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Network Design
Rodney T Caldwell
NTC/362
November 28, 2012
Marjorie Marque

Network Design

In this paper I will explain what Kudler Fine Foods need to do so the company can make a business decision on what course of action to take to upgrade the infrastructure of their current network. The network Kudler is using is called a bus topology that uses a common backbone to connect all devices. If one of the systems on the network wants communicates to another system, it broadcast a message on the network where the other systems can see the message but the only intended system receives and processes the message. This type of technology is keeping the company at a disadvantage in the competitive gourmet food industry. The company needs to consolidate all three of their locations to a network topology that will help keep the company competitive in the food industry. Computing:

Kudlers three facilities is design to utilizes an ethernet bus topologies. This type technology was easy to install and did not require a lot of cabling compared to alternatives. 10Base-2 ("ThinNet") and 10Base-5 ("ThickNet") both were popular Ethernet cabling options many years ago for bus topologies. However, bus networks work best with a limited number of devices. If more than a few dozen computers are added to a network bus, performance problems will likely result. In addition, if the backbone cable fails, the entire network effectively becomes unusable. Centralizing the Network:

In order to bring this system up to standards they will need to update to a more centralized computing system which all computing is done on a centrally managed computer system and the users use a dumb terminal (thin client) to connect to these central computers. The cost associated with this has been reduced over the years and was only used previously in enterprise environments but now more businesses are moving over to this type of system. Network Topologies:...
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