CISCO BASED ACADEMIC RESEARCH NETWORK ARNe
It is fundamental that the next generation networks are implemented with the components and infrastructure that will reduce delays and jitters and at the same time assuring security of the data being handled. The future networks should be able to show resilience and high efficiency standards by providing scalable and flexible service delivery infrastructure. SIARY College provides numerous opportunities to the undergraduate students of the department of Mathematics and Computer science to acquire practical hands on experience in their respective undergraduate programs. Students in their final year in the department apply to be accepted by the department’s innovation centre where they engage in tapping the coding and IT engineering talents from the students. This is done through the proposal, design, and implementation and testing of various innovative projects that the students come up with.
The performance of the routers at the core infrastructure is tantamount to the performance of the routing quality in the transfer of the packets. The architecture is highly independent with hardware and software; this means that the transmission of packets will be dependent among them. The routing protocol of the system also, is not dynamic enough to maximize the transfer of packets. Although each protocol has its strengths and shortcomings, here a careful consideration will be done to ensure high speed networking and performance optimization, something that lacks in the current system. This can be achieved through modern network products and elements like the ATM switches. The models of Cisco routers, 1800 and 2800 integrated series platforms will be used. Review of Other Work WAN Topology ARNe will provide connectivity to each site, the WAN topology that is selected is based on meeting the requirements it will have to meet the needs of the Academic Research Network.
Also the choice must minimize costs. There are numerous WAN topologies that can be chosen with each having its strengths and shortcomings. Denver Centre is normally the main site with the other locations requiring interconnection to the main site considered as branches. These routes can manipulate and adjust the network topology hence forwarding traffic to any identifiable routes. This plays out to be the biggest advantage of using dynamic routing protocols over the static ones (Castelli, 2002). Examples of such protocols are the OSPF, RIP, IGRP and EIGRP and can be employed on Cisco routers. Cisco however, can only exclusively utilize the IGRP and EIGRP without using a route distribution. On other platforms, the above protocols cannot be used unless with route distributions (McFarlane, 2006).
Project Rationale The Academic Research Network (ARNe) remains significant part of institutions of learning in tapping out talents and developing innovative ideas. Improving the current infrastructural network to enhance flexibility, improve scalability and to provide secure networks remains important. There is also need to enhance research capabilities through implementation of leading-edge technologies such as Cisco platform. With the world now moving towards a technology-oriented education programmes, this paper proposes the need for enhancement of ICT research and innovative academic networks to realize this goal The majority of the scientific and technological policies try to emphasize the need to come up with collaborative networks in order to realize improved research outcomes and proper documentation of the research work. This paper focuses on the need to not only come up with these collaborative networks but also to build these networks in a way that it will support current and future projects and help the learning society to further the development of their projects in future.
Taking an example of many organizations, they need appropriate routing platforms to connect their branches to the main sites. A lot of companies are in the market with numerous routing platforms. One of them is Cisco. Also, the current security measures do not meet the set out Information security policies. For enhancement of the network’s security posture, there is a need to have a router that would guarantee end-end secure delivery of applications. This proposal project follows the six steps of the SDLC giving a detailed explanation of its application in the design and development of this project. A typical SDLC follows the following stages; Stage 1: Planning and Requirement Analysis This stage is the most critical stage where the information is sought on the need and the requirements needed to form the basis of the project.
Inputs from all the stakeholders are considered all the requirement analysis is done by the senior members of the organization. Planning for the risks that maybe involved in the implementation is also done. Quality assurances planning and definition of various technical feasibilities are looked into in this stage. Stage 6: Deployment in the market and maintenance Once the product has been tested successfully, it is released into the market and User Acceptance Testing is done. ARN network upgrade will be launched and feedback is sought from the students on its reliability and whether it meets their requirements. Project Goals, Objectives and Deliverables Goal Supporting Objectives Deliverables enabling the objective 1 To enhance networking among academicians, researchers and other stakeholders to ensure enrichment of the vast knowledge base • To facilitate research and networking in the academic field through Academic Research networks • To provide a platform of research design, development and upgrade through Academic Networks Scalability 2 To establish and maintain an online, accessible, reliable and secure resource for information sharing.
• Facilitate improved end user experience with the Academic and Research Networks through adoption of Cisco systems • Provide a platform to ensure maximum utilization of Students’ talents and innovative ideas Flexibility 3 To provide maximum hands on experience in the different academic programs. • Optimize the functionalities of the SIARY academic networks by adopting Cisco best practices • Manage traffic and transfer packets in a faster and cost-effective manner. Scalability will be achieved by considering the best routing hardware since increase in number of people in ARNe leads to corresponding increase in traffic flow. The Cisco ISRs are designed to provide adequate accommodation of a lot of users simultaneously. The network is built to provide maximum hands on skills and also ensure to improve the user experience.
The WANs are generally expensive to maintain but has the advantage of providing minimum bandwidth between the sites. High performance can be achieved by having the routers in the core ARNe that will receive process and manage traffic from each LANs before forwarding the packets. It is good to find the problems early to avoid future risks. • Through the implementation of this model, strategies and policies for sustainable Academic Research Networks will be formulated and documented. • Also, by implementing this project, comparisons can be made in terms of performance, flexibility and security of the upgraded Academic Networks with the traditional networks. The Cisco routing protocol chosen EGIRP is capable of sending routing updates in case of a failure convergence hence making it a good framework for evaluating transfer of packets between the networks.
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