Patton-Fuller Community Hospital Network Project
Patton-Fuller Community Hospital is a community hospital that provides healthcare services designed to meet the needs of patients at every stage of life. The hospital was originally founded in 1975. Patton-Fuller Community Hospital has been an important part of the community since its opening. Patton-Fuller Community Hospital is located on the corner of 61st. Street and Jump Street (Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, 2013). Patton-Fuller Community Hospital has provided quality healthcare services for the entire family since its opening while keeping its patients ...view middle of the document...
Patton-Fuller also utilizes an internet server. The internet server is the same server that the Windows Exchange Sever uses. The IBM System X3250 running Linux and Apache operating systems. The server is lined to the internet through a CISCO router, model 7609 at 0C-1 (Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, 2013).
Finally Patton-Fuller uses data center workstations to be able to utilize the data that is being transmitted internally and externally to the hospital. Every workstation the hospital has includes an Apple iMac with a 2 Gigahertz processer. The workstation also contains 2 Gigabytes of memory and 350 megabyte hard drives. Each iMac is connected to a 20 inch monitor display. The entire data transmission network is connected by a 1000BaseT LAN (Patton-Fuller Community Hospital, 2013).
The Open System Interconnection Reference Model (OSI), is a framework of standards for computer to computer communications. The OSI Model was developed in 1984. This model consists of 7 different layers to develop the network. These layers are the physical layer, data link layer, network layer, transport layer, session layer, presentation layer, and the application layer (Business Data Communications & Networks, 2012).
The physical later and the data link layer work together in developing the network. These two layers control the physical transmissions over a communication circuit. Patton-Fuller uses a 1000baseT fiber network with a CAT 6 cable. This layer also consists of a single mode fiber connected to a network bridge for its physical and data link layers. The network layer and the transport layer also work together in the OSI model. These two layers perform routing and deals with end to end issues. The hospital currently uses a CISCO ASA 5510-VPN router to connect to the internet. Finally the session layer, presentation layer, and application work together to make the network operational. These three layers actually make all the data be visible to the end users. These layers also make the data and network usable to the operator. Patton-Fuller utilizes Windows Explorer and its company’s webpage for these layers (Patton-Fuller, 2013).
For Patton-Fuller to fully utilize their potential networking power, the following protocols should be utilized. Patton-Fuller should utilize a Gigabyte Ethernet Network for all its hardwired LAN connections. Gigabyte Ethernet is part of the family of Ethernet computer networking and communication standards. The Gigabit Ethernet standard supports a theoretic data rate of 1 gigabit per second. Gigabyte Ethernet networks are connected by CAT5e and CAT6 cabling (Gigabit Ethernet, 2013). The Gigabyte Ethernet network should be accomplished by using layer 3 switch. A layer 3 switch is a high-performance device for network routing. Layer 3 switches actually differ very little from routers. A Layer 3 switch can support the same routing protocols as network routers do. Both inspect incoming...