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Gigabit Ethernet, VLAN and Network Security

Client Type: National Medical/Computer Training School

Project Overview: Design and implement centrally administered, high performance student network systems in three school locations.

Objectives:

  • Local networks must be maintenance free, high bandwidth and centrally administered.
  • Local networks must provide dynamic port and classroom network isolation for training and security purposes.

Solutions:

  • Designed and implemented a Cisco switch communications system with gigabit ethernet backbones, dynamic Virtual LAN (VLAN) capabilities and level 3 routing between VLAN’s for centralized management. 
  • Designed and implemented an inter-site Cisco router system with VPN encryption over existing Internet connections.
  • Designed and implemented Cisco firewalls with Internet filtering services for restricted access into and out of each network.
  • Installed over 1000 category 5e connections with redundant category 6 backbone connections, for gigabit ethernet connectivity between closet and backbone switches
  • Utilized high performance Compaq servers to handle software and PC image distribution.
  • Utilized Windows 2000 Active Directory to centrally administer domain servers and user authentication.
  • Utilized Novell’s ZENworks to automate software synchronization and updates.
  • Utilized PCAnywhere for server and PC remote management and configurations.

Results:

  • Implemented entire project on time and under budget.
  • Provides dynamic isolation of ports and classrooms while maintaining centralized management and a common Internet connection.
  • Blocked student access to un-authorized web sites and e-mail services.
  • Eliminated the need for a local administrator in each school, effectively saving the company over $120,000.00 per year.
  • Saved company $1000’s each month by utilizing the Internet for secure inter-school WAN communications.
  • Saved customer over $10,000.00 by implementing new gigabit ethernet technology as opposed to fiber for backbone connections.

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