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 Assignment 5: Technical Term Paper
Due Week 10 and worth 150 points

The Technical Term Paper will include the detailed response to the network design request. The document will be submitted in MS Word and will be between 10-15 pages with graphics embedded within the document.

Background

You are a small network design company called Wide-IP that is looking for that big break. As the CTO of the Wide-IP company, you recently made a persuasive presentation of your company's approach to designing networks at a large industry event. The CEO of Fiction Corporation, a large retail chain, was impressed by your presentation. It looks like you've finally got your break! You have a small team of 10 technically proficient staffers with a strong background in project management, networking, and internetworking skills that include PMP, Network+, CCNP, and CISSP credentials.

You have been selected by Fiction Corporation to develop a network design document and plan without an RFP.

Overview

Fiction Corporation, a large national retail chain of 10,000 employees and 500 retail outlets, is migrating its one primary data center operation to a new headquarters building several miles away. The company wishes to upgrade its network and correct any security flaws in its infrastructure as part of this move. The Fiction CEO has informed you that the capital budget for this migration cannot exceed $500,000 and must not interrupt business operations. What follows is a brief background that will serve as your foundation in developing the network design.

The data in the center supports remote retail locations, an off-site 100 seat call center and 3 remote warehousing operations 24 hours a day with annual uptime at 99.9%. Any significant downtime to its production systems would impact Fiction Corporation's operations and profitability. From the data processing viewpoint, the move includes 2 large UPS, 4 RS/6000 AIX application servers, 10 virtualized servers and 20 PC servers.

The network consists of approximately 500 remote location retail stores connected via frame relay (with ISDN backup) to 10 routers at the data center running a common LAN shared by the entire organization. The retail operations also run WLANs that are on its own subnet. You will have a T1 link and ISDN as a primary backup. Network managers also need to monitor the status of remote systems. The SNMP management system must be able to detect and report failure of the remote system or its communications link and the status of individual applications.

The company wishes a seamless migration that minimizes impact to its customers and employees. Any gaps in this background will require you to make sound technical and persuasive assumptions that satisfy the customer's goals that are within the budget guidelines.

You were selected in part due to your detailed analysis and agreement to an implementation cost that will not exceed $500,000. Your network migration plan will be in phases with noted milestones. Key to the success of this plan is the availability of a T1 link between the remote sites to support remote bridging and development of configurations for all the remote routers.

Include the following in your assignment:
1. Title page
2. Table of contents
3. Executive summary
4. Project goal
5. Project scope
6. Design requirements:

a. Business goals
b. Technical goals
c. User communities and data stores
d. Network applications

7. Current state of the network
8. Logical design
9. Physical design
10. Results of network design testing11. Discuss the availability of a T1 link.
11. Implementation plan with a project schedule
12. Project budget with a return on investment calculation
13. Design document appendix

Your assignment must follow these formatting requirements:

  • Be typed, double spaced, using Times New Roman font (size 12), with one-inch margins on all sides; citations and references must follow APA or school-specific format. Check with your professor for any additional instructions.
  • Include a cover page containing the title of the assignment, the student's name, the professor's name, the course title, and the date. The cover page and the reference page are not included in the required assignment page length.

The specific course learning outcomes associated with this assignment are:

  • Design a systematic network architecture plan in accordance with network design steps.
  • Summarize among scalability, availability, performance security, manageability, usability, adaptability, and affordability as they relate to internetworking product selection.
  • Design a network topology to include hierarchy, redundancy, modularity, and security.
  • Create a network security plan inclusive of identifying and analyzing network assets, security risks, security requirements, and security policy.
  • Develop network management strategies to include resource monitoring and data collection and interpretation.
  • Describe processes that address performance, faulty, configuration, security, and accounting management.
  • Compare and contrast the selection of technologies and devices for campus and enterprise networks that include remote access networks, WANs, service providers, end user remote access devices, central site remote access devices, VPN concentrators, and routers.
  • Develop network design testing procedures through services, tools, and testing scripts.
  • Describe optimal network design for critical business applications to include effective use of bandwidth and satisfying QoS requirements.
  • Develop a comprehensive network design document.
  • Use technology and information resources to research issues in network architecture and analysis.
  • Write clearly and concisely about network architecture and analysis using proper writing mechanics and technical style conventions.

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