The Enterprise Architecture
As described earlier, different businesses need different types of networks, depending on how the business is organized and its business goals. Unfortunately, all too often networks grow in a haphazard way as new components are added in response to immediate needs. Over time, those networks become complex and expensive to manage. Because the network is a mixture of newer and older technologies, it can be difficult to support and maintain. Outages and poor performance are a constant source of trouble for network administrators.
To help prevent this situation, Cisco has developed a recommended architecture called the Cisco Enterprise Architecture that has relevance to the different stages of growth of a business. This architecture is designed to provide network planners with a roadmap for network growth as the business moves through different stages. By following the suggested roadmap, IT managers can plan for future network upgrades that will integrate seamlessly into the existing network and support the ever-growing need for services.
he following are some examples of the modules within the architecture that are relevant to the Span Engineering scenario described earlier:
Enterprise Campus Architecture
Enterprise Branch Architecture
Enterprise Data Center Architecture
Enterprise Teleworker Architecture