Moving from a Hierarchical Network Design to Flat Network?
Posted on 2009-04-23
We are Community College with a Cisco Network design. We currently have five campuses connected by metro E links. Each campuses have their own set of VLAN's.The school has hired Jim Grazcyk of Netway Solutions to evaluate our IT dept and network. He has recommended virtualizing some of our servers, manned help desks, active directory, exhange, etc. Most of these items are needed. The one thing that has puzzled us is why would we move to a flat network? Would this not lead to disaster? How would you handle the broadcasts on a network with 1700 computers and numerous other devices that pull ip addresses. Is there any reason for this (for virtualization? I am not familiar at all with this technology yet). How would we route traffic between campuses? Any way, as you can see the we are questioning this design change. Any input would be appreciated.