Networking in Costco

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Literature Review

A network is defined as the simple connection of the communication and computing device components which is accomplished prior the use of the communication channels with the object of enabling the sharing of resources and information. Any organization will require a well-defined network to facilitate the operations. All the actions mentioned describe the concept of networking. Therefore, networking is a practice that highly depends on by many organization and at the individual level (Zelkowitz, 2009).

History and background of networking

Networking is believed to have started with the ARPANET development in the late 1960. However, this is about the establishment of the internet. The Internet has been the technology that has got the further implementation of the networks as it provides the clear description of the network applications. Ideally, the networking aspect has been developing from the use of the calculators to the wireless connections (ICP Networks, n.d).

In 1940, George Stibitz was the primary person who exercised the concept of networking when he applied the teletype machine in sending instructions to solve a set of a problem on his complex number calculator and receiving the answers as well using the same mode. This provided a way to growth where in 1950’s there was the use of the radar systems of the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE). The SAGE was used by the military, and this marked the early networks communication using the computers (Crowther-Heyck, 2003).

In 1960m the commercial airline introduced the online connection of two mainframes in its reservation system where it adopted the Semi-automatic business research environment (SABRE). In 1962, there was the linking/ interconnection of the output devices such as the teletypewriters to the computers. The idea was the interest of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) through a group referred to as the intergalactic computer network. In the later years of 1964, there was the introduction of the time-sharing system that was developed in Dartmouth with the objective of ensuring the distribution of users over a large computer system. It was in 1965 when the ARPANET through Thomas Marill and Lawrence G. Roberts who developed the first wide area network ever. From this time, the different networking technologies of X.25, the TCP/IP, Frame Relay began emerging to support the existing network (Blackledge, 2014). By then there was the introduction of the internet, and things were growing fast than expected. Currently, the computer networks are defined as the core modern communication whereby the public switched telephone network (PSTN) remains to be computer controlled (Masaya, Hidenori, Takashi, Toshiya, Kenichi & Katsutoshi, 2015).

Networking technologies

Networking has been developing and is outlined with a variety of technologies. Supportively there are special services and operations in networking that have made the success of the technologies applied (Grant & IGI Global, 2001). Some of the technologies adopted include the telephone network that s defined of the circuit switching with the specialization in voice. We have the internet that defines the global and public information architecture and infrastructure that applies the switching technique of datagram packet switching. We also have the ATM that adopts the VC packet switching that has been the replacement of the telephone networks due to the success in internet adoption (Chen, 2005).


Iteration 1: Orientation

The orientation process will provide a way of understanding the management and the operations of the Costco Wholesale corporations. The iteration is outlined with the basic of being introduced to the networking devices, technologies procedures and operations undertaken by the corporation. The most actions during the iteration will be holding some meeting with the respective departments to have the introduction. However, it will get implemented through the movement from one office to the other.

Iteration 2: Appreciation and understating of the networking concepts and principles

My objective is to have the experience and skills that are associated with networking. Before, the implementation of the other tasks I will have to take time and appreciate the different technologies and general concepts behind networking. This will act as a building block of getting one reminded of the required knowledge in the subsequent activities. This will involve the studying the concepts through online research and conduct some professional consultations.

Iteration 3: Training

The training iteration will be a way of studying the technology applied within the Costco Corporation. Also, the procedures adopted in undertaking the networking activities. This will involve the holding of the meeting and attend the immediately planned seminars.

Iteration 4: Designing and developing a network

By this point, I will have to design or intend to introduce change to the existing network. The iteration will involve the designing of the proposed networking and develop through the implementation.

Iteration 5: Network administration and management

The iteration is taken as the proprietor of the project. This is a section that will demand keenness on learning and exercising the network administration and management roles. It will involve the appreciation of the duties and the possible ways of providing the services and operations.

Iteration Visual Representation

Iteration 1: Orientation







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Chen, W.-K. (2005). The electrical engineering handbook. Boston: Elsevier Academic Press.

Crowther-Heyck, H. (2003). From Whirlwind to Mitre: The R&D Story of the SAGE Air Defense Computer (Book). IEEE Annals Of The History Of Computing, 25(3), 85.

Grant, G., & IGI Global. (2001). Managing telecommunications and networking technologies in the 21st century: Issues and trends. Hershey, Pa: IGI Global (701 E. Chocolate Avenue, Hershey, Pennsylvania, 17033, USA.

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Masaya, O., Hidenori, I., Takashi, T., Toshiya, M., Kenichi, H., & Katsutoshi, K. (2015). Cross-connect System with Packet Transport Technology. NTT Technical Review, 13(7), 1-7.

Zelkowitz, M. V. (2009). Advances in computers: Volume 76. Amsterdam: Elsevier/Academic Press.

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