An Overview of Network Design and Its Practices

Current trends in software engineering include the increasing adoption of cloud computing, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning, the trend toward a microservices architecture, and the rise of low-code and no-code platforms. There is also a growing emphasis on DevOps and agile methodologies to streamline the development and deployment process.

A well-designed network must provide efficient communication and data exchange, ensure network security and reliability, and support the organization’s evolving needs. Network design also involves the consideration of scalability, meaning the network should be able to accommodate growth and expansion over time.

With all this onboard, Orthogone software engineering offers expertise in designing high-performance networking equipment.

What is meant by network design?

Network design refers to planning and organizing a computer network’s configuration to meet an organization’s specific requirements. It involves the selection of hardware and software components, the definition of network architecture, the determination of network protocols, IP addressing, and the allocation of network resources such as bandwidth and storage.

The network design process typically begins with a comprehensive assessment of the organization’s requirements and goals, followed by selecting the appropriate technology and architecture. The next step is to develop a detailed network plan that includes a description of the network components, protocols, and topology. The final step is the implementation and testing of the network design, which involves installing and configuring the hardware and software components, and verifying that the network is operating as expected. 

In order to make efficient decisions throughout the process, one must know effective network design practices.

  • Early integration of security 

In the growing technological space, security must be the topmost concern. When security is made a priority from the beginning, the security posture is less likely to have a gap. And since the security is foolproof, the overall network performance is bound to improve.

  • Standardization

Aspects like troubleshooting, patching, asset management and maintenance can be made easier by standardizing them! 

  • Creating and maintaining network documentation

To create and maintain network documentation, one must identify the components of the network, create a diagram of the network, and document the network information, etc. 


The field of software engineering is constantly evolving with new technologies and practices being developed and adopted. As such, software engineers must stay up-to-date with the latest developments in their field and continuously strive to improve their skills and knowledge.