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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

What's next?

The Big 3 project is delivering changes every week.

This is how the Big 3 is improving network, storage and hosting for you:

J Drive / Home Directories will be migrated to a new storage platform throughout August and September. As there are a large number of accounts to migrate, circa 35,000 for everyone in the University, migrations will take place each night for the next month or so. You will receive an email outlining when your storage will be migrated.

All files and folders from your J Drive / Home Directory will be copied over to the new storage platform for you as part of the migration process.

Additional Storage

J Drives / Home Directories for new accounts will now receive 5GB of space by default.

During migrations:-

Accounts with less than 5GB will be increased to 5GB.

Accounts with more than 5GB, but less than 10GB, will be increased to 10GB.

Accounts with more than 10GB will retain their existing quota.

Throughout August, we will be enhancing our Wi-Fi across campus, as part of The Big 3. This work will improve connectivity throughout our University estate by re-routing our Wi-Fi traffic in a more efficient way. This will help us ease the load on our University network, helping us to guarantee a robust network for all users. This work will be taking place between the hours of 6am-9am from 12 August to 23 August inclusive.

The full schedule is as follows:

  • Monday 12 August: Rowan House
  • Tuesday 13 August: Upper Mountjoy Colleges and Departments
  • Thursday 15 August: Lower Mountjoy Colleges and Departments
  • Friday 16 August: Hill Colleges including DUBS, Teikyo, St Mary’s, St Aidan’s, Trevelyan, Van Mildert and Josephine Butler Colleges
  • Monday 19 August: Hill Colleges including Ustinov, Sheraton, Neville, CWD, Grey and Botanic Gardens
  • Tuesday 20 August: New Elvet, Old Elvet and Green Lane
  • Thursday 22 August: Peninsula Colleges and Departments
  • Friday 23 August: Queen's Campus

The Access Points will be migrated in batches during the migration window each day. During that three-hour window they will each be offline for approximately ten minutes and the Wi-Fi network will be unavailable in the area of the Access Point until it comes back on line. The wired network, however, will continue to be available.

If you have any business processes that require the Wi-Fi network and foresee any issues with it being unavailable early in the morning, please let us know: big3@durham.ac.uk

We have now put in place our new, more resilient network which runs across the University campus.

The next task is to move all of our buildings from the old network to the new one. To do this, we will be carrying out cutovers in stages. We will be working throughout across the University estate, with intermittent short periods of downtime to enable these cutovers. These disruptions to service will be minimal and outside of key operational times to reduce the impact to students and staff.

We will be working closely with Departments and Colleges to find the appropriate times to make these cutovers, and we will give you plenty of notice to ensure minimal impact on your work or study. Have a look at our map to see which University buildings are on the new network.



Contact Us:

E: big3@durham.ac.uk