Designing Converged Networks For Manageability

May 2004
Business Communications Review;May2004, Vol. 34 Issue 5, p24
Trade Publication
In spite of positive signs, users and analysts keep pointing to the many challenges that still confront customers when they decide to design, implement and support converged networks. This article looks at the impact of basic design elements on the management of converged networks. The most common questions when designing converged networks relate to bandwidth capacity. All the traffic management in the world would not mean much if the network is down. Real-time applications are typically considered mission critical, and the converged networks that carry them must be designed and provisioned with maximum reliability to make sure they are available for these applications. Security is a vast topic in and of itself, and it must be addressed right alongside the converged network design effort. Network management should be integral to the design and deployment of any mission-critical network-based deployment. This is especially crucial for converged networks, due to their added complexity. INSET: Basic Troublshooting For Converged Networks.


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