3Michael Computer Network.docx - Running head Computer Network ITM 5100 OA S1 Michael Bethel Webster University Computer Network 2 Abstract Network

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Running head: Computer Network ITM 5100 OA S1 Michael Bethel Webster University
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Computer Network 2 Abstract Network designers ensure that our communications networks can adjust and scale to the demands for new services. To support our network-based economy, designers must work to create networks that are available nearly 100 percent of the time. Information network security must be designed to automatically fend off unexpected security incidents. Using hierarchical network design principles and an organized design methodology, designers create networks that are both manageable and supportable.
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Computer Network 3 Introduction When designing a new computer network, whether for five people or 500, it's important to weigh the needs and desires of those who will be using the network with the budget of those who will be paying for it. Some important things to consider that may not be on anyone's wish list include balancing security issues with the desire for easy access to information; building redundancy into the network in anticipation of breakdowns; and standardizing hardware and software to keep maintenance costs in check. In case something terrible happens, a disaster recovery plan should be in place. In case things go well for the organization, room for future growth should be built into the network design. Connectivity and Security Network connectivity today means more than Ethernet cables and wireless access points. People today are more connected while mobile than ever before and many of them want access to company email and data while they are out of the office. Balancing those needs while maintaining security is a challenge that needs to be addressed in the design phase of any network. This includes where data is stored, either in-house or offsite with cloud-based solutions, what types of information should be accessible, who should be able to access it, and which types of devices should be included. Firewalls and access servers need to be secure without slowing down operations. Redundancy Redundancy means having backup devices in place for any mission-critical components in the network. Even small organizations should consider using two servers. Two identical servers, for
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  • Spring '13
  • Clark
  • Computer network, Wireless access point, Webster University, Communications Networks, Michael Bethel

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