Network Infrastructure Management

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Network infrastructure is the hardware and software resources of an entire network that enable network connectivity, communication, operations and management of an enterprise network. It provides the communication path and services between users, processes, applications, services and external networks/the internet.

Information flowing across networks cannot be secured without effective management of the physical and logical network infrastructure, including physical cabling, logical topologies, network devices, and network services. A centralized entity with appropriate responsibility and authority is generally the most effective way to ensure consistency and manageability across the University's Intranet and Extranets.

Network infrastructure is typically part of the IT infrastructure found in most enterprise IT environments. The entire network infrastructure is interconnected, and can be used for internal communications, external communications or both.

A typical network infrastructure includes:

  • Networking Hardware:
    • Routers
    • Switches
    • LAN cards
    • Wireless routers
    • Cables
  • Networking Software:
    • Network operations and management
    • Operating systems Firewall
    • Network security applications
  • Network Services:
    • T-1 Line
    • DSL
    • Satellite
    • Wireless protocols
    • IP addressing