Network design for hosting company

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May 25th, 2008
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Hi all,

My next job will be for a hosting company. Mostly seperate domains with Dcs, Citrix farms, DB servers etc for each customer, some VMware (rising) and a few websites. Customers 80 and about 800 servers.

They are migrating to a full Cisco network for which they hired a company to do the design of the network.

Is there a kind of generic design schema or design considerations for this kind of environment?


Jaap Laaij


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cisco24x7 Fri, 05/30/2008 - 10:34
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I used to work a hosting Service Provider so I

do have some experience with the design

- create a Admin network for the Network

Operations, Engineering, Backup/restore where

the provider will be using to access multiple

customers' network

- put in a firewall for each customer. Now

for hosting provider, most of them use

Checkpoint Firewall instead of Cisco because

Checkpoint has Provider-1 where it can manage

hundred if not thousands of customer's firewalls,

- put in global rule for network Operations,

backup,restore to access customer's equipments

-For each customer's firewall, you will

interfaces connecting to Internet, Admin

and any interfaces for Citrix, Web, DB, etc...

This is a classic design that has been used

for years by Managed hosting companies.

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