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The Network Transformation Initiative

The Next Gen² Network Program will provide a modern, reliable, secure, and scalable network infrastructure for UW-Madison that supports university needs and delivers a seamless user experience across campus. Together, these projects allow UW-Madison’s campus to respond to current and future instructional, research, business, and operational needs within a framework that will enable timely and efficient changes within the network.

Future State

Our vision for the campus network is one that is secure and trusted, that enables seamless collaboration, and pushes the bounds of science and research. As we build the network, we will include sensitivity to instructional and research goals and policy audits.

Past and Current State

In our discovery phase, we documented the current state of the network and identified gaps that need attention in our quest to reduce complexity, increase uptime, improve agility, and reduce operational expenses within our network. Our holistic approach to discovery and implementation will help us create a secure, scalable, and flexible network allowing historic siloes and complexities to develop into a cohesive and simplified architecture.

In our implementation phase, we began work on a three-year roadmap of projects to advance toward a secure contemporary campus network for UW- Madison’s wired, wireless LAN (WLAN), wide area network (WAN), and cloud enterprise network. Projects are proposed, chartered, and managed individually under a portfolio umbrella.


Why Next Gen² Network matters…

Seamless connectivity, invisible to users across campus

As we increase the ease and simplicity of connectivity across the network, you will have a seamless user experience no matter where you are on and off campus or what you need to do.

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Responsive to changing research and instructional needs

Future investments in the networking infrastructure will increase the flexibility, speed and security of our networks in support of UW-Madison's teaching and research missions.

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  • Next Gen² Network Progress Report, Feb 2022

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  • Next Gen² Network Progress Report, Nov 2021

    November 2021 updates, promising a seamless user experience across campus and reshaping the wired, wireless, and cloud-enterprise network on UW-Madison’s campus.

  • Next Gen² Network Progress Report, Oct 2021

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  • Next Gen² Network Discovery Exercise Updates

    Charged with ensuring UW-Madison’s computer network is responsive to our instructional, research, business and operational needs, the Next Gen² Network team continues to meet with various audiences collecting information about needs and trends in network usage.

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