University's entire network core to be updated

Monday, February 5, 2024

Information Systems & Technology (IST) will begin work this year to refresh the University’s core network equipment. Current network technology is nearing end-of-life, providing an opportune time to review the current environment and institute changes that will improve performance and allow for the optimization of the core network components as future demand requires.

Impact to clients and planned communications

To minimize the disruption that will occur for our clients, migration to the new core equipment will be completed through several planned and communicated early morning or weekend service windows. Members of the campus community can expect to see announcements about this work, including specific maintenance windows, as this initiative progresses. Work is expected to begin in February and take most of the year to complete.

Technical bytes

Did you know? The current core network operates with bonded 10 gigabit per second (Gbps) connectivity to provide an aggregated bandwidth approaching 40Gbps. The new equipment is based on 100Gbps individual links, providing bonded and/or fully active paths up to 400Gbps.