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Network upgrade to disconnect system Saturday

An upgrade to the University’s network architecture will disconnect systems on Saturday, March 28, reports Information Technology Services. The work involves migration to a new network core, says Steve Banyai, assistant director of IT Services. Part of the multi-year plan to refresh campus technology, the upgrade will provide faster, more-reliable connections.

“When fully implemented, the new technology architecture will deliver redundant network connectivity at 10 Gb speeds, 10 times faster than the current network speed,” he says. “This improved performance will enable faster wireless networking and increased use of high bandwidths applications such as video-based distance learning.”

During the migration, users will not have access to a number of systems and services hosted by IT Services, including Internet access. The Business Systems Support lead in each area will contact users affected by system unavailability.

The work will begin at 6 a.m. Saturday and may take as long as eight hours. IT Services staff will be onsite throughout the day and will provide periodic status updates on the HelpDesk phone message at 519-253-3000, ext. 4440.