The Next Gen² Network  initiative consists of a group of key networking projects, teams, and investments working to ensure a secure, responsive, future-ready campus network. Together, these projects promise to reshape the wired, wireless, and cloud-enterprise network on UW-Madison’s campus to be responsive to our instructional, research, business, and operational needs.

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Active projects

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Network Automation

Move toward automated tools and away from direct interaction, reducing the amount of custom in-house bespoke database, web and CLI software.

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Network Monitoring

Increasing speed of feature integrations; enabling automation and enhancements for new technologies like streaming telemetry and artificial intelligence.

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Wireless Network Upgrade (Outdoor)

Upgrades outdoor wifi, and collects data to make data-driven recommendations for campus-wide solutions.

Outdoor Wireless Findings & Recommendations Report

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Supernode Routing Infrastructure

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Completed projects

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Building Automation Network (BAN)

Replaces existing network with VRF-MPLS architecture to eliminate aging infrastructure.

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Campus Core

Answers increased network performance demands for access to datacenter network, Research Drive infrastructure, Wireless core, and Sysnet2020.

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Campus Network Wireless Upgrade (Indoor)

Upgrades campus wireless capable of delivering throughput and user density performance with 802.11ac wave 2 technology.

Wireless Network Upgrade

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Internet Of Things / Bring Your Own Device

Implements device self-registration for faculty, staff, and students connecting to the campus wifi network.

IOT/BYOD Findings & Recommendations Report

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Supports secure data sharing, big data transfers, and data lifecycle automation.

Globus Data Transfer Project

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Netbox Pilot

Provides and improves essential network management tools to DoIT Network Engineers and campus IT partners while reducing the amount of custom in-house bespoke database, web and CLI software.

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