Technical Network Recommendations For Ann Bolinger Of Epoch

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Technical Recommendations Members: Dakota Brown, Nicholas Beach, Blake Bryant, Jorge Coronado, Abdul Khan, Austin Chan, Nicolas Ceaser Introduction: The following is a requested document containing technical network recommendations for Ann Bolinger of EPOCH. Ann has requested our team to analyze the current network and make recommendations based on an upcoming expansion of the company and the infrastructure. Recommendation 1: The initial question is as follows: What network architecture and topologies to use (e.g. subnets assigned), including where you might use a NAT (including diagrams here are nice)? Our team recommends the following course of action. Utilize a network architecture and topology that follows close to the following diagram (Diagram 1: Network Layout). The topology is a mixture of multiple star-ring networks. NAT would take place at the central firewall directly connected to the internet. This would allow the incoming and outgoing information to be sorted correctly and ensure that it reaches the correct destination. Diagram 1 (Network Layout) Recommendation 2: The initial question is as follows: How to segregate networks to help best manage the security of the networks. Explain your reasoning. To best manage the security of the networks, our team suggests to set up segregate networks with one main hub and one sub hub per department. Each department will have sub hub that links directly towards the main hub. By using a hub per department, this will ensure user access to only department-related business. This method will also grant built in redundancies to guarantee that the network will remain online even if there is a malfunction with one of the department’s hubs. A firewall will also be placed b... ... middle of paper ... can use a “token” which is a special type of packet which allows computer to send data, because of this no contention or collision can take place. Recommendation 5: Finally, how would this architecture change (or would it) if you moved from a data center into a cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure? If the data center were to be moved to a cloud provider, the data would be stored by a company that is better equipped to handle security concerns and system failures. This would alleviate system strain and allow the company to redistribute financial and location-based resources. However, the company would not make any changes to the architecture because the already existing hardware can be utilized as a backup in order to prevent data loss. Since the company already owns a data center, a cloud-based service will require additional funding.
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