Follow six common steps when designing your OSPF network. These steps are not absolute and do not guarantee the perfect network but provide you with realistic considerations for a well-designed OSPF network.
The six time-proven steps to designing a network are as follows:
Step 1 Analyze the requirements.
Step 2 Develop the network topology.
Step 3 Determine the addressing and naming conventions.
Step 4 Provision the hardware.
Step 5 Deploy protocol and Cisco IOS Software features. Step 6 Implement, monitor, and maintain the network.
Although your network might not have the latest technology, it might not really need it if you objectively determine the needs of a network by following this design methodology (see Figure 4-2). A network does not always need to have routers with the latest technology; however, networks must have the capability to meet the business needs for which they were designed.
Figure 4-2 Network Design Methodology
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