Future Planning

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IT architecture
Networking
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ROI & cost justification
I am trying to gather information to create a business abstract on changes that I feal we need to the network. I am looking for sources (material I can quote from) & resources to help develop this change abstact. Here is the environment: non-profit ogranization with locations in VT & DC. Two T1s from the internet to the VT office. One T1 point to point to the DC office. We use 1700 routers to manage the p2p and at least one of the internet T1s. Backbone comprises of 3com superstack switches. Currently the following is available on the network beyond normal http & MS File Sharing; we have a VoIP phone system and Video conferencing system. Future plans: include upgrading from the low level video conferencing system to a true high level video conferencing system. I would like to get ride of the 3com switches, which only provide simple switching. Switch out at least one firewall for the PIX that is sitting on the shelf collecting dust. Issues: We have a lot of congestion over the p2p, since we have no QoS in place. We have about 40% broadcast happening on the network. Phone quality is poor to fair at best. I need proof to put into the business abstract, but in terms that business people can understand. I am using network monitoring and a sniffer to gather the statitics to back things up, but if anyone has created this kind of abstract before, your input would be most welcome.

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Hope this helps, but from what I understand of your situation I belive you need to first show them what they are looking for… ROI. What do they get from the upgrade? I think you need to show them a trend of increasing network utilization, which will in-turn decrease the already poor phone and video quality, that will also effect production and the bottom line. Using that model you say the only answer is to a)upgrade from a t1 to a t3 or more which would give you a mrc (monthly reaccuring charge… they hate those)of about $1000 more than what you are paying now or b)upgrade the switch to one that does QoS so that you can better utilize the current bandwidth that you have (also note that the switch purchase is a one time fee and that QoS is an industry standard/recomendation when running VoIP). The PIX switch is a no brainer, upgrade to the lates IOS version and just tell them how much more roubust it is than what you are currently using. Let me know if this helps

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  • Kingmal
    Hope this helps, but from what I understand of your situation I belive you need to first show them what they are looking for... ROI. What do they get from the upgrade? I think you need to show them a trend of increasing network utilization, which will in-turn decrease the already poor phone and video quality, that will also effect production and the bottom line. Using that model you say the only answer is to a)upgrade from a t1 to a t3 or more which would give you a mrc (monthly reaccuring charge... they hate those)of about $1000 more than what you are paying now or b)upgrade the switch to one that does QoS so that you can better utilize the current bandwidth that you have (also note that the switch purchase is a one time fee and that QoS is an industry standard/recomendation when running VoIP). The PIX switch is a no brainer, upgrade to the lates IOS version and just tell them how much more roubust it is than what you are currently using. Let me know if this helps
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    Hope this helps, but from what I understand of your situation I belive you need to first show them what they are looking for... ROI. What do they get from the upgrade? I think you need to show them a trend of increasing network utilization, which will in-turn decrease the already poor phone and video quality, that will also effect production and the bottom line. Using that model you say the only answer is to a)upgrade from a t1 to a t3 or more which would give you a mrc (monthly reaccuring charge... they hate those)of about $1000 more than what you are paying now or b)upgrade the switch to one that does QoS so that you can better utilize the current bandwidth that you have (also note that the switch purchase is a one time fee and that QoS is an industry standard/recomendation when running VoIP). The PIX switch is a no brainer, upgrade to the lates IOS version and just tell them how much more roubust it is than what you are currently using. Let me know if this helps
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