Internetwork costs fall into two general categories :
- One-time fixed costs ( Equipments purchased, such as HW & SW )
- Recurring costs ( Monthly circuit fees from ISP, Ongoing Salaries of Engineers )
When used at its maximum, each becomes a trade-off of the other. As a result, the Design Professional must carefully weigh the relative importance of resource availability and overall cost. If you could make a network completely fault-tolerant, this could be done only at a cost that most businesses would consider unacceptable. Beware of designing redundancy just for the sake of redundancy.