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Emerging Network Technologies; High Speed LAN and WAN Solutions

Course Objectives and Target Audience
Several emerging high speed networking technologies offer solutions to network application demands for the next decade and threaten to largely obsolete current "first generation" LAN implementations with new, more cost/effective developments.

This seminar provides a systematic introduction to emerging high speed network technologies and provides a framework for planning a migration to these new architectures, identifying where the new technology can be used to selectively enhance performance of business networks.

Emerging Network Technologies; High Speed LAN and WAN Solutions is recommended to anyone interested in the rapidly paced developments and technological change that is overtaking computer networks, impacting the spectrum of configurations from LAN through MAN to WAN architectures:

• people who have responsibility for keeping their corporate networks current with new developments, or advise in this area.
• network administrators, whose job it is to appreciate the capacity limitations of first generation technology, and help users be successful with available resources.
• systems analysts and project planners who are uncertain as to the effect of new network technology on their areas of responsibility.
• people newly appointed to responsibility with corporate and enterprise networks, who need to be familiar with new developments and directions in the industry.
• professionals anxious to maintain their essential familiarity with the changing technological landscape of networked business computing.

This seminar program will provide answers to questions about existing and developmental high speed network technologies and deliver insight into appropriate applications of the technology by:

• developing a systematic, detailed view of available and promised technologies
considering and explaining the relative strengths and weaknesses of each
presenting an applications-oriented view of where each technology makes sense
showing you how your organization can benefit from planning to selectively adopt high speed network technology
• suggesting areas where caution must be blended with optimism in planning to deploy this class of technology

Format and Prerequisites
Emerging Network Technologies; High Speed LAN and WAN Solutions is designed as a two-day program, comprising approximately 12 hours of instruction.

A permanent, comprehensive workbook is included for each attendee -- which provides a work-along class reference manual with a cross-referenced, comprehensive subject index, encyclopedic glossary and recommended reading catalog.

Emerging Network Technologies; High Speed LAN and WAN Solutions assumes familiarity with intermediate level data networking principles and methods, such as is provided with Network Solutions: LANs and LAN Connectivity

Program Outline: Emerging Network Technologies; High Speed LAN and WAN Solutions

(i) Introduction
LAN Technology; Traditions and Directions
Network Timing and Control Concepts
Overview of Call Control Options
Network Traffic Characteristics
Overview; High Speed LAN Technologies

(ii) Trends In IT Which Demand New Solutions
Client/Server Computing Issues
Intranet/Web Application Support
Multimedia and Video Conferencing Applications
Graphics-Intensive Networked Applications
Application Profile; How The Technology is Used

(iii) Limitations of First Generation LANs and WANs
Conventional Bridged/Routed Connectivity
Conventional Capacity Mitigation Strategies
Technology Scalability Concepts
Half Duplex vs. Full Duplex LAN Operation
Strategies For Dealing With A Saturated LAN

(iv) Extending Hub Architectures
Intelligent and Switching Hubs
Store-and-Forward vs. Cut-Through Switching
Switching vs. Routing Feature Comparison
Virtual LANs; Concepts and Features
Comparison; Layer 2 vs. Layer 3 Switched VLANs

(v) High Speed Desktop Technologies
100 Base-T (Fast Ethernet) Features
Switched 100 Base-T Configurations
100VG-AnyLAN and Isochronous Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
25 Mbps Desktop ATM

(vi) Metropolitan Area Network Technologies

The MAN as An Extended High Speed LAN
The Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)
Functions of Layered Elements of FDDI
FDDI Configurations -- Design Considerations
Synchronous and/or Switched FDDI
Distributed Queue - Dual Bus (DQDB) MANs

(vii) Frame Relay WAN Internetworking
Comparison of Packet Switching Technologies
ISDN Standards - The Source of Frame Relay
Congestion Control & Throughput Dependencies
Call Control; X.25 Compared With Frame Relay
Frame Relay Network Operating Features

(viii) Cell Relay and ATM Internetworking

Broadband ISDN; Heritage of Cell Relay and ATM
ATM Features, Adaptation Layers & Cell Structure
Virtual Path, Switching and Traffic Shaping
ATM Classes of Service and Traffic Partitioning
ATM vs. Router-Based Connectivity
ATM: MPOA and PNNI Sub-Specifications

(ix) SONET/SDH WAN Technologies
North American vs. ITU Technology Comparisons
SONET/SDH Signal Hierarchy Summary
Synchronous Multiplexing Procedures
Physical and Logical Views of SONET/SDH
STS-1 Framing Features

(x) Convergence of Elements - BISDN
Definition of Convergence
The Information Highway Infrastructure
Switched Multi-Megabit Data Service
SMDS Network Configuration Illustration
SMDS Applications and Extensions

(xi) Other High Speed Technologies To Watch
Fibre Channel; Concepts and Topologies
HIPPI; Parallel and Serial
Manhattan Street Network
High Speed Wireless Technologies and Standards

Glossary of Terminology
Suggestions For Further Reading

General Index


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