Connecticut Education Network“Forum” June 14, 2001
Agenda • Overview of Current Network Activities • Frequently Asked Questions (& Answers)
Network Development Report Connecticut Education Network
Current Network Activities • K-12 Site Surveys • 42 Districts complete (Accounts for over 250 buildings) • Next 30 being planned • 4 contract stass conductingsurveys • K-12 Recommendations / Implementation • Evaluation documents out to 3 districts, 2 more ready • Follow up meetings with districts begin next week
Current Network Activities (2) • East Hartford Data Center Development • Firewall acquisition in progress (out to bid) • Content Filtering / Proxy System contract complete! • Network Backbone Equipment on order • Initial Move-In to Data Center possible by June • Backbone Deployment • Equipment on order for K12, Initial Higher Eds • Circuit orders in a short holding pattern
Current Network Activities (3) • Network Circuit & Deployment Activities • Still hopeful for answers to critical economic and technology questions from service provider(s) • DOIT Enterprise Network Services RFP to identify future service providers being evaluated • Additional New Generation Optical Services procurement process actively contemplated.
Current Network Activities (4) • Contract put in place to assist/facilitate backbone design process and pilot district implementations • Joint DOIT / Contract Activities: • Protocol Planning • Network Documentation • Field Deployment Assistance • Training, Research, Development, Future planning • All day technical meetings begin later this week
Current Network Activities (5) • Assessing Dark Fiber Services for Year 2-3 Deployment • Dramatic change in operating costs expected • Linear relationship between active bandwidth & monthly cost removed • Equipment costs for CEN and service provider(s) reduced • Ex: $30,000 for a router in each district becomes a $3,500 switch • Ex: Complexity & overhead of SONET, ATM, Frame relay replaced with simple Ethernet technologies • Positions for exponential bandwidth growth without associated growth in monthly operating costs
Operating Assumptions Connecticut Education Network
Operating Assumptions (5) • K-12 Efforts • No grants from CEN funds for equipment or circuits • DOIT providing high speed connection service to CEN • Agile assistance as needed will enable connection to CEN in each district • Other funds (State Dept. of Ed) may provide in-building support • Any funds a district saves it should turn back into technology programs • Site surveys continue to focus on infrastructure status analysis and CEN interconnection analysi
Operating Assumptions (6) • Backbone Development • The current physical backbone will initially bring Higher Education sites back to DOIT for connection to K-12 sites • As district networks improve to optically based municipal networks, CEN will evaluate tying those networks directly into the backbone. • Physical Topology may not mirror logical topology due to content filtering, firewall and other issues
Operating Assumptions (9) • Existing Networks & Aggregators • DOIT has not prioritized integration of legacy networks into CEN. Instead DOIT is focusing on deploying next generation optical network connections to all end-points. • Service and support components of existing Library and RESC consortia should not be effected by CEN.
Operating Assumptions (12) • Good Relationships of towns, schools and libraries need to be maintained • Where positive interactions exist, installation of network should not degrade those interactions • Technical implementation needs to support secure connections to non CEN networks in the districts. • Local traffic should stay local where it can.
Connecticut Education Network Discussion Questions, Answers & Other Thoughts