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Chapter 1

Analyzing Business
Goals and Constraints

This chapter serves as an introduction to the rest of the book by describing top-down network design. The first section explains how to use a systematic, top-down process when designing computer networks for your customers. Depending on your job, your customers might consist of other departments within your company, those to whom you are trying to sell products, or clients of your consulting business.
After describing the methodology, this chapter focuses on the first step in top-down network design: analyzing your customer’s business goals. Business goals include the capability to run network applications to meet corporate business objectives, and the need to work within business constraints, such as budgets, limited networking personnel, and tight timeframes.
This chapter also covers an important business constraint that some people call the eighth layer of the Open System Interconnection (OSI) reference model: workplace politics. To ensure the success of your network design project, you should gain an understanding of any corporate politics and policies at your customer’s site that could affect your project.
The chapter concludes with a checklist to help you determine if you have addressed the business issues in a network design project.

Using a Top-Down Network Design Methodology
According to Albert Einstein:

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“The world we’ve made as a result of the level of thinking we have done thus far creates problems that we cannot solve at the same level at which we created them.”
To paraphrase Einstein, networking professionals have the ability to create networks that are so complex that when problems arise they can’t be solved using the same sort of thinking that was used to create the networks. Add to this the fact that each upgrade, patch, and modification to a network…...

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