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Internet/Campus Network Upgrade

10 September 2012 No Comment

As the digital campus continues to grow exponentially, with growing requests for data delivery, consumption, and storage, the need for greater network capacity and connective speed between schools and the research networks is increasing as well.   The Center for Information Technology Services (CITS) has developed the University network through various stages over the past ten years, but the current need for schools and departments to connect at 10 gigabit speeds internally, as well as to access Internet2 (I2), the National LambdaRail (NLR), and other research networks has necessitated our greatest incremental change to date.

This core network equipment has recently been updated from its previous 1GPS (Gigabytes-per-second) level to a new high of 10Gbps (Gigabytes-per-second) to facilitate connections from any school or department that requires greater throughput. 

Additionally, our connection to the Internet via MDREN (Maryland Research and Education Network) has been upgraded to10Gbps. In order to accommodate 10Gbps speeds, our border connection devices and all network services located at the campus edge have been upgraded. This includes the routers, firewalls, the packet shaper, and our IPS (Intrusion Prevention Systems). 

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