Network Assessment

The network assessment is performed by the MCNC Client Network Engineering (CNE) group with the purpose to measure, analyze, and document a client network’s functionality and performance. Areas of assessment include:

  • Local Area Network (wired and wireless)
  • Wide Area Network
  • TCP/IP, DNS/DHCP, and other network protocols
  • Operations support systems
  • Security

Additional areas or specific issues can be included in the scope of the assessment at the request of the client. The information collected during the assessment will be analyzed, compared against recommended practices, and incorporated into an assessment final report. The report will be provided to the client for review and discussion approximately 2 to 4 weeks after the on-site visit.

Description

The purpose of the network assessment is to examine and document the design, configuration, and performance of the client’s network. Members of the MCNC network assessment team employ protocol analyzers, and configuration-management and performance-monitoring tools to gather network configuration and performance data for the client's network. Information collected during the assessment is analyzed and compared against best practices, and the results of this analysis are incorporated into a final assessment report. The final report organizes the observations / findings and the resulting recommendations into the five categories that the assessment team used to structure its evaluation: Design/Configuration, Security, OA&M, Performance & Capacity, and Physical Plant.

Documents

There are no documents available at this time.

Eligibility and Requirements of Service

Network assessments are available to LEAs, charter schools, and community colleges at no cost to them. All other MCNC community members including universities/colleges, non-profit healthcare, and private K-12 schools are eligible for the network assessment service, but service fees will be charged commensurate with the scope of work.

Clients may be required to provide MCNC engineers with network diagrams and administrative access to selected client network equipment.

Additional Information:

Please contact Dave Furiness, Sr. Director of Client Network Engineering by email at dfuriness@mcnc.org or submit a web request for additional information or to schedule an assessment. Priority will be given to K-12 LEAs and charter schools, and community colleges currently connected to the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).

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