Building an Effective Organization to Run a Campus Backbone Network


The Ohio State University is the largest campus in the United States; consequently, its networking staff have experienced most problems that affect networking and communications groups on a campus. This paper will address the staff requirements of an effective and dynamic networking and communications organization. It will present a structure that can maintain a production-level network and still prepare for the future in a constantly evolving technology. The paper will emphasize the need for human funnels of information into and out of campus departments through coordination of department LAN and network administrators. It will define the structure of such an organization as well as its cooperative relationship with supporting groups.

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