Network design is the backbone of any enterprise grade network you’ll ever encounter. The design of a network is almost as important as your infrastructure in determining your system performance and your network monitoring ability. As a result, it is important to learn everything you can about how your network is connected.
The structure of your topology will provide you with a strong basis for conducting quality of service (QoS) monitoring and troubleshooting. Understanding how your topology works will determine how effectively you can exercise quality of service monitoring. In this article we look at the basics of network design, why it is important, and provide you with a range of tools to help you design your network from scratch.
WHY IS NETWORK DESIGN IMPORTANT?
Having a firm grip on your Network design and topology is incredibly important because it serves at the basis of network monitoring. If you don’t know how your network is structured and how its components connect together, then there is little you can do to maintain your service quality. In other words, without a topology map you’re going to be flying blind.
How well your network functions all comes down to how your devices communicate with each other. The speed with which packet transfers occur will be one of the biggest factors in the quality of your service. Building your topology structure intelligently will allow you to create a network that minimizes any bottlenecks and works to prevent any single point of failure. When troubleshooting it will make it easier to point to faulty devices (particularly if you have a topology map).