Network Architecture

Posted on 2007-07-30
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have a small network map and I need someone who will be willing to explain it to me. I'm new to this and and this will be very easy to explain if you know about network architecture. It's a small map made with visio. I have no idea what it's telling me.

Question by:southerndiversity
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    It all depends on who made the map... and how qualified they were when they made it.

    I wouldn't look at it as a "map of locations", think of more as an "address book" as it should tell you:
     - The names of the Nodes on your network.
     - Their IPs, MAC addresses and any other information that was deemed "valuable" at the time the Visio was created.
     - Login information
     - how the nodes are connected to the network(physical connections)etc

    Without "seeing" the visio, its diffcult to say what is on there as the possibilities are pretty limitless. :)

    Also, i would be VERY carefull about showing that to ANYBODY on this site, no matter WHO they tell you they work for or what their "expert" status is as it could contain access information for your network that you may not want leaked.  :)

     - Brugh


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    Can someone explain how the following equipment works together:

    Hp 24A High voltage PDU
    HP Universal rack 10642 G2 Pallet Rack
    HP 1000 series Carbon Baying Kit
    HP Power cable (1.6 feet)
    HP ProLiant DL 360 G5 Server
    HP Modular Smart Array 500 599 G2
    HP 300GB pluggable Ultra320 SCSI 15,000 rpm Universal Hard Drive
    256MB Cache for standard storage controller
    HP Install Storage Smart Array Clstr SVC
    File Server - HP ProLiant DL360
    HP Storage works MSL4048 Ultrium 920 SAS Tape Library
    HP LTO3 Ultrium RW Bar Code label pack
    HPLT03 Ultrium 800 GB RW Data Cartirdge
    HP Storage works MSL2024
    HP SC44Ge Host Bus Adapter - SAS PCI-E
    Domain/DNS/Alerting Servers - HP ProLiant DL360
    SYM B/U Exec 11D Media
    Microsoft Windows Server Web edition 2003 Open Business License.
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    Hmmm... those pieces/part don't sound like a small network...  Just a WAG here (wild-a__ guess) but the Visio document seems to detail a rack mounted solution for an on-line Web DB with high storage capacity and high-volume backup capability.

    HP DL360's are your webserver (with MS Windows WebEdition), file server/ backup server (with Symantec BackupExec 11D).

    Again, just guessing, the file server is attached to the HP SAS Tape Library with LTO3 tapes (400GB/800GB storage capacity per tape) attached via FibreChannel HBA (SC44Ge Host Bus Adapter in the server).
    There's also another DL360 that has a High Capacity Backend storage attached (probably in the 1TB+ range.

    All of this equipment is rack mounted in an HP Rack with a High Voltage Power Distrubution Unit so you can run a single High Amperage circuit to your rack and then distribute power inside the rack (via the Hp24A High Voltage PDU).

    As metioned at the top here - this is just a guess - but experience would point to this direction.... your mileage may vary...
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    ^ I see pretty much the same thing.

    Definitely some sort of WEB/application hosting environment incased in a  rack with distributed power and a nice little Tape Backup solution with an Auto-loader.

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    It seems to be a clustered webserver for a medium sized business, or a major overkill solution for a small business.

    If you are the only network/server person, I would guess it is the later, since this would normally require a server qualified person with a good bit of experience to properly run on a day to day basis.   (As I reread this it sounds worse than I thought, I am not trying to diss you, I am just trying to say that this type of system would normally be in a place with 2-3 admins, not just 1.)

     Make sure that your quote includes training.

    Author Comment

    I was handed a purchase order with this equipment on it and the technical manager wants me to come up with a network map using visio. I only have a support background....I'm not a network engineer or anything like that.
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    That person has done you a disservice.

    There are many ways that equipment could be hooked together or to the rest of the world.

    It looks like a bundled hp solution, so that as far as the network is concerned it will just be a box with 2 network connections. (One for each of the 2 computers.)

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