Network Equipment -- List of all current network equipment such as routers, switches, encryptors, their current operating system (if any) and version number, their current IP addresses, their physical location, and their logical (network) location.
Connection between my organization's network and other organization's is provided using the Internet as the medium. The danger in doing this is that there is no privacy on this channel, and it's difficult to provide the other office access to internal resources without providing those resources to everyone on the Internet.
To prevent this bottleneck in security I plan to use VPN. VPNs provide the ability for two offices to communicate with each other in such a way that it looks like they're directly connected over a private leased line. The session between them, although going over the Internet, is private because the link is encrypted. Also the link is convenient, because each can see each other's internal resources without showing them off to the entire world.
A number of firewall vendors are including the ability to build VPNs in their offerings, either directly with their base product, or as an add-on. If you have needed to connect several offices together, this might very well be the best way to do it.
Network performance is common problem of growth for corporations. ...
If you have needed to connect several offices together, this might very well be the best way to do it.
Problems of Growth
There are two problems of integration of the other company's existing network infrastructure into my organisations: performance and infrastructure.
Network performance is common problem of growth for corporations. A lot of companies haven't easily been able to gather the data needed to illustrate what was flowing over their networks. In most cases, companies took a reactive rather than a proactive approach. After users complained about slow response times, a technician would walk to various network-connection points, install a protocol analyser that would gather network throughput data and generate reports outlining how different segments were performing, and then manually sift through the reports to determine a problem's source. This process was both time-consuming and error-prone.
Now many network-equipment vendors working with the Internet Engineering Task Force began to outline standards that could automate the collection of performance data, that enables network managers to automatically pull management information from network devices, such as routers and switches. So when they see that network traffic exceeds existent equipment's performance abilities, they can order more productive equipment.
Integration of one company's existing network infrastructure into the others may need structural changes in the existing network. Good solution can be treating new company as a branch, so I need to provide a sub-domain to its network and to build trust relations accordingly.
Since the new company uses Windows for desktops and servers and current support