Network Upgrade

Welcome to CIO Corner! This is the premier installment of what will be monthly notes to the UIW community from the office of the CIO, keeping the community “in the know” on developments within the information resources division, such as new technology projects and services..

As you’re likely aware, in February, the university experienced two Internet outages as the result of ongoing construction on Hildebrand. We understand the impact this has on learning and teaching, and, even before the recent outages, have been working on a solution to prevent network down time.

In late March, we will begin implementing a plan that will not only dramatically increase our network capacity, but also give the campus redundancy, or two separate points of access, to the Internet.

While we will continue to receive Internet service through AT & T, we will be increasing the amount of bandwidth we purchase from the company more than three-fold, from just over 300 Megabits per second, to 1,000 Megabits per second, or one Gigabit.

In addition, another fiber optic line providing Internet connectivity will be installed near the ICC, with service provided by Time Warner, giving UIW a second Gigabit of data transfer. The timeline for this addition is two to three months, and — even if there are delays caused by the construction of the new residence hall — it will be in place for the fall semester.

This will not only increase the amount of bandwidth available to the campus more than seven times, as compared to today’s level, but will also keep Internet connectivity from being disrupted should service from one of our providers be interrupted.

With this dual solution in place, we will have mitigated the chances of experiencing any Internet down time.

Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics for the CIO Corner; as always, my digital door is always open…

Sincerely,

Marshall Eidson
Vice President for Information Resources and CIO

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