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Resources: Final Project Riordan Manufacturing

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Riordan Manufacturing SR-rm-00-7 Analysis of WAN

 

 

 

Riordan Manufacturing WAN Analysis

INTRODUCTION

Riordan Manufacturing is a large plastics manufacturer with 550 employees in four locations. The locations Riordan operates are San Jose, California, Albany, GA, Pontiac, Michigan, and Hangzhou, China. The San Jose, California facility is the corporate office and is connected to the other facilities through a Wide Area Network (WAN). Each location has a different telephone and data network. According to Moore’s law, the rate of technology advancement doubles every 24 months. Companies have difficult tasks with staying current with advancing WAN technology. Within the past several years, platform as a service (PaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS) have emerged as a leading local area network (LAN) and WAN infrastructure option. Riordan has an existing WAN infrastructure that is outdated and expensive to maintain. Before Riordan can upgrade the existing WAN to the most current technology, Riordan needs understand their business goals and requirements, and evaluate the existing WAN for strengthens and weakness. Understanding the business goals and requirements will have a direct impact on the WAN technology that will be implemented.

Section II

Riordan is in the process of relocating their Hangzhou, China office to the Shanghai port area. The relocation of the office will result in significant cost savings, and will provide their operations with a more substantial urban infrastructure and will put them into a better position to market and ship their Chinese products throughout Europe and Asia. Currently they are spending over $100,000 on travel for training on the new intergraded systems; we can develop Riordan a distance learning solution so that we can provide effective training through teleconferencing. A new network infrastructure including workstations will have to be designed, purchased, installed and tested.

Their IT network is very slow and outdated, currently they are using outdate software and need to update to Windows 8 based environment and Microsoft upgrades to Office 10. The workstations need to be updated the RAM and hard drive space is inadequate. Instead of using the 8 separate printers I would add a print server and add two printers to the network so that all users can print from those two. We need to cut down on the number of switches and streamline the network, by installing a Cisco ASR 1006 with serial, Ethernet and Fiber modules as the core router and upgrading the switch to a Cisco 3750X 48 port switch you will be able to connect all servers, routers, VoIP phones, and workstations from one switch. The satellite connection and the T3 will be connected directly to the ASR 1006. All switches, routers and servers will either use a Cisco SFP-10G-LH for fiber connection and Cisco GLC-T 1000BASE-T SFP for Ethernet connections.

The network is currently using a 100baseT backbone; we would like to upgrade this to a 1000baseT backbone utilizing a fiber optic or 10G Ethernet backbone. By upgrading the 35 VoIP phones to Cisco IP 9951 VoIP conference phones that can be used for individual effective training for long distances.

The WIN, WIN Exchange and UNIX server and data storage devices are outdated and should be updated to Cisco MCS 7835 Unified Call manager with Publisher/TFTP and Subscriber/Conference will provide voice and Email. The Cisco 3545 ISDN can be used for video conference. The NAS is inadequate and has no redundancy by upgrading to NETAP DS2246 with 72 600GB hard drives will be used for data storage. The VoIP router will no longer be needed with the installation of the MCS 7835. A standalone APC Symmetric uninterruptible power supply (UPS) will provide 3 hours of power in case of loss of power.

In the development of their system’s architecture, its initial step would be to provide a definition for the process of communicating information to other places using their new system. The network that Riordan Manufacturing has can facilitate communication and transmission of information to every location that they have.

Riordan Manufacturing has four physical locations that are currently  interconnected by a  WAN network, the Wan connection between the corporate headquarters  office in San Jose and the China facility is done by a satellite link  using a KA band satellite  with a 51.8 MBS data transfer rate  and AES end to end  transmission.  Riordan Manufacturing’s corporate headquarters is divided into four sections using a 100 base T Ethernet connection.  The Administrator section handles the main operational functions it gives the number of employees in specific areas, a description of the various computers used and their individual locations and 36 VOIP telephones. The Research and Developments section has a 1000baseF network and is MAC based there are 15 employees each with computers; this section includes 3 high-end color printers and a plotter. The 1000baseF network is connected to the corporate LAN through a switch. The next section is for servers, the servers  that Riordan Manufacturing are using are IBM  and include a WIN server, a WIN Exchange server, and  a UNIX server, which hosts the corporate SAP ERP the WIN servers are IBM HS20 blade servers and the main UNIX server is an IBM p series.  The last section is the communications section which has two main parts the first is the data link to the Satellite base station through a switch and a VOIP router to connect the two facilities with voice. The satellite operates in Ks band @ 51.8mb and is setup to handle an OC1 data rate with end-to-end encryption.   The second part of communications is a router to provide a T3 connection through a firewall to the outside network.

Riordan Manufacturing – Albany, GA

The Albany Georgia location network uses 20 office computers for its administration operations, the Albany location server is an HP BL460P blade server, which does the local printing, file exchanges, and interfaces back to the home office.  A local NAS system does a   local data backup and a link to the router/firewall provides the T2 connection to the outside network. Internally the factory floor is connected to the main LAN through a 24 port Linksys EF2H24 Cisco switch.

Riordan Manufacturing – Pontiac MI

The Pontiac Michigan network uses 45 office computers for its administration operations, the Pontiac Michigan location server is an HP BL460P blade server, which does the local printing, file exchanges, and interfaces back to the home office.  A local NAS system does a   local data backup and a link to the router/firewall provides the T2 connection to the outside network. Internally the factory floor is connected to the main LAN through a 24 port Linksys EF2H24 Cisco switch.  A 5KVA UPS is used for backup power.

The Shanghai China Headquarters is also divided into sections, the Administrator section handles the main operational functions it gives the number of employees in specific areas, a description of the various computers used and their individual locations and 35 VOIP telephones. The Research and Developments section has a 1000baseF network and is MAC based there are 15 employees each with computers; this section includes 3 high-end color printers and a plotter. The 1000baseF network is connected to the corporate LAN through a switch. The servers at the Shanghai China headquarters are all IBM and include a WIN server, a WIN Exchange server, and a UNIX server, which hosts the corporate SAP ERP the WIN servers are IBM HS20 blade servers and the main UNIX server is an IBM p series. A 5KVA UPS is used to provide backup power for the server room.

Riordan Manufacturing’s current interconnected WAN network is Ethernet based and is using Cat5E cabling with RJ45 connectors throughout all of its facilities. Each computer or device is connected with Cat5E cabling and RJ45 connectors to either a Cisco 2950 switch a local gateway or to a Linksys EF2H24 24 port hub.

When determining how a network will function, deciding on both the logical and physical topology is imperative. Depending on which logical topology is decided on, the method in which data is transmitted may vary. According to Rouse, 2013, it cannot be assumed that a physical topology dictates what logic the network will adhere to. It is entirely possible to have various physical network topologies all employing the same logic. This is important to understand as a network is developed and implemented for enhancing communication flow. Failure to understand concepts imperative to the foundation of network can severely hinder a networks performance.
Riordan Manufacturing wants to enhance communication efforts throughout the organization and by doing so, increase productivity. There are several different logical network topologies that could benefit their demands. When developing the network there are several key areas that must be identified for Local Area Networks. First and foremost is scalability. When a network increases the number of devices capable of accessing it, there needs to be adequate resources available for doing so. Failure to have necessary expansion capabilities can hinder potential of the network and prevent future advancements.
All though some efforts within a network can be classified as redundant, there are clearly needs for redundancy in well-tuned networks. These redundancies ensure that similar processes and procedures are followed through with on each occasion. When there is a failure to a given area within a network, it is possible to pin-point the area at fault with appropriate understanding of redundancies. This element also plays a crucial role when seeking to expand a network, as the previously determined guidelines are already in place for the new configuration to adapt to. When integrating addition devices, the easier the process can be, the better it is for network and the network administrator(s).
There are many pieces to a network that require subsequent actions to be possible. In other words, many factors leading up to a certain process are required for the current process to be functional. One area that this is evident is with the use of multi-threading and multiple channel distribution. Important factors such as stream lined communications need to be efficient and dependable in order for multiple outlets to process and distributed data through various channels. If a fault is preventing information flow from one channel it can affect other channels performance. Wireless and Wide Area Network functionality with a LAN environment can be beneficial to a network for many reasons. There are several key attributes that need to be accounted for when attempting to seamlessly blend LAN and WAN together.

  1. Identifying the Physical and Logical Locations of Important internetwork Equipment, for example, Routers, Switches, and Firewalls.
  2. Documenting the names and Addresses of Existing Network Servers and Interconnection devices.
  3. Documenting the Types and Lengths of the Physical Cabling and All the Layer Two Circuits.

Scalability and highly available WAN network is going to play an important role into Riordan Manufacturing and Technical goals because will improve all activities between their headquarters, from San Jose, Albany, GA, Pontiac, MI, Hangzhou, China, and the new relocation in Shanghai. Because the company’s connectivity relies on services from external sources is important ensure that the service providers offer to the company a very competitive service level agreement (SLA) to guarantee a scalable and reliable enterprise WAN network. The service level agreement guarantee the best availability the provider can promise. It is important if the provider does not offer a trustworthy service level agreement for all WAN links. The company should switch to a new provider who can offer it. In addition, it is necessary make sure the WAN links are more scalable and reliable.

Another important fact is that Riordan need to consider is a backup WAN links. To obtain a reliable WAN is necessary to add a backup WAN link to the primary link and to configure the routers. This will provide a high quality of availability of all the WAN service includes if the primary link goes down. For example, Riordan Manufactory should add an ISDN backup circuit to the primary T2, and T3.

Another new way to implement a reliable WAN network is multi-homing the WAN using BGA4, which is a configuration of several network interfaces IP addresses, which allow the enterprise network to have more than one entry point into the Internet. In addition, this provides fault tolerance for applications requiring Internet access and high availability for enterprise public accessible servers, such as public e-mail web servers. Due Riordan Manufacture consist of several headquarters we suggest to use the Border Gateway Protocol which is used to make core routing decisions on the Internet, and allows to the enterprise to create loop free, inter domain routing between different autonomous systems.

Another, important fact that Riordan Manufacture needs to considers selecting the best routing protocol. Considering that our team is proposing equipment from Cisco one of the best protocols that we can suggest is Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) which is ease of deployment and fast convergence, it is appropriate for large company, such as Riordan Manufacture, and it maintains all of the advantages of Link State protocols. Some of the features include (Cisco, 2013):

  • Support IPv4 and IPv6 networks and it is easy transition to IPv6
  • For large dynamic multipoint and Virtual Public Network deployment is superior scaling of Interior Gateway Protocol
  • Only routing table changes, not the entire routing table, are propagated when change occurs
  • It is more efficient use of links, through equal cost multipath and unequal cost load sharing

This protocol will be compatible with the rest of the network because come from the same Cisco Company. In addition, Riordan will have a strong WAN by ensure and service level agreement, a backup WAN links, and using multi-homing using BGP4 will guarantee a scalable and reliable for the company.

 
 

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Mitchell, B. (2013). Network Topologies. Retrieved from http://compnetworking, about.com/od/network design/a/topologies.htm

Riordan Manufacture, .. (n.d.). IT Communication. Retrieved from http://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/aapd/cist/vop/Business/Riordan/IT/Communications.

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Riordan Manufacture, .. (n.d.). Network overview. Retrieved from http://ecampus.phoenix.edu/secure/aapd/cist/vop/Business/Riordan/IT/Networks.asp?

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Rouse, M. (2013). Network Topology. Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/network-topology

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