FacMgmt: Fiber Backbone Replacement 18H2I

15 %

Status

Project is 15 % complete, starting on Wed 12/18/19 and ending on Fri 12/30/22.

In Process [In Process]

15% complete, updated on Fri 6/24/22 9:25 AM by Jason Winget

Changed Percent Complete from 10% to 15%.
The project is progressing along. We are now meeting internally weekly to develop weekly sprints of activity. Summer 2022 is focused on physical installation preparation by "refactoring" the communication rooms. The new switches require physical placement that is different than the old switches. Communication rooms have not been re-worked since the late 1990s in most cases. We are also meeting weekly with our consultants to focus on the software-defined architecture and the tasks required to start up that platform. The standup of new computing infrastructure for the 2 nodes is underway. The final network hardware is still scheduled to arrive in late September 2022. Hand-off of Node-A from the contract to the University is scheduled for July 2022. The new project schedule has been posted to this project description:

March 2020 – Initial Bidding, Contracting
June 2022 – Node A fiber ready
June/July 2022 – Refactoring comm rooms
July 2022 – ISE (Identity Services Engine) Upgraded
Summer 2022 – Node A room ready (Power, doors, door access, HVAC, CCTV)
Fall 2022 – Node B room ready (Power, doors, door access, HVAC, CCTV)
Fall 2022 – Node B fiber ready
Spring 2023 – DNA Center, Node Infrastructure Servers Ready
Spring/Summer 2023 – Cut over all buildings to new network
Fall 2023 – SysNet relocation to both nodes

Details

Dates
Wed 12/18/19 - Fri 12/30/22
Acct/Dept
Technology Services
Service
Projects and Changes / Project
Type
Projects and Changes / System Upgrade
Health
Green - On track
Classification
Project
Requirements
It will be done in two main phases:

Phase 1a: take out anything that can be pulled out of the duct banks to make room for new cable.
Phase 1b: install new fiber to each building from POP 1.
Phase 1c: install new network gear at POP 1 for POP 1 and POP 2.
Phase 1d: transition network traffic over to new fiber optics at the new POP.

Phase 2a: remove the old 1980's and 1990's fiber from the duct banks.
Phase 2b: install new fiber to the POP 2.
Phase 2c: move network gear for POP 2 from POP 1 to POP 2.
Phase 2d: move the network redundancy from POP 1 to POP 2 for true diversity.

- Project also includes re-working Falcon Center cabling and new Rodli cabling.
- Project does not include Mann Valley, Kao House, St. Croix Valley Business Incubator or Hudson Center.
- Project also will not make any changes to the Campus Lab Farm infrastructure., that will remain a sub-site from the Falcon Center.
- Upgrading to fiber optics for the Blue light phones are a separate project from this project.

Timeline:
CY20: Pre-design and move into design
CY21: Bidding and begin phase 1
CY22: Phase 2
Created
Wed 12/18/19 6:07 AM
Modified
Tue 8/9/22 9:15 AM

Description

The end goal of the project is to replace all of the main campus fiber optic cables installed in the 1980's and 1990's with a standardized installation. This includes building two new fiber aggregation nodes in Rodli and in Ag Sci. Original schedule: CY20: Pre-design, approval, and design. CY21: Phase 1. CY22: Phase 2.

Present schedule:

March 2020 – Initial Bidding, Contracting
June 2022 – Node A fiber ready
June/July 2022 – Refactoring comm rooms
July 2022 – ISE (Identity Services Engine) Upgraded
Summer 2022 – Node A room ready (Power, doors, door access, HVAC, CCTV)
Fall 2022 – Node B room ready (Power, doors, door access, HVAC, CCTV)
Fall 2022 – Node B fiber ready
Spring 2023 – DNA Center, Node Infrastructure Servers Ready
Spring/Summer 2023 – Cut over all buildings to new network
Fall 2023 – SysNet relocation to both nodes

Goals

  1. Information Security

    The development of the two POP nodes will give us an opportunity to address our East / West firewall and network segmentation issues.

Risks

  1. High Impact on Other Projects

    This will be a substantial project with substantial network engineering to accomplish this project. This project is on par with the level of changes performed in 2015. Network engineering time will be at a premium during this entire project. Fortunately the schedule provided by the engineers accounted for several months of our work time between phases due to winter weather.

  2. Low Lack of Commitment / Adoption

  3. Low Ongoing Support

  4. Medium Unknown Complexity / Learning Curve

    The design includes developing two Points of Presence (POP) nodes, one in Rodli and one in Ag Sci. The data center will remain a third entity at DL. We will need to work with Cisco to determine the best approach for routing protocols and how to best make the transitions. This will also be an opportunity for us to address the East/West firewall and network segmentation issues.

  5. High Vendor Dependence

    The project is driven by the A/E team and the selected company that will do the work. The experience of that company will be pivotal in the execution of this project. Cisco will be a key partner in design and delivery of the network gear. UW SysNet will be responsible for a new design and integration with our network.

Systems Affected

  1. Data Communications

  2. Data Storage

  3. Servers

  4. Telecommunications

Manager

Alternate Manager(s)

Sponsor

Stakeholders (5)

DB
Dale Braun
Consulted
Campus Planner, original project request and researcher for project request
Wed 12/18/19 6:42 AM
James Williams
James Williams
Accountable, Consulted, Informed
Enterprise Services & Systems Manager - impact on data center, endpoint management, etc. at times
Wed 12/18/19 6:43 AM
Kenneth Ries
Kenneth Ries
Consulted, Informed
Chief Information Security Officer, network design to address issues of East/West and network segmentation issues
Wed 12/18/19 6:44 AM
MM
Michael Mueller
Responsible, Accountable, Consulted, Informed
UWRF's Lead Engineer for project
Wed 12/18/19 6:41 AM
Steven Meads
Steven Meads
Accountable, Consulted, Informed
Professional Services Manager - impact on endpoint management, customer service, etc. at times in the project.
Wed 12/18/19 6:43 AM