I am tasked with designing a 500 user LAN from the ground up. The general idea I have in mind is to divide the building into 5 workgroups of 100 users (a closet for each floor). Thinking of building around a backbone of some sort. Any ideas? How would you begin to break down this project?
I think that nowadays you really need to look at the logical layout of the users on the LAN as much as you do the physical layout. If you have Finance on Floors 1 and 2, you may be doing them better service by placing them within the same VLAN. This is obviously a simple example, but I think you get the point.
Focus on who does what, who accesses what. Placing switches in the closets on each floor is a given, but how you program those switches will be the key to your success.
Read in depth about VLAN's, Broadcasts, Core/Distribution/Access Design. Where are your core switches going to reside? Are you going to consider L3 switches? The price of 3550's nowadays makes this compelling.
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