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IP network design guide: Managing an IP-based network

Network design underlies the performance of your enterprise IP network. This four-part IP network design guide by expert Cormac Long offers you a comprehensive roadmap to designing IP-based networks, from the basic principles involved to the more complex finishing touches.

Table of Contents:
  • Fundamental principles of IP network design
  • The IP addressing plan
  • Designing the wide area network
  • LAN design
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    Fundamental principles of IP network design
    A successful network implementation starts with a competent network design. This is the first of four articles that focus on the design of IP-based networks, due to the prevalence of IP as the de-facto standard desktop protocol. A modern IP network supports diverse application; along with traditional data applications, IP has become a transport mechanism for real-time applications such as voice, video and multimedia. As a result, IP network design has become more challenging. This article will discuss the fundamental principles that should be followed when designing an IP network. The subsequent articles will focus on specific LAN and WAN technology, which are part of a proficient network design.

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