UBC IT has a multi-year project underway from 2007 to 2009 to replace aged core data network routers. During this set of upgrades, the core data network infrastructure, in particular the routers and connections between all the core routers, will be upgraded to 10Gbps. This is done in response to current and projected data demands such as specific data projects, SAN services, and Disaster Recovery planning. The UBC Point Grey campus will be completed in December 2008 with the UBCO and Teaching Hospital locations to be completed in December 2009. This transitions the core data network to a consistent hardware base of Cisco 6500’s and improves the network architecture to:
- increase network robustness through dual failover connections in place for each router.
- positions the building cabling infrastructures to support 10Gbps.
- provides the platform to deploy and support new network technologies such as MPLS and virtual networks.