University of Southampton starts £4m network infrastructure upgrade

The University of Southampton has started a £4 million two-year data centre and core network infrastructure project.

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The University of Southampton has started a £4 million two-year data centre and core network infrastructure project.

The university has brought in IT services provider Logicalis to undertake the project, which includes the provision of wireless access across the university's six campuses and halls of residence.

The central aim of the work is to improve the delivery of IT services to staff and students and support high performance computing (HPC) initiatives. Last year, the University of Southampton turned on one of the UK's most powerful university-based supercomputers.

The "Iridis4" machine is said to be the third largest academic supercomputing facility in the UK, and is also in the overall top 10 of the most powerful supercomputers in the UK.

Pete Hancock, director of iSolutions at the University of Southampton, said, “We see our network as the key building block to helping us grow and operate as a major university and further support our work in the international research arena.

"The new infrastructure will not only support our staff and students, but also initiatives involving HPC. We wanted a network that could handle both the current and future capacity needs of our programmes, and facilitate opportunities for more collaboration projects around the globe.”

So far, Logicalis has designed and implemented a core Cisco-based network across the university's campuses and a new data centre, and the wireless connectivity network is currently being rolled out.

Logicalis is also working with the university on other projects that integrate with the central design, such as a planned move to a faster 10Gbps fibre network during this year, and a further infrastructure expansion into new student residences.

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