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Frequently Asked Questions


Why do we need a next generation network?
The next generation network project will enable mobility, enhance scalability, ensure security, and achieve economies of scale. A fundamentally different network architecture is needed in order to remain of service to data-intensive areas in research and medicine.

Where can I get more information?
More information can be found at:

How will the next generation network impact what I do on the network?
The next generation network will facilitate Voice Telephony, Data (Connectivity) Services, Multimedia Services, Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), Unified Messaging, and Distributed Virtual Reality.

Will it adversely impact any jobs?
Vanderbilt doesn't provide guarantees of employment, however; there will be more work than in the past with many opportunities for specialization in many new areas.

How long will this take and when will I see benefits?
The next generation network will be an Iterative process that will occur over the next ten years with incremental benefits throughout the project.

Will service suffer?
Services will be expanded and enhanced and are not expected to suffer.

The next generation network overview states individuals will have access to information based on their role at Vanderbilt. What does that mean?
Roles are the method by which users are segmented based on their job functions or status classification. Faculty, staff, student, administrative, and Guest.

What about individuals with multiple roles?
Users with multiple roles will be assigned the highest privileged role.

Will you offer guarantees or Service Level Agreements (SLAs) on network performance and/or availability?
In certain circumstances SLAs will be established.

How can I get a 1GB network connection to my desktop?
Case by case requests can be made. Within the next few years lifecycle enhancements will be made to 10, 100, 1,000 that will provide 1GB to the desktop.

Will you take away my ability to setup my own wireless access points (APs)?
As telecommunications joins the data network, which includes 4g, LTE, 802.11x, the concept of fixed mobile convergence requires that we take further control over wireless frequencies due to the needs of mission critical applications. Unmanaged APs introduce extraordinary risks to the data that Vanderbilt is responsible for managing.

What if regulatory reasons require me to segment my network?
One of the goals of NGN is to provide for enhanced segmentation of the network.

Who is leading the NGN initiative?
Matt Hall, Assoc. Vice Chancellor for ITS, Associate Chief Info Architect, Enterprise Architecture, Assoc. Professor of the Practice of Computer Sciences, Faculty Fellow, English Department, is leading the initiative in concert with John Doulis Assistant Vice Chancellor, Chief Operations Officer and Tim Getsay Associate Vice Chancellor, MIS, Associate Chief Information Architect.

Will my data be safe from external attacks?
While data traveling over the Internet is never 100% safe from external attacks, the security model designed in NGN provides greatly improved protection from external attacks.

Who will have access to my data?
Access to data and expectation of privacy are covered under the AUP

What happens if we don't move to the next generation network?
If we do not change the way the network operates we will experience network degradation that will get worse over time, we will continue to have network access dictated by location.

How can I participate in the discussion and planning?
All interested parties are invited to our information sessions (
  • Session One - Thursday, October 14, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM at Featheringill Hall Room 134
  • Session Two - Wednesday, November 17, from 2:00 - 3:00 PM at the Commons Center Room 237
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