Another important factor when designing campus switching is considering the network applications that will be used. Once the physical and geographical aspects are clear, the network designer should characterize what types of applications will be processed within the network.
The first category of applications that must be identified involves the critical (core) applications. The rest of the services will fall under the optional intelligence category. This information should be well documented and gathered during the design process, which was detailed earlier in this manual.
The network applications (illustrated in Figure 4.4 below) can be divided into the following types . . .
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