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Chapter 1. Analyzing the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture

Chapter 1. Analyzing the Cisco Enterprise Campus Architecture

This chapter covers the following topics:

Over the last half century, businesses have achieved improving levels of productivity and competitive advantages through the use of communication and computing technology. The enterprise campus network has evolved over the last 20 years to become a key element in this business computing and communication infrastructure. The interrelated evolution of business and communications technology is not slowing, and the environment is currently undergoing another stage of evolution. The complexity of business and network requirements creates an environment where a fixed model no longer completely describes the set of capabilities and services that comprise the enterprise campus network today.

Nevertheless, designing an enterprise campus network is no different than designing any large, complex system—such as a piece of software or even something as sophisticated as the international space station. The use of a guiding set of fundamental engineering principles serves to ensure that the campus design provides for the balance of availability, security, flexibility, and manageability required to meet current and future business and technological needs. This chapter introduces you to the concepts of enterprise campus designs, along with an implementation process that can ensure a successful campus network deployment.

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