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Network Design

Scenario

The Corporation Techs’ current network consists of 1 webserver (accessible by the public), 2 application servers, 2 database servers, 2file and print servers, and 50 workstations. The web server runs Linux/Apache, the other servers run Microsoft Windows Server, and the workstations run Microsoft Windows. The network is connected through a series of switches, is not physically connected to other networks, and runs Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4). The network is protected by a single border firewall. The senior network architect, whom you work for directly, has verified the company’s business goals and has determined the features and functions required to meet those goals.

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The senior network architect has asked you to create a network design that includes the following components:

§ Current infrastructure elements

§ A logical topology that separates the Accounting and Sales departments

§ Redundant communications

§ Justification for continuing with IPv4 or upgrading to IPv6

Tasks

For this part of the project, perform the following tasks:

1. Conduct research to determine the best network design to ensure the security of internal access while retaining public website availability.

2. Design a network configuration with physical and logical topologies. Identify major network elements (e.g., servers, switches, gateways) and their locations within the private and protected network segments.

3. Include a high-level plan that ensures communications are available 24/7.

4. Recommend whether to continue using IPv4 or upgrade to IPv6, and explain why.

5. Create a basic network diagram that illustrates the current network and enhancements. Include a few workstations to represent all workstations on the internal network. The diagram will be very high level at this stage and include only necessary details. You may use a software tool or simply pencil and paper. You will update this design later in the project.

6. Create a draft report detailing all information as supportive documentation.

7. Cite sources, where appropriate.

Submission Requirements

  • Format: Microsoft Word 
  • Citation style: APA
  • Length of report: 3pages

 The above submission should be three pages in length and adhere to APA formatting standards along with proper references 

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