Improving Network Port Utilization

ITS is pursuing an approach to improve network port utilization.

ITS deploys network infrastructure so that each network jack in a wall plate is directly wired back to a dedicated port on a switch in our telecommunication closet.  This means that all jacks are active, allowing customers to plug in for network connectivity.   As we pursue network refresh, the University has a vested interest in optimizing the size of the deployed infrastructure.  We are assessing activity on all jacks remotely and in-person.  Those that have not been used for a long period will be considered inactive, and this informs our assessment of need.  Accurately matching design with need allows ITS to economically serve our community and affect broader impact with available capital.