Why Upgrade Now?

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To keep up with demand

Right-Sized to Meet Needs

The current network, installed between 2004 and 2007, is nearing its end of life. Meanwhile, network usage continues to increase, and our students, faculty, staff, researchers, administration, and guests expect faster and better service.

The Next Generation Network will:

  • Increase speed and throughput capacity.
  • Increase wireless access.
  • Increase security management.

This upgrade will be system-wide across the University, including all campuses and satellite locations across the state.

For a more stable network

Stable

The Next Generation Network will maintain our excellent network stability and reliability. Increased demand and aging components drive the need to upgrade. The University data network is essential tool for everybody across all campuses and locations. Every area relies on the network, from public safety to building access to University police to healthcare.

The Next Generation Network will:

  • Ensure the appropriate level of redundancy for inevitable hardware failures.
  • Upgrade building and infrastructure capability to prepare for growing WiFi demand.
  • Install the latest network technology available.

For a more secure network

Secure

Security is our priority. The Next Generation Network will ensure security by implementing an advanced infrastructure. The University will be able to detect and respond to service attacks or incidents quickly. The refresh of our infrastructure will enable us to continue to mitigate risks to our Data Network security.

The Next Generation Network will:

  • Advance intrusion detection tactics.
  • Expand upon the denial of service attack defense.
  • Allow for advanced firewalls for the data center and general access network.
  • Increase capacity for logging and security monitoring.

Latest News

News from NGN: Project Update for October 2019

Next Generation Network (NGN) project teams are continuing to make progress across all five University of Minnesota campuses. 

News from NGN: Project Update for July 2019

Next Generation Network (NGN) project teams are continuing to make progress across all five University of Minnesota campuses and many project segments including wired network, data center, firewalls, core, and more. 

News from NGN: Firewall Upgrades June 15-16

The next phase of the Next Generation Network (NGN) project is scheduled for June 15 and 16, 2019. At this time, network engineers will be upgrading firewalls system-wide.

News from NGN: Wired Network Upgrades Complete on West Bank, East Bank North

Next Generation Network (NGN) wired network upgrades have been substantially completed on the West Bank, East Bank South, and at Twin Cities Athletics venues.