Common Network Initiative

Campus Network Initiative Projects

The Common Network Initiative (CNI) is an ongoing effort to maintain campus baseline network infrastructure as technology advances and user needs evolve. The program is funded by the Chancellor’s Office. It provides for the refresh of each campus network infrastructure on a cyclical basis to ensure that the network infrastructure continues to keep pace with technology and to meet the changing needs of CSU students, faculty, and staff.

Update: May 2017

Network Access Switch Replacement

IT, Infrastructure and AT&T will be replacing all network access switches in state buildings during June and July, MONDAY through THURSDAY, from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. A week prior to scheduled upgrade, affected areas will receive a notice.
Most of the campus should experience only a few seconds of downtime and VoIP phones will reboot.  Eight areas will experience downtime.
Below is the migration schedule for the campus.

Building Name

Migration Date

Small College Complex 1

05/25/17

Small College Complex 13

05/25/17

Small College Complex 5

05/26/17

Small College Complex 2

05/26/17

Small College Complex 11

06/05/17

Gymnasium

06/05/17

Gymnasium Floor  *3 hour downtime

06/05/17

Child Development Center *3 hour downtime

06/06/17

Central Plant

06/06/17

Field House

06/06/17

University Theatre

06/07/17

Facilities Services / Physical Plant

06/07/17

Facilities Services / Physical Plant Radar rm

*3 hour downtime

06/07/17

East Academic Complex

06/08/17

South Academic Complex 1

06/08/17

South Academic Complex 2

06/12/17

South Academic Complex 3

06/12/17

La Corte Hall, 1st Floor

06/12/17

La Corte Hall, 2nd Floor

06/13/17

La Corte Hall, 3rd Floor

06/13/17

La Corte Hall, 3rd Floor

06/13/17

Leo F Cain Library North 2nd Floor

06/14/17

Leo F Cain Library North 5th Floor

06/14/17

Leo F Cain Library North 1st floor A135 TR

*3 hour downtime

06/14/17

Leo F Cain Library North 1st floor

06/15/17

Leo F Cain Library North 1st floor

06/15/17

Leo F Cain Library North 1st floor G152 TR

*3 hour downtime

06/15/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 1st floor

06/19/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 1st floor

06/19/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 1st floor

06/19/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 2nd floor

06/20/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 2nd floor

06/20/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 3rd floor

06/20/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 3rd floor

06/21/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 4th floor

06/21/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 4th floor

06/21/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 5th floor

06/22/17

Leo F Cain Library (South) 5th floor

06/22/17

Natural Science and Math 1st floor

06/26/17

Natural Science and Math 2nd floor

06/26/17

Natural Science and Math 3rd floor

06/26/17

Social and Behavioral Science 2nd floor

06/27/17

Social and Behavioral Science 1st floor

06/27/17

Social and Behavioral Science 3rd floor

06/28/17

Social and Behavioral Science 3rd floor

06/28/17

Student Health Center

06/28/17

College Of Education

06/29/17

James L. Welch Hall 1st floor 1A TR

*4 hour downtime, evening hours

06/30/17

James L. Welch Hall 1st floor

06/29/17

James L. Welch Hall 1st floor A142 TR

*3 hour downtime

07/05/17

James L. Welch Hall 1st floor

07/06/17

James L. Welch Hall 2nd floor

07/06/17

James L. Welch Hall 2nd floor

07/06/17

James L. Welch Hall 2nd floor

07/06/17

James L. Welch Hall 3rd floor 390 TR

*3 hour downtime

07/07/17

James L. Welch Hall 3rd floor

07/07/17

James L. Welch Hall 3rd floor

07/10/17

James L. Welch Hall 3rd floor

07/10/17

James L. Welch Hall 4th floor

07/10/17

James L. Welch Hall 4th floor

07/10/17

James L. Welch Hall 4th floor

07/12/17

 

 


 CNI 2015/2016 Projects

As part of the Common Network Initiative (CNI) program of the CSU Office of the Chancellor, Infrastructure Services will be performing major campus network infrastructure upgrades. This work is expected to last through Summer 2016.

Purpose

Four main drivers contributed to the creation of this project:

  • Equipment life cycle - Though the campus network has been very reliable, some of the central equipment is approaching the end-of-support by its manufacturer. Migrating to new equipment ensures, that in the event of problems or equipment failure, timely support continues to be available.

  • Technology Life Cycle - As networking technology continues to evolve, electronic manufacturers mature at different rates. This requires the campus to look at other opportunities and manufacturers that have evolved to better meet the needs of the campus.

  • Capacity - The current campus network performs well, but additional capacity (bandwidth) is needed to support the ever-increasing campus requirements.

  • Support cost - As part of this migration, the CSU is moving to a new equipment vendor (from Cisco to Alcatel-Lucent), with very different support and equipment costs. The annual support cost of the new equipment is so much lower than the existing, that portions of this upgrade will pay for themselves in a couple of years.

Scope

The upgrade work occurring over the next six months will consist of:

  • Core/Server Farm/Border Routers Upgrade: The current campus Cisco Core switches as well as Server Farm switches will be replaced with Alcatel-Lucent switches. The campus core will have 10GB bandwidth to the internet.
  • Border Firewall Refresh - The Juniper Firewall equipment will be replaced with Palo Alto Networks (PAN) Firewall solution. PAN has a more robust tool set that is better suited to connecting to the internet.

Impact

Upgrade activity that will require service interruptions are expected as follows:

March 28 – April 29, 2016

All campus buildings will be connected to Alcatel-Lucent core switches. The migration will take about 5 minutes. The building networks will experience  brief outages during the 5 minutes period.

June 6 – June 8, 2016

All server farm switches will be upgraded and all servers will be moved to new Alcatel-Lucent SF core.

Summer 2016

The campus border firewalls will be migrated to Palo Alto firewalls. Migration schedule is TBD.

Project Schedule

Project Schedule
TRDay or After HoursPossible Day for MigrationDateComplete
 
Wireless ControllersAfter HoursThursday4/28/2016 
 
Welch Hall Network SwitchesAfter hours, 8-12 pmFriday4/29/2016 
 
Server FarmAfter HoursWednesday - Friday6/8/2016 - 6/10/2016  
 
Border Network/RoutersAfter HoursFriday - Sunday6/24/2016 - 6/26/2016  
 
Border Firewall MigrationTBDTBDTBD