Case Study

The company has been writing very successful multimedia applications for the last five years. The company is based in Los Angeles, although its clientele are located throughout the United States. specializes in educational software tailored to a large company's specific training needs—for example, teaching the retail sales teams of a multinational car manufacturer how to sell cars. Internally, the company needs high-bandwidth pipes that cannot be clogged with network overhead. Until recently, there was little external communication, except for the occasional connection to a customer for maintenance.

However, the company was recently bought by a British company that merged them with a small company emerging in San Francisco. Consequently, the company has grown enormously in size and looks to be growing fast and furiously in the exciting new world of digital imaging.

RIPvl is no longer adequate. Although it works well for the range of vendors within the network, it cannot cope with the WAN or the new size of the network. It has been decreed that OSPF is the routing protocol of choice.

The network administrators need to understand the mechanics of the routing protocol to design and implement it into the network. They also need to know how to interrogate the network to monitor, troubleshoot, and fix the network.

The first stage of implementation is to install OSPF on the original network in Los Angeles. The next stage will introduce the other locations after Los Angeles is installed and stable. These locations will be configured as separate areas, which is described in the following chapter.

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