Cost effectiveness is the true bottom line of network design. Budgets and resources are limited, and building or expanding the network while staying within the predetermined budget is always a benefit to your career and proper network design. Management is literally always happy when a project comes in under budget; consider this carefully and you know how they feel when it goes over budget.
Although the five basic goals of network design can be followed in any situation, there should also be a certain mind-set during the process regarding the technology you will be using. It is important to use state-of-the-art technologies whenever possible; although, this does not mean using unproven or inadequately tested technology. By spending extra money up front, you are investing for the future, knowing that the network you are building will be able to grow, from a technological standpoint, for a longer period of time than otherwise possible.
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