December 14, 2015
The chosen virtual organization is Riordan Manufacturing. The network is a WAN (wide area network). According to Technopedia.com, “A WAN connects more than one LAN and is used for larger geographical areas.” In this network there are 4 physical location that are interconnected by a WAN. The connections include the corporate headquarters, which is connected by WAN to the Albany, Georgia, Pontiac, Michigan and China Headquarters.
The China Headquarters is connected via Satellite link. As a side note, some of the concerns when using this technology are cost, security and throughput. (TechRepublic.com 2004) The China location implements the same system and technology as the corporate headquarters.
The Riordan Manufacturing Corporate Headquarters has a 100baseT backbone with 36 VOIP telephones, while the R&D function is a MAC based environment with a 1000baseF network backbone connected to the LAN through a switch, according to the company’s available diagrams. Furthermore, they include WIN and WIN Exchange servers, and a UNIX server. The communications environment uses a router which provides a T3 connection through a firewall to the outside connection.
The Albany and Pontiac office networks utilize an HP BL460P blade server for local print/file exchange services and connects back to the home office. This includes a power backup and a link to the router and firewall which connects a T2 connection to the outside network.
Overall, the Riordan Manufacturing Company utilizes a WAN on a global level via satellite connection, while also maintaining WLAN and LAN networking on a regional and local level. This would mean a logical star topology and a physical bus topology.
Narrative Descriptions of Network Diagrams for Riordan Manufacturing. (n.d.). Retrieved December 15, 2015, from...