Iowa State Data Center Undergoing Network Redesign

As part of Information Technology Services' (ITS) continued efforts to improve customer service and security, Iowa State University’s Data Center will undergo a network redesign over the next three years. The change will better protect user data and more closely align the Data Center with industry best practices.

The modifications to the existing network will provide a formalized automated process, additional security, and the ability to easily add next generation firewall services.

"We're looking to deliver our services faster and more consistently to provide a better customer experience," said ITS Senior Network Architect Chris Alman. "The new Data Center design will bring us into compliance with industry best standards, have better security, and allow us to simplify how we offer services."

Eventually, all current and future Data Center customers will be asked to conform to the new network process and design; current customers will be required to migrate their equipment to the new network. As the project progresses, more targeted communications will be sent to Data Center customers until all legacy networks are vacated.

The project is expected to be completed by early 2022.