We're undergoing one of the largest Dell network installations in the world. Most areas are now running on the new, next-generation network. Still left to fully migrate are parts of the Ninewells campus, the Life Sciences complex (including Carnelley), and Queen Mother Building.
Why are we doing this?
The learning and teaching activities of the University’s students and staff were running on an ageing network. After 11 years faithful service, it was reaching the end of its useful life. A strategic decision was made to invest the sum of £6M to deliver a refreshed infrastructure that could support our ambitious community for many years to come.
Backing was given to implement a flexible lease solution that would stabilise business expenditure and reduce emissions output. A need to pull our networking into a more user-centric, consistent security design that offered wireless provision powerful enough to accommodate a growing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture was also recognised.
And so, the Network Refresh project began and has been partially delivered to date. The IT project team continue to work with Circle IT to reach that 100% release, so everybody can experience the benefits of it in its totality.
What are we delivering?
- An additional 1,500 wireless access points. This will massively increase wifi coverage and include outdoor areas such as Campus Green. In total, over 2650 new wireless access points will be deployed.
- Simplified access to the wifi network by making eduroam our primary network. This will lead to the discontinuation of the pre-existing UoD_WiFi network.
- A new wifi network called StudentResidences that will be available alongside eduroam in Student Accommodation areas only. This network will allow streaming devices (Chromecast/Roku) and games consoles (Xbox/PlayStation) to connect to the internet wirelessly.
- _TheCloud will continue to be broadcast in key event areas and provide free wifi access to guests attending conferences on our campuses.
- We're negotiating with NHS Tayside/Ninewells Hospital to ensure best coverage is available in shared areas.
These changes will offer a:
- New wifi network that's faster, more reliable, and wider in its coverage, giving a consistent connection speed across our campuses.
- New wired network providing a more reliable and consistent service across our campuses.
- Modern, energy efficient infrastructure that reduces the University’s emissions output and carbon footprint.
- New and consistent security design across both wired and wireless networks.
What we've done and what's still to come...
Almost blanket coverage! Wireless migrations are complete and the new eduroam wifi is available in all locations. We still need to migrate the following areas to the wired network: Carnelley (partial), Queen Mother Building, Wellcome Trust Biocentre, Medical Sciences Institute, Discovery Centre, and Sir James Black Centre.
Getting there! We've migrated the Lab Block (partial), Learning and Teaching areas, Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre, Cancer Research Centre, and Wilson House. TORT, MEMO, and HIC will be migrated at some point in the New Year.
Done! All migrations in Kirkcaldy are complete.
Read the questions raised and answers given in our consultations with Ninewells and Life Sciences.
- Sep 2015
- Apr 2019