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Network evaluation and roadmap

This chapter shows you how to perform an impact analysis to evaluate bandwidth and processing needs and develop a roadmap for an architecture that will fulfill your requirements.

Today it's understood that the enterprise network is the business. Companies that attempt to use inadequate network infrastructure to integrate real-time applications and services are risking technical and business failure. Improving the network is crucial, but missteps can be fatal. Network architects and managers must assess their infrastructure and how well it meets both current and future needs. This ebook chapter shows you how to perform an impact analysis to evaluate bandwidth and processing needs and develop a roadmap for an architecture that will fulfill your requirements. It's not just about having a huge pipe, but delivering a complete facility that supplies applications consistently, reliably, and securely.

You'll learn about:

  • Performing impact assessments
  • Physical plant improvements
  • Bandwidth and capacity planning
  • Wireless LANs
  • QoS
  • Reliability and failover
  • Security

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This was last published in July 2008

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