Location: Mendelssohn Theatre
Presenter: Eric Boyd and Daniel Eklund
Over the past 15 years, university data usage has grown exponentially. With an estimated annual growth rate in network traffic of 31% inbound / 22% outbound, the requirement for network capacity is currently doubling every 3 years. We anticipate this growth rate will continue as high performance computing, data intensive science, video streaming, and the shift of campus information technology infrastructure, systems, and data to public cloud providers moves forward.
The University of Michigan is at a crossroads: We must either make incremental improvements to the existing campus network architecture or embrace transformational changes to enable the next generation of advanced networking. ITS is planning to transform the campus network capacity by an order of magnitude by implementing a next generation network design. Specifically, by centralizing the campus backbone into a redundant star topology coupled with a significant investment in re-architecting the campus fiber infrastructure, the University will be positioned for significant additional growth in campus networking capacity to the internet and to individual units across campus.
This initiative will position the university to meet the ever-growing teaching, learning, research, and clinical network bandwidth needs of the researchers, faculty, staff, and students. The implementation will provide high availability, high bandwidth, redundant connections on campus, across campuses, and to other universities, federal labs, and cloud providers. It will ensure that the university has the network it needs to remain a leader in data intensive science in order to attract the best faculty, students, and staff and enable the next generation of research.