Network Design refers to how a network infrastructure is designed, planned and structured. It’s like the blueprint for the actual, physical implementation of the network. The design has to be made before the infrastructure is implemented. Network design often is a very complex process that involves a lot of evaluation, scoping and adjusting.
The design includes a logical network map, placing the right compute nodes (processing nodes) and storage nodes (SSD/HDD), a cabling structure, the number of devices and their location, the IP addressing structure and the security architecture.
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A strong, well-planned network design is essential for optimal performance, monitoring, scalability, security and resilience. Without it, the network performance could prove to be very weak and your IT team would have to constantly be monitoring,
recovering and performing maintenance tasks to keep the network running. This leads to a lot of extra costs and time having to be spent on fixing things instead of growing your company. And that’s probably not the way you like it.
At Reboot Monkey, we make use of Hierarchical Network Design. This type of design divides the network into separate layers (or tiers) that all have their own function and role within the network.
This type of design makes it easier to optimize and select the right network hardware.
Typically, a hierarchical network design would include three layers: the access layer, the distribution layer and the core layer.
The access layer is responsible for providing user access to the network
The distribution layer offers connectivity and has control over the boundary between the access and core layer
The core layer guarantees fast transport between distribution switches. The interplay between these layers determine the performance of the network.
A good network design is created with an eye for the smallest details. It’s the foundation for efficient network monitoring and maintenance, so any mistake could later on prove detrimental. It’s crucial to understand how different network parts fit and work together. This is where a topology map usually comes into play, which establishes a strong network without single points of failure.
Ultimately, a strong network with a well-planned design performs better, has more scalability options, is more secure and resilient, and makes monitoring a lot easier.