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Top-Down Network Design, Third Edition by Priscilla Oppenheimer

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Chapter 2. Analyzing Technical Goals and Tradeoffs

This chapter provides techniques for analyzing a customer’s technical goals for a new network design or network upgrade. Analyzing your customer’s technical goals can help you confidently recommend technologies that will perform to your customer’s expectations.

Typical technical goals include scalability, availability, network performance, security, manageability, usability, adaptability, and affordability. Of course, there are tradeoffs associated with these goals. For example, meeting strict requirements for performance can make it hard to meet a goal of affordability. The section “Making Network Design Tradeoffs” later in this chapter discusses tradeoffs in more detail.

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