Make sure that for this network plan you are investigating, researching, and brainstorming stakeholder needs, identifying and addressing data access issues, identifying and planning for security concerns, considering disaster recovery and maintenance issues, and including a researched but estimated consideration of costs related to the network.
Make sure you robustly address the following topics/areas:
- network topology (physical and logical/functional) – be sure to include both textual descriptions as well as visual diagrams with captions.
- hardware considerations (routers, gateways, switches, cabling, wireless access points, physical servers/nodes, etc.) – be sure to discuss both physical hardware as well as any virtualized hardware (IAAS).
- software servers/services (web, database, file, source control, patient portals, training intranet resources, etc.)- be sure to consider the needs of stakeholders and what servers/services, clients, and security or maintenance utilities should be considered.
- security policies/procedures and network systems/services (firewalls, IDS/IPS, spam/virus filtering, network monitoring/scanning, chokepoints, guest networks, DMZ’s VPNs, encryption, BYOD policies, etc.)
- disaster recovery/continuity of service/maintenance needs (backup hardware/software, storage locations, communication policies/procedures, recovery policies/procedures, etc.)
Make your arguments as to why your solutions make sense for your chosen organization’s network. Don’t just say, “you need a wireless mesh network”, explain, discuss, and schematize why that makes sense for your context and stakeholder needs.
Network Plan Format Requirements
Submission of your Network Plan should be at least 10 pages in length, using no larger than 11point Times New Roman Font, single spaced, with 1in margins (top, bottom, left, and right).