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Status of current CITES projects

Two of the major IT projects and initiatives are listed on this page. More will be added to the list soon.

Campus Network Upgrade Project

CITES is currently just over three years into the Campus Network Upgrade Project, an ambitious five-year, $20-million initiative that began in late 2004 to upgrade more than 260 campus buildings with the latest in state-of-the-art data networking technology.

To date, 56 percent of the project’s net-assignable square footage has been completed.  Work continues today so that by 2010 every building on campus will be equipped with a data network orders of magnitude faster, more reliable and secure than pre-2004 campus levels.  This will allow the University to stay competitive with the networking capabilities of peer research universities and plant the seeds for future growth in order to meet the changing needs of the campus and evolving networking technology.

Responsibility for the planning and implementation of the upgrade is being coordinated by CITES, who along with the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs is working with administrators from each college and major unit on campus to determine the order in which the over 260 buildings on campus will be completed in the five-year timeframe.

As a vital strategic resource, the campus network (also known as “UIUCnet”) is an essential component of everyday life at Illinois.  UIUCnet is the spinal cord in the central nervous system of our University, a key piece of the campus’s core infrastructure that virtually everyone on campus—students, faculty, staff—has come to depend on for carrying out the University’s mission of education, research, economic development, and public engagement.

Intercampus Communications Network (ICCN)

The Intercampus Communications Network (ICCN) is a high-speed data network that connects the Urbana, Springfield, and Chicago campuses to each other. The ICCN is capable of transfering data at 100Gbps, significantly faster than broadband access at similar institutions.  Implemented in late 2007, the ICCN also serves as the University's gateway to the Internet, providing access for all 3 campuses and University Administration.

By working in concert with the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the ICCN furthers the University's mission as a leader in research and innovation by connecting U of I campuses to the Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago, all CIC member institutions. The CIC fiber rings in Chicago also provide the ICCN access to the major telecommunications carriers and all major research networks' Points of Presence (POPs).

To see what’s new with the ICCN, check out the ICCN home page.

 

Last updated Monday, October 28, 2013, 1:19 pm