I'm very pleased to report that we had an uneventful Easter weekend in IT ... things worked as expected although our credit card transactions are still laggy.
Today Ed and I spent about 5 hours talking about next steps for our network infrastructure. Before hand I spent some time cleaning up my office and rearranging it a bit so we have more wall space for brainstorming ... time to get another 4x8 whiteboard for me crib :-)
A couple people left comments on my prior posts inquiring about our network diagram ... here's the basic IDF diagram in all it's whiteboard glory
We have 5 IDF's (aka wiring closets/rooms) ... we don't count our server room. No, the "new IDF" is not really new anymore, it is the most recent though and is the future network core and server room. Even our cat5e IDF ties are short enough that we get Gig to the desktop to everyone.
After chatting with Terry last week and Ed and I pondering on this over the weekend, here's what our dream scenario would look like
It includes putting a new HP 5406 + GBIC module in the new IDF which then frees up managed Dell 5324 switches to displace the remaining non-managed 2624's we had. We'd add 2 new fiber runs and end up with fiber home runs from each switch back to the 5406. The server rack gets 6 cat6 direct runs to the 5406 (only 4 are currently needed). This would give us a fast fully managed switch environment and the shortest path from clients to servers ... and the big key is finally moving us to routable VLANs. Problem is the price tag .. CHA-CHING!
So instead for the immediate future we'll put a 5406 in the new IDF, replace all 2624's with 5324's, run the straight server shots, and start adding lots of VLANs. We'll work on the rest as time and budget allow.
So now to adding more VLANs ... we currently have 2. We basically started with clean slate and started listing what devices or "unique" end users are attached to each IDF. Then we started writing down what devices/users should be in their own VLAN for management, monitoring, security, performance, etc. Then finally we started assigning IP ranges based on a few criteria to each VLAN group staying with the 10.10.X.X scheme (because that's my favorite). By 5:30pm we had what we felt was a great draft to work from.
On paper we're going from 2 to 18 VLANs which will really carve up our traffic for much improved network performance and better monitoring/troubleshooting. Now it's time to start getting bids on the HP 5406 so we can start work on this when we get back from the roundtable next week.