CONTENTS1Introduction.22Specification of new Computers by category.32.
1Designers32.2Sales Support and Accounts52.3Sales Manager52.4Production Technicians52.5Production Manager52.
6Site Director52.7Directors PA52.8ICT Engineer52.9Salespeople73Ancillary Equipment93.1Printers94Network Requirements104.1Server Specification104.
2Communications Equipment115Training Requirements126Network Resources Plan127Supplier Evaluation and Selection127.1Reputation127.2Quality components137.
3Warranty137.4After sales service138APPENDIX A141 Introduction. This report is to identify the various network components that will be implemented and in which configuration. It will also identify the specification of each computer for each section of the company and what peripherals will be used.
 The various parts of your organisation that require I.T. support and training are also highlighted in this report.
 It will also focus on which steps should be taken to choose the correct supplier and how the introduction of the new network should be implemented.2 Specification of new Computers by category. 2.1 DesignersProcessor Intel Xeon processor running at 2GHz  Intel 860 Chipset with 400MHz system busMemory 1GB dual-channel PC800 ECC Rambus RDRAM memoryI/O Ports Two 9-pin serial connectors; 16550-compatible 25-pin parallel connector (bi-directional) 6-pin mini-DIN keyboard connector 6-pin mini-DIN mouse connector RJ45 NIC connector Four USB-compliant 4-pin connectors (two front and two rear)I/O Slots One 4X AGP Pro110 3 32bit 33MHz PCI slots 2 64bit 66MHz PCI slots 2 IEEE 1394 portsStorage 36GB high performance (Ultra160) SCSI (10,000RPM) hard drive 16x/8x40x CDRW DriveGraphics Card Professional Graphics Card: 3DLabs Wildcat TM II 5110 (128MB SDRAM)Monitor 21″ (19.8″ viewable) TFT Ultrascan MonitorCommunications Integrated Network Interface – 3Com Fast EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI with Wakeup on LANInput Devices Enhanced Performance USB keyboard with 7 programmable hotkeys Microsoft 2-button USB Intellimouse (wheelmouse)Additional Input CalComp CADPRO Graphic Tablet The specification of this machine has been chosen with high performance in mind. Because of the intensive 3D modelling that the designers would be producing, a fast Processor and specialist Graphics Card were fitted.  The hard drive used has also been chosen for high capacity and spin speed for fast retrieval of large files.
 A large flat panel monitor was also specified for increased viewing which is essential for this type of work and for space saving. When choosing the memory I decided for a 1GB PC800 ECC Rambus RDRAM memory module this leaves two RIMM slots free for later expansion. This type of memory has a high bandwidth and runs at the same speed as the 400MHz system bus.
 The Graphic Tablet was chosen because of the increased interface it achieves with CAD programs.For details of information sources see Appendix A 2.2 Sales Support and Accounts2.3 Sales Manager 2.4 Production Technicians2.
5 Production Manager2.6 Site Director2.7 Directors PA2.8 ICT EngineerALL THE ABOVE PEOPLE WILL HAVE THE SAME SPECIFICATION MACHINES AS BELOW.Dell OPTIPLEX GX110 Mini Tower Processor Intel Pentium III processor with Intel 810E chipset running at 1GHz Front side bus: 133MHzMemory 256MB 133MHz SDRAM memoryStorage Enhanced IDE S.M.
20GB ATA 100 5400 RPM hard drive 16x/8x/40x CDRW DriveI/O Ports 2 USB ports 2 serial ports 1 parallel port RJ-45 network port 2 PS/2 ports (keyboard and mouse)Graphics Card Mainstream Graphics Card: Nvidea Geforce 2 MX200 (32MB SDRAM)Monitor 17″ Flat Panel (17.0″ viewable) Analog and Digital capableCommunications 3Com Fast EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI with Wakeup on LAN This Specification has been chosen for Functionality in everyday use. The processor chosen is one that is capable for running everyday applications and achieves a good performance for the price. The amount of memory used is more than enough to run multiple applications  The hard drive is of standard specification and has a good capacity for the price. The Graphics card is a powerful card and will easily run any applications used, it has been chosen because it offers good performance for the price. The monitor has been chosen for space saving.
For details of information sources see Appendix A 2.9 SalespeopleDell INSPIRON 4100 Mobile Laptop ComputersProcessor Intel Mobile Pentium III processor-M with Intel SpeedStep technology running at 866MHz  133 MHz external BUS frequencyMemory 256MB 133MHz SDRAM memory Upgradeable to 1 GB maximumI/0 Ports 9-pin serial connector 25-hole pin parallel connector Infrared communications port (IrDA-1.1 compliant) Audio jacks 15-pin monitor connector Docking connector 6-pin PS/2-style keyboard, mouse or keypad USB (Universal Serial Bus) 4-pin connector S-Video for TV out 3-pin AC adapter Kensington Lock Socket RJ11 and RJ45 connectorPower 8-cell “Intelligent” Lithium Ion battery 53 W/hr AC Adapter: Input voltage: 90 to 264 VAC Output power: 70 WattsInput Devices Keyboard: 88 keys with 12 function keys PS/2compatible Touchpad pointer; 20 points/mm (500 points/inch) resolution – Single Point standard, DualPoint optionalStorage 20GB ATA 100 IDE (5400 RPM) hard drive 8x/4x/20x CD-RW Graphics Card ATI Mobility Radeon 3D 16MB video graphics card (integrated)Communications Internal 10/100 Ethernet card as standard Internal 56K capable v.90 data/fax modem as standard Laptops have being chosen because of the sales teams being geographically dispersed, this allows them to quickly retrieve information, process this information on site and then send this information via their mobile phone and laptop to the office.
 The speed of the processor chosen is adequate for the type of work that will be performed on the laptop and features advanced power management for extending the battery life. The hard drive chosen is of a large enough size as most of the files can be transferred to a desktop computer via the docking port or alternatively saved to CDR using the CD-RW Drive fitted.For details of information sources see Appendix A 3 Ancillary Equipment3.1 PrintersA HP LaserJet 8550 A3 Colour Laser printer has been chosen for proofing of documents by the designers before been sent to the production section and for every day documents produced by the other sections.
This has been chosen for: - Memory capacity which is 128mb Its fast 200 MHz processor  The ability to handle different types of media. It has a good duty cycle of 60,000 pages per month It has up to four trays, which can hold up to 3,100 pages This printer comes network ready and will be connected to the networkFor the Managers and Directors HP LaserJet 4100n A4 Mono Laser printers have been specified. These have been chosen for: - Good performance for price Network ready if needed to connect to network at later date Good standard memory (32MB) Can be expanded with additional paper trays for increased paper handling These printers will be standalone and not connected to the networkFor details of information sources see Appendix A 4 Network Requirements4.
1 Server SpecificationDell PowerEdge 4400 ServerProcessor Pentium III Xeon processor running at 2GHz 133MHz front side bus 32KB level 1 cache 256KB full-speed, level 2 cache Quad-peer PCI Architecture that supports 64-bit/66MHz PCIMemory 2GB PC 133MHz SDRAM  8 DIMM sockets on systemboardStorageHard Drives: 4 36GB high-performance Ultra3 (Ultra160) SCSI (10,000 rpm) hard driveSCSI Controllers: Dual integrated Adaptec AIC-7899 Ultra3 (Ultra 160) SCSI controller at 160MB/s Integrated Ultra/Narrow SCSI-3 Adaptec AIC-7880 for CD-ROM and tape backup devicesRAID Controllers: Integrated PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller, Version 3, Dual Channel (PERC 3/Di) with up to 128MB battery-backed cacheTape Backup: PowerVault 100T DLT1 Tape Drive (40GB/80GB)I/O SlotsQuad-peer, 64-bit architecture: 7 PCI slots 2 x 64-bit/66MHz (hot-plug) 2 x 64-bit/33MHz (hot-plug) 2 x 64-bit/33MHz 1 x 32-bit/33MHzDrive Bays Hot-pluggable Hard Drive Bays: Eight hard drive bays Externally accessible removable media bays: Three 5.25″ half-height bays – for one CD-ROM, two available; dedicated 3.5″ diskette bays Up to 40X max. SCSI CD-ROM Standard 3.5″ 1.44MB diskette drive Optional: Two, hot-plug 1″ hard drives can be installed in multimedia baysI/O Ports PS/2 keyboard, PS/2 mouse, 2 serial, parallel, video ports System management bus optional through cablesGraphics Integrated VGA-compatible, ATI-Rage IIc controllerCommunications Integrated Intel Pro/100+ Server Adapter 128K single-port, PCI BRI ISDN modemInput Devices Windows Performance 101-key Dell PS/2-styleChassis Full-tower Chassis 7U rack heightPower Hot-pluggable: Two 320W redundant power supply PowerSupply Distribution Board (PSDB) provides hot-pluggability and proper load-balancing Individual, hot-pluggable, redundant cooling fans APC Smart-UPS 1400i – stand-alone, 950W4.2 Communications Equipment 2 x 24 port 3-com office Connect hubs  1 patch panel UTP Category 5 cabling  3Com Fast EtherLink XL 10/100 PCI with Wakeup on LAN installed in workstationsFor details of information sources see Appendix A 5 Training Requirements Training will be given for all staff on the usage of the new network, this will include the process of turning the computer on and off properly, and the correct logging in and out process.
This will ensure that all data on the network is kept secure and also prevent software errors and data loss occurring through improper shut down procedures.  Emphasise will also have to be placed on the correct directory to be used to save all-important work. Full training will also be given on the importance of daily backups been performed with the specified tape backup, although this would probably be carried out by the ICT engineer, it would be of greater security to the business if more than one person was fully trained in this area. One more area of training, which is of importance, is Health and Safety.
This would be introduced to highlight the correct positioning of the workstations to be used. This would include the correct height and angle of the monitor to reduce eyestrain. Proper positioning of the keyboard, and the correct height and angle of the chair been used.6 Network Resources Plan I have decided to place all the network resources in the main central office area in the room where the printer will be stationed.
This will be a star topology.This will include the File Server, two 24-port hubs for each half of the office, the patch panel and the UPS Power Supply.The cabling will be run under the floor to each socket fitted into the floor, which a workstation can be connected to. 7 Supplier Evaluation and SelectionThe choosing of a supplier is an important decision and one that could in the long run cost more to the business than first anticipated. I will try and highlight different areas of this process, that can affect your decision, and hopefully this will achieve the aims required.
7.1 ReputationThis is an important factor when choosing a supplier. Has the supplier got a good reputation? If possible talk to existing customers and ask their opinion.7.
2 Quality componentsMake sure that the supplier is using good quality components and that they are matched well with each other. It might be a good idea at the time to go with the cheapest quote, but if the components used are of inferior quality then they will probably fail much quicker and so will cost the business money in computer down time and the cost of replacing the components. 7.3 WarrantyIt is essential that the systems bought come with a good warranty. Make sure that the supplier offers a good standard warranty. If possible this should at a minimum include onsite repairs and cover parts and labour. Look to see if the supplier offers more comprehensive warranties that give better response time i.
e. 24 hours 7 days a week repairs service with possibly a quick onsite response time of 5 hours. This for a business is more essential than the basic warranty, which is usually targeted at the home market.
7.4 After sales service This is probably the most important factor to consider. Make sure that the company has a good past record of after sales service. This should include courtesy follow up phone calls to see if every thing is all right, and prompt response to problems that might occur. A company might offer a good warranty on paper but if they don’t follow up their promises then the warranty is not worth the paper it is written on.
Again the only way to gauge this is to talk to past customers and get their reactions.8 APPENDIX ASource material for assignment was attained from the following sources.Internet Websiteswww. Dell.
co.ukwww. Pctechguide.comwww.howstuffworks.comwww.calcomp.comwww.pcguide.comMagazinesPC Answers