Beginning in August 2013, Network and Classroom Services (NCS)
will start replacing building switches throughout UB's campuses,
increasing building bandwidth and speed to the university network
and the Internet.
Network switches in nearly 90 buildings across UB's three
campuses will be updated, removing congested network blockages. A
network switch acts as a controller, receiving and distributing
messages from connected network links throughout the building and
university as a whole.
Each building will have a pair of 10 Gigabit per second (Gbps)
network links installed, replacing the existing 1 Gbps links. Total
bandwidth will increase to 20 Gbps in and out. The update also
fixes the current system's redundancy and reliability problems by
increasing power supplies in each switch from one to two.
Three buildings (Computing Center, Fronczak Hall and the
Educational Opportunity Center) were tested as pilots during May
and June 2013. "[Being in the Computing Center,] it gives us a good
opportunity to be the guinea pigs," said Joseph Pautler, Senior
Network Engineer for Network and Classroom Services (NCS). "We're
really sensitive to any network issue or blip, so we could notice
it right away and quickly respond to it."
The remaining buildings are split into two phases. Phase one is
scheduled to begin in August 2013 with preference given to student
housing, the buildings with the most network connections, and
groupings of related buildings for efficiency.
Questions about UB building switch replacements can be directed
to Joseph Paulter.