7. New Bodleian and Connection Moves

The New Bodleian doesn’t only house books. In a basement room of this building OUCS has a major distribution point for voice and data connections to a large number of buildings. In preparation for the New Bodleian redevelopment the OUCS Networking team will be moving all the equipment (and cabling) to another building in the same area. This is similar to what OUCS did a few years ago for the Ashmolean but on a larger scale.

We have identified a new location (a basement room in Old Indian Institute) and it is being prepared for its new use. It will then be fitted out with new equipment and the equipment commissioned ready for use. There is also some civil works to do so as to be able to install the necessary new cabling.

The next stage will be the long process of disconnecting all the cables to the existing location and re-establishing them to the new location. When a cable is cut there will obviously be a break in service to those units connected via that cable until it has been reconnected to the new equipment. We will do this one cable at a time and aim to keep outages to a minimum. Outage times will depend on individual circumstances and will vary between a few minutes (best case) and a whole day (worst case).

This work is scheduled to take place during the whole of the summer vacation. The exact schedules for the work depend on factors still to be determined but will be advertised in advance and after discussion with individual units. IT support staff throughout the University have already been informed of the initial plans and OUCS will, of course, maintain close communications with all affected units.

For the phone moves, each affected unit has already had discussions with Telecoms over their particular case and the options for moving (some of) their phones to VOIP. This constitutes the major part of the work as there are a lot of phones to be moved across.

The backbone data connections involve fewer moves as they are done on a unit basis. The affected units are:

  • New Bodleian and Nuneham Courtenay
  • Old Bodleian
  • History Faculty
  • Music Faculty
  • University College
  • St Hilda’s College
  • Radcliffe Camera
  • Harris Manchester College
  • New College
  • Ruskin School
  • Christ Church
  • History of Science Museum
  • Exeter College
  • Merton College
  • Clarendon Building
  • Hertford College
  • Jesus College
  • Philosophy
  • All Souls College
  • Queen’s College
  • Wadham College
  • Oriel College
  • Lincoln College
  • Examination School
  • Magdalen College
  • Balliol College
  • Brasenose College
  • Corpus Christi College
  • St Peter’s College: Annexe (Cambridge Terrace)
  • St Edmund Hall
  • St John’s College
  • Pembroke College
  • Oxford Internet Institute
  • SERS incl VOIP (phones)
  • University Church
  • Campion Hall
  • Rothermere American Institute
  • Trinity College
  • Engineering Axis Point Osney
  • James Martin 21st Century School
  • Botanic Garden
  • Littlegate House - History, Philosophy, IAUL, Clubs Committee and Continuing Education

Exact changeover schedules for voice and data will be agreed with all affected units nearer the time. Meanwhile, please take this as advance warning of what will happen, pass the message on and ensure that everyone is aware of the work that will have to take place over the summer.

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