Adelaide\u2019s Flinders University will spend $14 million on a next-generation campus network, which will provide 22,000 students and 2000 staff with 1Gbps speeds to the desktop while supporting a big push to the cloud.\nAs part of a series of articles on new technology in tertiary education, CIO Australia spoke to Professor Richard Constantine, CIO at Flinders University, about a new high-speed network.\nThe network is to be implemented over the next 12 months by Dimension Data and will include 2000 wireless access points across 17 locations in each state, offering staff and students wireless access speeds of up to 1Gbps.\nThe network is based on the Cisco Unified Access platform and will replace ageing infrastructure that provides 10\/100Mbps connectivity to the desktop.\nThe existing network is incapable of meeting the university\u2019s requirements in the future, Professor Constantine said.\nRead about the Australian National University, Monash University, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, the University of Technology, Sydney, Curtin University, and the University of Sydney.\n\u201cThe way that the network has evolved has been incremental over the years since the set up of the campus back in the 1960s; it\u2019s just been hooked on,\u201d he said.\nProfessor Constantine said these days, many staff and students connect to the network wirelessly meaning that in some parts of the university\u2019s wired network will become obsolete.\n\u201cWe will have people connecting wireless to a very high-speed network, which will be a better outcome than what they have currently got in the wired capacity,\u201d he said.\n\u201cThis was part of the project, to think about the future. While we have researchers [doing] data transfers that need to happen at \u2018many gigabit\u2019 speeds, a lot of our users, administration and students, the wireless network will be more than suitable for them.\u201d\nThe university is rewiring its network with new fibre optic cable to help provide better built-in network resilience, said Professor Constantine.\nThis supports an increasing moving to the cloud; email for staff and students is in the cloud and the library systems are moving soon, he said.\n\u201cWe\u2019ve still got a lot of systems, such as HR and finance, internally but a number of applications are in the cloud or hosted. However, large repositories of research data already and more will exist outside of the university on national databases," he said.\n\u201cResearchers want to access those; we\u2019ll have imaging we\u2019ll want to do with other partners such as MRI [medical] imaging. These are all bandwidth-intensive images so you need to have high-speed networks to be able to transport those out and into the university.\nStudents will be able to stream content such as high-definition video onto their tablets, which teaching staff post to the university\u2019s learning management system.\nFlinders University is using a variety of Cisco tools to provide set security policies for students and teaching staff who bring various mobile devices to the campus.\n"We made a conscious decision not to highjack the student or staff member\u2019s device," said Professor Constantine. "Students already have the applications they are comfortable with \u2013 what they want is an internet connection that is seamless and secure and that is what we will be providing.\nThe university will also use Cisco Telepresence video conferencing to deliver high-definition video tools between staff across the campuses.\nThe university is a member of the AARNet academic and research network and will use the Telepresence Exchange to communicate with other member institutions in Australia and overseas.\nThis video conferencing capability will deepen its engagement with Charles Darwin University to \u201chelp build the regional economic corridor between South Australia and the Northern Territory,\u201d the university said.\nResearchers will have access to up to 10Gbps network speeds, supporting the creation of \u201csandbox environments\u201d to run analytics for their projects.\nThey will then be able to build virtual servers and access storage on demand without impact the performance of users on the campus network.\nThe project is being financed by Cisco Capital.