12. Network Improvements

Over the summer and in the next few weeks, the OUCS Networks team will deliver a number of major service improvements.

Following successful engineering works, the bandwidth on the Universities link to JANET has been increased to 10 Gbps (previously 2 Gbps). This substantial increase will enable us to continue to handle the ever increasing traffic levels that we experience. The upgrade maintains the two incoming connections to OUCS which take physically different routes, thus providing a fully resilient connection to the JANET site at Reading.

Thanks to support from the Office of the Director of IT (ODIT), OUCS has successfully bid for money from the PRAC ICT Subcommittee (PICT) to upgrade the current OUCS VPN service to support new client platforms (64bit, Windows 7, Snow Leopard, etc.), and offer higher throughput. The hardware has gone live and new client software will be released early in the term pending local customization and documentation by ICTST.

Also thanks to ODIT and PICT, we shall be installing a bandwidth management appliance onto the OWL/Eduroam/VPN services at OUCS by the start of term. Its purpose is to restrict the use of peer-to-peer applications, and to ensure fair use of network resources amongst all users of those services.

The project to replace the current web tools provided by the OUCS Networks team with a new DNS and DHCP management system is ongoing. The product allows us to devolve far more control over DNS and DHCP records to local IT support staff and to provide support for future protocols such as IPv6 and DNSSEC.

Further information on these developments is available at www.oucs.ox.ac.uk/network/newservices09.

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