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Feasibility Study for a Statewide Higher Education Information Technology Network
State of Connecticut, September 18, 1996

Other Recommendations

  • A central organization should be created to handle the planning and day-to-day maintenance of the statewide network. This organization should consist of representatives from the various network constituents. This group should handle a variety of issues: traffic management, creation and enforcement of policies, addition of new members, etc. Furthermore, this body should have the ability to govem issues affecting an network constituents, including higher education, K-12, libraries, etc. This group would act as a liaison between each of these entities.

The first level of support to end-users should come from within each institution. In other words, individual help desks within UCONN, CSU, etc. should handle the troubleshooting and problem resolution associated with that institution.

  • Where possible, the State of Connecticut should outsource management and maintenance responsibilities. Management of this outsourcing function would be one of the responsibilities of the central organization described above. Outsourcing would most likely include the installation, configuration, management, and maintenance of network equipment. Furthermore, where possible, the State should lease most equipment from a third-party provider. This would minimize the FTEs required in-house, and provide added flexibility to accommodate change.
  • As individual institutions open up their resources to other public and private institutions (as well as the Internet), security cannot be ignored. When creating a network design, for example, the State needs to ensure that all Internet access points are as secure as possible - e.g., an application layer firewall is in place to monitor and control the traffic both coming in and going out of State sites. Furthermore, remote access to the network should be handled cautiously - e.g., modem banks should be centralized (no direct access to individual servers or PCs); communications servers should be used to monitor and filter traffic; security servers should be utilized for added protection.
  • This document identifies the costs associated with providing a network point of presence at each public institution. It does not identify the costs that will be incurred by the individual institutions to extend this network to specific locations within their campuses. Furthermore, it does not examine the issues associated with extending the network to institutions outside of public higher education (e.g., the independent colleges, libraries, and Universities and K-12). These issues need to be addressed before implementing a statewide network.

Executive Summary
Table of Contents
12 Current Situation
13 Problem Statement and Impact Analysis
16 Benefits of a Statewide Network
17 Applications of a Statewide Network-Other States
18 Applications of a Statewide Network-Connecticut
20 Possible Technology Scenarios
21 Recommended Technology Scenario
22 Costing Model - Assumptions
23 Scope of Cost Model
25 Cost of Recommended Technology Scenario
26 Other Recommendations
30 Implementation Strategy

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