Wide-Area Network Technologies
- Consultation regarding service options and network configurations
- All required activities to complete service installation within 60 days
- Fully managed service including the customer premise equipment
- 24/7 monitoring and management via UITS Network Operations and Operations
- Best effort bandwidth
- Redundant core network infrastructure
- Redundant high capacity access to the Internet
- All equipment required to interface service with customer LAN
- IP addresses for each device
- IP Telephony (main campus phone number)
- Domain Name Service
- Various access methods and technologies, such as T-1, GigE, or similar connectivity
- Various speeds and guaranteed rates (1.5 Kbps – 1 Mbps)
- High availability
- Prioritization of traffic via network routing protocols and network Quality of Service (QOS)
- University specific virtual network
- Centrally managed secure access for all ingress/egress traffic
- Coordinate service installation with the access service provider
- Provide the proper connectivity from the customer LAN to the WAN service components
- Provide a 24/7 point of contact for UITS to contact for reporting and coordinating outages or emergency maintenance
- Contact the 24/7 Service Desk to report problems or request assistance
- Adhere to the State Network Acceptable Use Policy
T1 - A T1 line is a serial data line supporting bandwith of 1.54 Mbps (Mega-bits per second). Today, this is not a great deal of bandwidth and for pure data a T1 is often not the most cost effective option. However, some remote locations with limited infrastructure may only be reachable via T1. Additionally, T1 lines have the advantage that they are made up of 24 channels of 64kbps each, which allows bandwidth to be reserved in 64kb chunks for devices (such as telephones) that require guaranteed bandwidth.
DSL - Digital Subscriber Line is a set of technologies that allows data service to share the physical infrastructure used to provide standard voice telephone service. The data traffic uses a higher frequency band than the voice traffic, and the two are separated by filters. DSL is generally available in most larger urban areas, but this may vary somewhat by location depending on the quality of the telephone cabling. Bandwidth available over DSL also varies with the quality of the physical infrastructure, ranging from around 1Mbps to 20Mbps or more. It is also common for DSL service to provide different bandwidths for outbound and inbound traffic, with the greater bandwidth usually available inbound.
Cable Modem Service – Another broadband enterprise option is cable. Transmission speeds vary depending on the type of cable modem, cable network, and traffic load. Speeds are comparable to DSL.
Metro Ethernet - Metropolitan Ethernet is a service offering from large providers such as CenturyLink, Cox, and Time Warner, providing what is essentially an Ethernet LAN-to-LAN connection across metropolitan distances (across town, typically, though longer distances may also be available depending on the service provider's infrastructure). Bandwidths can range from 10Mbps up to gigabit ethernet speeds.