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Network maintenance windows this weekend, Oct. 12-14

Published Thursday, October 11th, 2018

As I mentioned in our last newsletter,we have a project underway to increase the amount of internet bandwidth available to campus.

Greetings all,

As I mentioned in our last newsletter,we have a project underway to increase the amount of internet bandwidth available to campus.  That is a four stage project.  One stage we’ve already completed and the next stage we plan to get done this weekend (Sunday morning at 8AM to be precise).  Be on the lookout for announcements in the near future on the remaining two stages.

We’re also working on an entirely new way of connecting devices in buildings to the network.  In the past, we’ve used fiber optic cable shaped like a hub and spoke, centered on the library.  Moving forward, we’ll be using fiber optic rings shaped roughly like a four leaf clover covering the whole campus converging in the library.  This new method will not only provide the ability to easily scale up bandwidth available to each building, but also enhance security and help insulate the network from some occasional outages we’ve experienced in the past.  The Center for Applied Technology will be the first building using this state of the art method and we will slowly expand it over the entire campus. 

Friday evening we’ll be making some preliminary changes to the core network to facilitate both the fiber ring architecture and the internet expansion.  We don’t anticipate any down time, but we’ll be doing that work from 9 to 10PM.

So – in summary – the network is getting some improvements J 

  • Friday evening from 9 to 10PM; and,
  • Sunday morning from 8 to 9 AM

We do anticipate that the internet will be unavailable for brief periods on Sunday morning (including accessing WSC hosted systems such as www, online-new, and eCampus from off-campus). 

Thanks for your patience as we move things forward!!

Finally – it’s week two of Cyber Security Awareness Month!!  Want some tips on protecting yourself, your data, and those around you?  Check out:

https://www.lockdownyourlogin.org/

 

Here’s hoping you have a fabulous fall break!

JD