Logical Network Designs
Before considering the best cabling system grade for your network, logical network design goals must be determined. Once logical network design goals have been outlined, work on physical network infrastructure design can begin.
Logical network design involves assessing the needs for a network and serves as the basis for physical network infrastructure design. Logical network design depends on the needs of the users of the network.
Considerations of the Logical Network Design Process
The most basic issues that your logical network design will address are what the users are doing on the network and how the applications will use the network in the immediate and distant future.
The lifecycle of the applications will have an impact on the creation of stable systems. If an existing network is in place, plans on how will it be transitioned to a new network should include data preservation and security. Application-specific information includes optimal throughput speed for each application as well as the type of protocols to be used.
Non technical considerations for a logical network design includes the project budget, the implementation deadline, the security requirements for the network, and the impact of downtime and network drag on users.
Related Network Design Resources
- White Paper: TERA® and Call Center Applications
- White Paper: CCTV & Video Surveillance over 10G ip™
- White Paper: Voice Over IP - Is your Network Ready?
- White Paper: IP Enhanced Medical Networks
- White Paper: SAN over 10G ip™
Physical Network Infrastructure
Physical network infrastructure design uses logical network design considerations as the basis for determining technology implementation specifications.
Considerations of the Physical Network Infrastructure Design Process
A major consideration for your peer to peer network is the type of client and server computers and devices that will be attached to the network. By identifying the planned lifecycle of the network infrastructure as well as the different lifecycles for the active equipment inside of the network infrastructure components, you can quickly determine the network infrastructure needs for backbone cabling and horizontal cabling.
When planning work areas, telecommunications rooms, equipment rooms, and entrance points, determine where the wireless access points will reside as well as the forecasted utilization for the next five, ten, and twenty years. If the cabling network infrastructure needs more scalability than the active equipment, check the cabling vendor, installer and cabling system warranty requirements.
Related Network Infrastructure Design Resources
- White paper: Cabling Lifecycles and Total Cost of Ownership
- White Paper: Selecting a Structured Cabling Vendor — A Balanced Scorecard for the Best Value
- White Paper: 10 Gb/s Over Copper: Horizontal Cabling Choices
- White Paper: Siemon 10G ip™ Data Center Solution