Villanova University

OSP and Networking Services Review

Villanova University

OSP and Networking Services Review

SUMMARY

Villanova University is located 12 miles west of Philadelphia and serves more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University’s six colleges.

Reliable campus network and Internet access is a must for current Villanova students, faculty and staff. In addition, the University’s current strategic plan has identified several high-level teaching, learning, and research focused goals where fast and dependable network connectivity is foundational to the institutional vision.

Vantage assessed the status of Villanova’s current outside plant (fiber and copper wiring as well as pathways and conduits) and networking services. Through a combination of data gathering, physical inspections, interviews, and interactive design we reviewed current networking conditions, identified the risks facing the network, and provided recommendations for redesigning the network infrastructure topology.

To improve the resiliency of the Villanova network and plan for future demand, we designed a fiber ring network using high-count ribbon cable with diverse pathways, dual network cores, and redundant Internet connections. The proposed fiber ring network design eliminates single points of failure in the campus network, avoids known high-traffic areas that pose a risk to the integrity of fiber pathways, and is fully fault-tolerant.

Our deliverables included design documents and cost estimates to provide Villanova with comprehensive information on how the new network design would support the campus master plan. In addition, a key feature of our project was to provide Villanova IT leadership with an executive-ready briefing summarizing the risks of the current network infrastructure, the benefits and proposed costs of the new design, and a summary of next steps to present to the Villanova Board of Trustees.

(Photo Credits: © Villanova University)

Benefits

  • Created a network design that is highly flexible and scalable to accommodate future campus network growth
  • Proposed creating redundant systems and a second network core to take over communication transmissions if the primary system fails
  • Identified a diversity of OSP pathways and separate network core locations to minimize the risk of an outage
  • Gained the Board of Trustees understanding and support

Services

  • IT Infrastructure Design
  • Strategic Planning

Expertise

  • IT Infrastructure
  • IT Systems
  • Network Design
  • Client: Villanova University
  • Location: Villanova, PA
  • Project Type: Education