Consider a scenario for a retail enterprise with different plants and stores distributed across many states and launching a globalization strategy. This strategic plan includes increasing online presence and expanding their distribution channels. The retail chain manufactures and distributes three clothing lines that are also marketed in other major retail chains and online. The company has its headquarters in South Carolina and a major manufacturing plant in Seattle, Washington; and another in Maine; plus 30 stores nationwide; and they’ll soon be opening three international stores—one each in Spain, England, and New Zealand. They have approximately 3,000 employees. Their computing infrastructure is of approximately 500 computers, 200 point-of-sale terminals connected to servers distributed at the headquarters in South Carolina, Seattle, and Maine. There are an estimated 300 printers also distributed and shared across the network.
Using Visio or another diagraming software, create a distributed system model diagram for the proposed corporate scenario. Everyone in the headquarters should have access to the clothing line catalog, shared files, and resources. Printers, scanners, routers, and switches need to be included, plus the corporate website and the corporate intranet for sales, shipping, processing, and internal administrative tasks. Once completed, copy and paste the image to a document, and write a summary detailing the advantages and disadvantages of your solution for distributed computing for the company. Submit the original diagram file plus the summary document with your analysis and interpretation of solution.
Length: diagram, 2- to 3-page summary stating the benefits, limitations, and challenges of a distributed system, plus your interpretation.
References: Include a minimum of 5 scholarly references supporting your assignment
Your paper should demonstrate thoughtful consideration of the ideas and concepts that are presented in the course and provide new thoughts and insights relating directly to this topic. Your response should reflect graduate-level writing and APA standards. Be sure to adhere to Northcentral University’s Academic Integrity Policy.
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