Infrastructure

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Infrastructure

NETWOK OUTAGE PREVENTED DURING COMMUNICATIONS DUCT MOVE

ETS prevented a complete network outage for the UCSB campus while shifting a major communications duct bank away from the planned foundation of the new KITP Visiting Scholar’s Residence building. This particular duct bank included fiber optic cables for ResNet and the CENIC fiber route, a high-speed, high-bandwidth connection running from northern to southern California. The CENIC fiber is UCSB’s Internet connection. It also connects our campus with other major research universities and medical centers throughout the state. We devised a plan to move the existing duct bank, which consisted of communications fibers encased in concrete buried five feet underground, approximately 20 feet to the south towards El Colegio Road without cutting and re-splicing any of the fibers.

"This was a very creative effort on the part of the ETS Telecommunication staff and our campus partners that ensured uninterrupted Internet connectivity and allowed the KITP building project to proceed as planned,” said Denise Stephens, Interim Chief Information Officer.

 

MOBILE VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK ENABLED

In response to requests from Virtual Private Network (VPN) users who wanted to use tablets to read licensed journal content while traveling, ETS added VPN support for mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. As the use of portable devices increases, users expect a similar level of access and security to what they have with laptops and desktops. We currently support 2,728 VPN accounts representing 163 departments.

 

ETS SUPPORTS GOLETA SEWER LINE PROJECT

ETS worked with the Goleta Sanitary District and Facilities Management to support the replacement of a 30-year-old sewer line between West Campus and the UCSB Public Safety building, to ensure that minimal impact was felt by campus. We hold the physical infrastructure maps for this area and worked with contractors to identify and mark the power lines, water lines, and duct banks holding fiber optic cables that intersected with the sewer line route. In cases where the new sewer line intersected with UCSB ducts containing fiber optic cables, ETS staff worked with city contractors to shift the ducts while preventing a campus-wide network outage.