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Network switch lifecycle upgrades continue


As part of the “lifecycle-in-perpetuity” effort within ITS Communication Technologies, during fiscal year 2017-2018 ITS upgraded the networking equipment infrastructure in 37 buildings and for the campus border and Wi-Fi core routers.

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The Communication Technologies Funding Model, which provides a defined lifecycle refresh budget, continues to make such upgrades possible.

All network switches across campus are now capable of delivering a minimum of a gigabit per second of throughput to each individual device, enabling greater productivity and efficiency in the use of the network, said Jim Gogan, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Communication Technologies. All remaining legacy 10/100 Mbit switches were upgraded a year ago.

This work needs to continue – requirements are growing for 10 Gbit connections with 40 and 100 Gbit core connections. In addition, ITS still has more than 250 network switches (less than 10 percent of the network) that are now “end-of-life” with the vendor, meaning that any bugs that are identified won’t be addressed. These will be the priority for fiscal year 2018-2019 upgrades.

ITS upgraded the following buildings in fiscal year 2017-2018: Glaxo, WUNC, Sheryl-Mar, Wilson Library, Bioinformatics Building, South Chiller, Evergreen House, Cheek/Clark Building, Battle Hall, Carolina Center for Educational Excellence, Cobb Deck, Hickerson House, Coates Building, 116 S. Merritt Mill, Northeast Chiller, Manning Steam Plant, Manning Substation, Joint Child Care, Cobb Chiller, Finley Golf Course, East Chiller, North Chiller, ROTC, Carolina Living and Learning Center, Bingham Facility, Chapman Hall, Manning Hall, Energy Services, Student and Academic Services Building North (SASB), Caudill Labs, WUNC-Durham, Carrington, Alumni Center, Porthole, Y-Court, Brauer Hall and Ernie Williamson Athletic Center.


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