Designing a New Enterprise Network for Western Trucking


Added on  2019-09-22

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Problem Scenario You data networking consulting firm has recently been contacted by Western Trucking Inc., for adesign project. Western Trucking operates a large fleet of trucks that deliver shipments for the wholesaler/retailer industry, such as grocery stores, department stores, and home improvement stores. Shown in Figure 1 is a layout of Western Trucking’s main headquarter building and secondary building. The main building is more than 25 years old, with outside dimensions of 350feet × 150 feet. The secondary building is about 10 years old, with outside dimensions of 100 feet on all sides. Figure 1: Facility Map of the Western Trucking Headquarters Western Trucking currently has a mix of shared 10BaseT (using hubs) and switched 10BaseT LANs, connected by a series of workgroup routers. Specifically, there is a LAN in each of the following department offices: Data Processing, Accounts Payable and Payroll, Accounts Receivable, Sales and Marketing, Information Services, Human Resources, Agent Operations, and Interstate Operations. The Information Services Department maintains a corporate Web server and a mail server, while the following departments maintain their own database servers: 1
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Accounts Payable and Payroll, Accounts Receivable, Sales and Marketing, and Human Resources. Each LAN has its own networked printers. Fleet Maintenance and Dispatch operate several standalone computers in the secondary building. Figure 2 shows the organization chart ofWestern Trucking. Figure 2: Western Trucking Organization Chart Requirements The rapid growth of Western Trucking’s business volume has put considerable strains on its existing network resources. Consequently, management has authorized investments in a faster corporate networking infrastructure. Given the latest advances in networking technologies, management would like you to propose a design solution after considering alternative standards and products available. Moreover, management would like to see Fleet Maintenance and Dispatch in the secondary building networked and interconnected into the corporate backbone. Design a new enterprise network for them, including the overall architecture, and the specific backbone and LAN technologies to be used. As with any real-life problem with ambiguities or unresolved considerations, you must make your own assumptions. Be sure to provide adequate justification for any recommendations you make, and be sure to take your client’s future growth into consideration. 2
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