Introduction to WAN Technologies
You Decide: Week 1 – Design Proposal Summary
Congratulations, you have recently been promoted to coordinate the design and installation of a new
network at your company’s satellite offices in Cleveland.
The manager at this location (Kim) is a “hands on” type of person, but possesses little technical knowledge
of data communications. Kim has requested that you keep her updated along eachstep in the networks design and configuration process. She has also requestedthat you explain each of the available options, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each decision that you have made.
After reviewing chapter 7, provide Kim with a 2 page detailed report of how you plan to start this
project, and a complete explanation of the options available to assign IP addresses. While Kim is marketing genius, keep in mind that she is not a tech savvy person. Be sure to explain this very clearly so Kim is not frustrated and lost during the first phase of this project.
Ken Rogers, Corporate
Manager, Pittsburgh, PA office.
Ken has control over the new Cleveland branch office on a corporate level. Even though Kim is the branch
manager of the Pittsburgh office, she has to get final approval on all designs (especially in the area of technology); and purchases from Ken .
Kim Brown, Branch Manager
Kim Brown is the branch manager for the new Cleveland office and oversees all the designs (especially in the
area of technology) and purchases for it. Even though Ken Rogers gets the final approval for them, Kim is the person that all the people involved with the project either report to or communicate with. She is excited about her new position, but realizes that her technology knowledge is not up-to-par. In these cases, Kim relies on you the network administrator from the corporate office and your assistant network administrator, James Mitchell in this process. Overall, this process is to choose what needs to be purchased for 2 this
WAN project, but interpret to Kim on her technical level what needs to be done.
Cindy Won, the Corporate
Procurement Manager and her assistants are in charge of purchasing the major components for the
organization. In this case, Cindy and her staff will be in charge of purchasing all the technical software and hardware components for the new WAN located in the Cleveland branch office.
James Mitchell, Assistant
James Mitchell is the assistant network administrator and work with you the network administrator out of the
corporate office located in Pittsburgh. You and James will be working on the design of the new WAN infrastructure located in the Cleveland branch office. Duties also include that you and James help in the technical purchases of the WAN network that can include routers, switches, servers, and software.
After reading the instructions for this homework assignment, decide how you are going to start this project and what IP addresses would be appropriate for the Cleveland branch office.