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Network design document

Assume that you are a very innovative and creative person and have just thought of a great business idea. Now, to convert the business idea to actual business profits, you have to set up an office that will run your business.

Since your business idea has really took off, your business office will need to have all the usual parts of a business (Accounting, HR etc.) You have hired a total of 10 employees to work in this office in various functions and capacity.
You have bought and old warehouse with no network infrastructure and you have to design a network that will properly serve the business needs of your new office.

However, before you can install the network and have your business operating smoothly, you need to submit a network design document not exceeding five, one and half spaced, 12 point font, to the local government bureaucrats to get their
approval.

The network design document should have the following (feel free to add more â?" more information is better than less):

â?¢ What kind of network do you propose? Why?
â?¢ What devices would your network support (workstations, printers etc)? How many of each?
â?¢ What kind of Internet connectivity would you use? What bandwidth? Router?
â?¢ Would you need IP addresses? Static or dynamic? How many?
â?¢ How will your network be managed? Do you need any specialized devices to manage your network?
â?¢ How are you ensuring that the network is scalable and will be able to grow along with your business without a complete re-design.
â?¢ Any other important consideration in network design and operation.

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I have included as much information as I can see will guide you to being able to compose the network design document.

Below, I have copied your request so that I may take it apart to guide you as to what information is needed. My answers are after the '>' you see:

A) Since your business idea has really took off, your business office will need to have all the usual parts of a business (Accounting, HR etc.) You have hired a total of 10 employees to work in this office in various functions and capacity.

> This part requires you to analyze what departments your company will have. Normally, the usual departments are human resources, staff (secretarial & clerks), accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory, purchasing, warehouse, facilities, payroll, customer support, information technology, and executive management. You know that you will have 10 employees to work in this office, but you could be expanding in the future.

B) You have bought and old warehouse with no network infrastructure and you have to design a network that will properly serve the business needs of your new office.

> Moving forward here you need to analyze what hardware, software, and connectivity you will need. Since it appears that your will have one building at this point, you might want to still consider if you expand. The issue with expansion is the state of the art is fiber optics but it is very expensive. Since you are just starting out, it would make sense to stay reserved in costs.

C) However, before you can install the network and have your business ...

Solution Summary

Supplies answers in detail for all the following questions:
What kind of network do you propose? Why?
> What devices would your network support (workstations, printers etc)? How many of each?
> What kind of Internet connectivity would you use? What bandwidth? Router?
> Would you need IP addresses? Static or dynamic? How many?
> How will your network be managed? Do you need any specialized devices to manage your network?

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