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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

The Big 3

The Big 3 is a significant IT infrastructure project which will deliver on improvements to our IT network, hosting and storage.

Why do we need the Big 3?

The Big 3 is essential to ensure that the University has IT foundations which are robust and allow the University to grow and modernise.

New technologies will provide further stability to our network, hosting and storage, helping to future-proof the University’s IT systems.

We all rely on IT for our work and studies, and this is an important investment to ensure all staff and students are able to enjoy the benefits of a reliable IT network and computers which perform at their optimum.

How will this affect me?

The changes will have minimal impact on your day-to-day work or study, and we plan to limit any potential disruption. Ultimately, we hope that all members of University community will enjoy an improved user experience and more reliable IT systems.

During the network cutovers, some isolated areas of the University will be temporarily without a network connection, however, if this is going impact you – you will be given plenty of notice.

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