Princeton University

Network Modernization Project
Princeton University Blair Arch from Princeton University Website


Founded in 1746, Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university with over 5,200 undergraduate, 2,600 graduate students and 1,000 faculty members.

Princeton requires a world-class, agile and secure communications platform that will support both traditional and emerging IT services to meet the university’s educational and research missions. Our project was to deliver a buildable design to transform and modernize their network with the following goals:

  • Facilitate world-class research and education using the network as transport as well as to directly perform research and develop technologies on and with the network
  • Enhance wireless as the primary consumer network for IT services
  • Support highly available critical business, operational and life safe systems
  • Augment community-specific network security
  • Support and provide collaboration services
  • Ensure tactical and long-term network agility to support dynamic IT needs and evolving technology trends

After defining their high-level network vision, Vantage partnered with Princeton’s technical staff and provided expert guidance for the detailed design, costing and implementation strategies, including:

  • Benchmark Princeton IT versus its peer group
  • Create a coherent design ready for implementation
  • Integrate automation and orchestration in support of “network as code” and DevOps
  • Redesign the network border to accommodate role-based access controls, elephant flows and compliance enclaves/zones
  • Develop an accelerated deployment strategy to successfully modernize the entire enterprise network, Internet/WAN border and WiFi over two years
  • Identify process for accelerated procurement and RFPs for manufacturer selection of all major design elements
  • Provide estimates of the life-cycle costs for selected options for capital costs of equipment and services, ongoing maintenance and operational costs and implementation costs

Challenge assumptions and conventional wisdom in support of innovation, risk-informed objectives and stretch goals


  • Benchmark the existing network and future vision with peers
  • Realistic and implementable design for a best-in-class network
  • Unparalleled network capable of meeting compliance objectives when competing for grants and research funding
  • Continuous improvement plan ensuring the network will always be ready to enable the institutional mission


  • Infrastructure Design
  • IT Costs + Financial
  • Peer Review
  • Strategic Planning
  • Transition Planning
  • Information Security


  • IT Infrastructure
  • IT Systems
  • Network
  • Automation/orchestration
  • Wireless Network
  • Client: Princeton University
  • Location: Princeton, NJ
  • Project Type: Education