Common Network Initiative

The Common Network Initiative (CNI) is an ongoing effort to maintain campus baseline network infrastructure as technology advances and user needs evolve. The program 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 meet the changing needs of CSU students, faculty and staff.

Purpose

Impact

Phase 2.1: Campus Data Center Network Equipment Refresh - Successfully Completed 3/24/2017

Phase 2.2: Campus Telecommunication Rooms Network Cable Trace and Replacement - Successfully Completed 5/5/2017

Phase 2.3: Campus Telecommunication Rooms Network Equipment Replacement

Purpose

Two 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 serving the campus is approaching the end of support by its manufacturer. Migrating to new equipment ensures that timely support continues to be available in the event of problems or equipment failure.

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

Impact

The cutover to the new equipment during the access layer refresh will take place outside normal business hours, resulting in little network downtime for affected areas.

Phase 2.1: Campus Data Center Network Equipment Refresh - Successfully Completed 3/24/2017

The campus has replaced all Cisco equipment in the Data Center with Alcatel-Lucent Networking (ALU) electronics.

Phase 2.2: Campus Telecommunication Rooms Network Cable Trace and Replacement - Successfully Completed 5/5/2017

The campus has traced network cables for all existing network equipment in telecommunication rooms State-owned/operated buildings. Cables were replaced on an as needed basis.

Phase 2.3: Campus Telecommunication Rooms Network Equipment Replacement

The campus will be replacing network gear in all existing network equipment in telecommunication rooms and labs across campus. The migration to the new equipment will take place outside normal business hours, resulting in network downtime for affected areas during those hours. After migration non-authorized wireless access points and network devices will not be able to connect to the network. Older PC’s and other peripherals (i.e. printers) may need to be rebooted.

Reporting Downstream Switches

Downstream switches, routers and hubs will not be supported when the network hardware is upgraded.  To mitigate any impact for existing downstream switches, routers, and hubs, please report any such networking devices that you may be dependent on.

To report, complete the Downstream Switch Report Form.

Migration Schedule

Scheduled dates are subject to change. Schedules for additional buildings and dates will be added.

Date Building Status
Apr 18 – Apr 20  Business (Pilot) Complete
Jun 11 – Jun 15 Humanities Complete
Jun 14 – Jun 15 Gymnasium Complete
Jun 18 – Jun 21 Health and Social Sciences (HSS)  
Jun 21 – Jun 22 Cesar Chavez Student Center Complete
Jun 25 – Jun 28 Science Complete
Jun 27 – Jun 30 Fine Arts Complete
Jul 2 – Jul 5 Ethnic Studies and Psychology Complete
Jul 2 – Jul 6 Corp Yard Complete
Jul 5 – Jul 6 Central Plant Complete
Jul 9 – Jul 12 New Administration Complete
Jul 11 – Jul 13 Old Administration Complete
Jul 12 – Jul 14  Student Services Building Complete
Jul 13 – Jul 14 Moloney Field; Housing Building C; West Green Complete
Jul 16 – Jul 19 Creative Arts Complete
Jul 16 – Jul 17 Children Services Center; Annex I & II Complete
Jul 16 – Jul 21 Thornton Hall Complete
Jul 23 – Jul 27 Library  
Jul 27 – Aug 1 Burk Hall  
Aug 13 - Aug 16 Hensill Hall  
     

Notification Schedule

  • 1 week prior to migration: In-person meeting with building coordinators
  • 1 day prior to migration: Email to building occupants
  • Migration date: Signs posted at building entrances