that considers the seven network architecture components. Remember to consider the expected growth of the company. For the logical design, you need to consider the following items:
T2. Design the physical design of the network based on the logical design completed in Task T1. Note, you do not need to develop any alternative design. For the physical design, you need to consider the following items:
T3. You will make some assumptions; therefore, document your assumptions and explain why you have designed the network in this way.
T4. It is very important for you to explain to senior management that there will be significant business benefits derived from continuing to grow the network.
Explain in detail what some of these will be.
You need to produce presentation consisting of eight PowerPoint slides based on your report and the relevant assessment criteria. The presentation time is 10 minutes. The presentations will be given in Week 12 normally in the timetabled tutorial.
Online students can provide the presentations through either an appropriate online video conferencing technique (e.g., Skype) or adding voice-over to their PowerPoint presentation slides.
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