Without most of us noticing it, the Oxford Network Evolution (TONE) project is replacing the University's backbone network hardware as well as upgrading the fibre network that connects the backbone with University units. The new network service is called Odin.
More than 320 sites (departments and colleges) will be migrated to Odin by the end of 2016. The TONE project team is managing a complex implementation, working closely with local IT Support Staff, scheduling an average of three groups of fifteen sites every month. At the end of July, 80 sites will have been migrated to Odin. The project team are receiving praise for efficient planning and excellent communication throughout the process of migration.
On completion of the project, all colleges, departments and units throughout the University will have access to a backbone network to suit their needs, along with the appropriate service agreement that will underpin their IT requirements for the forseeable future. There will be greater bandwith as standard, improved reliability and resilience, and a reduction in internal maintenance and support costs.
More information is available from the project website (requires Oxford Single Sign-On authentication).