The problems caused by network congestion are easily identified. By using network-monitoring tools, such as Cisco's TrafficDirector or a standard protocol analyzer, it is possible to ascertain the traffic volume either on an entire network or on individual segments. An understanding of the traffic volumes within the network can also be gained by issuing commands at the Cisco router. Commands such as show interface, show buffers, and show queuing can give a feel for the traffic levels within the network, without purchasing extra products. It is important to understand the context of the traffic flow within your network so that you can appropriately accommodate the requirements of the users and their applications, designing and building a network that will scale.
The traffic on the network typically follows the organization's business flow, responding not only to peaks and valleys in business cycles, but also to the direction of the traffic flow as well. Necessarily, the communication between the accounting department and the marketing department within the organization will reflect the network traffic. The appropriate placement of network resources, such as servers, can be considered after the organizational flow of data has been identified. The network and the placement of the servers dictate the traffic flow throughout the company. Poor design inevitably leads to congestion.
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