Project Purpose

The Next Generation Aggie Network will provide a modern, resilient and secure research & education network to better meet the current and future demands of Texas A&M educators, researchers and students. This network will deliver more reliable and secure methods for transmitting data, which is essential for faculty research. The foundation of the network will include a security model, suitable for the openness required by a research institution, while providing strong protections for high-risk uses and for environments that have high requirements for compliance. Intent-based, identity-first network paradigms provide improved user experience, significantly advance security posture and play prominently in the network service design. Addressing issues of capacity, speed, manageability, modularity, agility and performance – coupled with long-term, sustainable funding and service delivery strategies – are essential program requirements. 

The project will provide a common network framework that will be implemented in all campus buildings, reducing the number of supported network switch models from more than 60 to less than 5. The number of Wi-Fi access points (hotspots) will be doubled to provide robust and universal wireless network coverage and capacity.

Goals (milestones)

  • Initial draft design: July 2021
  • Stakeholder engagement and feedback: August 2021
  • Final design: September 2021
  • RFP issued: October 2021 (Pending project funding)