Tip 1

Use a paper and pencil to sketch out the core components of your network to start building your diagram. Just like a cartoon artist or watercolor painter, you need to determine the basic layout and shapes first. Once you get the foundation built, it is easy to fill in the rest with details and useful information. By working out a visual concept/layout, your design will make sense to non technical people and turn a typically boring drawing into a potential work of art.

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Example 1-1

In this example, we have a company with four total data centers, three using a UVN ring for the core connectivity. There are also thirteen administration/support locations.

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Example 1-2

In Example 2, we have three distinct layers – Core, Distribuion, and Access. There is a focus on these three layers, balancing all of the objects in a symmetrical and non-clutered way.


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Example 1-3

In this final example, we have a WAN that consists of a main data center (w/Internet access), four additional facilities, and thirteen small offices. Since there is only one main data center, we have that as our main focus and “radiate” the medium and small sites from there. We keep a balanced design that is easy to understand.

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