Juintex fruits and Beverage Ltd is a company registered under the small and medium-sized Act in my country. The core objective of the company is to produce a cocktail of fruit juice from a variety of fruits in the world and also engage in marketing and distribution of fruits to the local and international consumer network. The management therefore needs to strategize on establishing a strong local market share before extending its products and services to the international market.
Structure of the company
The company will be structured into four main intra coordinating units to ensure cost-effectiveness measures are taken. The units are; the executive, Quality assessment unit, marketing and research unit and sales and production unit
Executive: This section involves the chief executive and the management team leaders of the aforementioned units of operations mandated to oversee the day to day operations of the company
Quality assessment unit: This unit will be responsible for determining the best quality of fruits purchased for producing high quality final product.
Marketing and research unit: This is the unit that will be responsible to ensure that the company’s products remain relevant in the market. It will coordinate all the units to enhance efficiency and effectiveness in the company.
Sales and production unit: Under this unit, the company will be able to monitor the flow of final products and the rate at which stock is accumulating and declining in the warehouse. This will enable the management evaluate the stock turnover and the reaction of the target customers to the products of the company.
One of the key factors to the company’s success in the monopolistic market will be technological advancement. All the units will be required to liaise to enhance timely communication to seal possible loopholes that could expose the company’s weaknesses and strengths to its rivals. This will be possible through internet connectivity to enable simultaneous monitoring and coordination of all units.
The company will adopt an open-ended layout office structure in each unit to caution against escalated initial fixed costs installation. Moreover it will reduce the space used for control and management. The network structure will entail installation of computers and internet connectivity in every departmental unit that will enable departments share essential files and other crucial information.
A network architecture is designed communication framework that details the physical components of the network, it principles and procedures and the function of each component. In addition it also describes the kind of information to be shared via the communication network and the billing data structure incurred in any communication period.
The network will involve connecting computers from all departments to enable simultaneous communication. The communication network will be partitioned into the following layers.
Physical layer: This layer will handle mechanical and electrical details of the network
Data-Link layer: This layer will entail coordinating of frames and error detection and recovery in the physical layer
Network Layer: Handles outgoing addresses and decoding incoming addresses along a route path
Transport Layer: Partitions messages and maintains them and determines a specific physical address. It also controls the rate of flow of messages along the system.
Operating system (OS)
The most appropriate OS will be the distributed system. It enables transferability of entire or specific portion of the required files and enhances easier communication between users through mails. Further, it is not redundant since failure of one portion does not fail the entire network.
This is the arithmetical arrangement of the network. Determining topology should be based on basic costs which involve the number of connections, communication costs that entail the number of coded messages sent and how reliable is the network if one part fails.
Multi-access Bus will be the most appropriate because the communication cost is low and failure of one portion does not fail the entire network
This is a set of rules that guide communication of different computers. Since the company will have large network of computers, Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) will be appropriate. This is because it can send data over long distance through a router and is flexible over large networks
Type of network path
Local Area Network (LAN) will be the best path because it’s fast and cheap. It operates at an average speed of 1 Gigabyte per second.
Essential in Designing
The following factors should be considered when designing the network:
This will involve identifying a domain name to the host and the internet address to enable easier communication and message retrieval.
The company will adopt Dynamic Routing (DR). The path used to transfer data is only chosen when appropriate and can easily adapt to load changes when one path is overwhelmed. To avoid arbitrary sending messages, a specific code could be assigned to every message.
Collision detection (CD): It will detect whether two or more messages are being transmitted simultaneously and will automatically stop to avoid collision and data loss.
Message Slots: A fixed length message slot is available in the system and could be partitioned to accommodate several messages
Token passing: A distinctive message circulates in the system and o ne would need to wait till it arrives back.
Securing and Maintaining the Network
- Design the communication path into different layers to caution the system against whole project failure. This enables easier detection and correction of any defect.
- I shall incorporate all stakeholders ,departmental heads and employees in designing the system to enhance effectiveness and efficiency in the technological concept
- Creation of strong passwords to protect the system from external influence
- Protecting user information will be the company’s priority. Wireless system should be coded with a strong VPN.
- Protecting network management information using Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) to shield the system from access by unauthorized personnel.
Socio-technical linkage between Juintex Ltd and Technology.
The technical aspect involves tools and devices used to design the network system. These tools are human made and pose a risk to the users and any other interested party. The social aspect involves the people involved in operating the system and the end users of the information transferred through the system. Therefore, it would be appropriate for the company to install appropriate security measures to shield both the users and the integrity of the company. The system should be user friendly to the employees rather than intimidating, complicated or oppressive. To synchronize the two crucial aspects, we shall follow the following principles: support correspondence, compatibility, ensure smooth flow of information, create departmental boundaries and enhance multifunctional approach of communication to ensure cohesiveness between the system and the work force.
Pepelnjak, Ivan. Eigrp Network Design Solutions. Indianapolis, IN: Cisco Press, 2000. Print.