The school has an excellent network infrastructure. Mary Gates Hall includes extensive wiring in each office for network connectivity. Mary Gates Hall was recently upgraded to Gigabit (1000 MB). All faculty, staff, and computer classroom machines have a dedicated 1000 MB switched Ethernet connection to a departmental Local Area Network.
Wireless Ethernet is also available throughout Mary Gates Hall and much of the rest of campus. The University of Washington is currently engaged in a campus wireless initiative that will extend wireless to nearly all locations. Learn more.
Our servers have switched Gigabit (over copper) Ethernet connections to the network. These dedicated connections provide fast network performance for both on-site and Internet access. The iSchool maintains approximately 45 servers (physical and virtual) for shared file space, web services and virtual collaboration.
Our student SharePoint server runs as a virtual machine on our MS Hyper-V Cluster. This SharePoint 2010 server allows students and faculty to self-provision their own SharePoint sites to support group collaboration.
Additional servers include (4) backup servers with a total storage capacity of approximately 20 Terabytes, a database server that supports websites, a monitoring server that watches our network for problems and sends alerts to IT staff in the event of problems, a Help Desk server that runs RT (Request Tracker), an IT management server that is used to deploy desktop images, system patches, and manage our software licenses, a file server to support the school's administration, a development and testing server, and a variety of servers that support individual research projects.
The school's local area network is connected to the UW campus network via Gigabit Ethernet connections from our building switches to campus routers. Access to the Internet is via this connection.
The University is a leader in national networking initiatives, and was one of four inaugural sites on the Internet2 "Abilene" network using a 2.4 Gbps connection.
The University also is home to the Pacific Northwest GigaPOP, a regional hub for high-speed Internet connections and services.