June 26, 2011
Acme Manufacturing is an up-and-coming company that is now expanding to China, as well as other locations throughout the United States. The company will have the need for new equipment, a set-up appropriate for all locations to be able to communicate together on a weekly basis, and security is a priority. With the headquarters being located in Atlanta, GA, they house the corporate operations, marketing, administrative staff, and accounting personnel. The engineering and sales departments are located across the street from the headquarters building. There are distribution offices in Chicago, Phoenix, and New York and the plant is in China. All of these places need the ability to communicate with each other so the company can run smoothly. Currently, each location sends people once a week to a weekly meeting the company has to stay on top of everything. Network Design
The most logical network design for Acme Manufacturing would be a star topology, which would use CAT5 UTP. Using this cable would allow each location to have the ability to directly connect to headquarters and, with the implementation of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that is configured with Layer Two Technology Protocol (L2TP) and IPSec for security, the sales and engineering departments located across the street will be able to communicate with headquarters. The new plant in China will utilize satellite signals to communicate with headquarters. Acme should lease three T1 lines, which run from the headquarters in Atlanta to each distribution center. Another benefit of leasing the T1 lines, it will allow for space when the company expands over time. VoIP
Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has become as commonly used and reliable as Public Branch Exchange (PBX) when it comes to communications for companies. Although they are both reliable, PBX is more costly than VoIP for a company to have and use. One...