Washington University Research Network (WURN)

High speed campus Research Network that increases access to and enables the transport, analysis and dissemination of big data within and beyond the university.

Tier 1 – Standard WURN Access

  • Requester desires connectivity in the Research Data Center or the Brauer Hall Data Center.
  • Utilizes only the services offered and supported by WashU IT. WashU IT supports:
    • The data center router hardware, software, licensing, and vendor support contract
    • DTN server appliance
      • Hardware will be purchased and supported through WashU IT and their vendor support contracts.
      • Platform Engineering approved operating systems will be installed, licensed, and supported by WashU IT.
      • The current enterprise data movement software will be installed, licensed, and supported by WashU IT and their vendor support contract. The currently supported enterprise software is a 10Gb Aspera license.
  • Requester will cover the cost of cabling and optics for server-side. Requester is required to engage WashU IT to install new, or patch existing, fiber optic cabling.

Select from one of the additional tiers for WURN access:

Tier 2 – Non-standard WURN Access

  • Requester desires connectivity in the Research Data Center or the Brauer Hall Data Center.
  • Requester picks services a la carte. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • Requester provides their own DTN and installs data moving software (gridFTP, SCP, Globus, etc.) that are not currently supported by WashU IT.
    • The requester must adhere to the license monitoring and management access requests of WashU IT if they plan to use the Aspera license.
  • Requester will cover the cost of cabling and optics for server-side. Requester will engage WashU IT to install new, or patch existing, fiber optic cabling.

Tier 3 – Expansion of WURN Access

  • Requester will provide a proposal to the sub-committee for further review. The sub-committee will review and make a decision within 30 days of the submission.
  • The proposal must clearly define the research need for WURN connectivity. For example, if data is currently housed outside of a WURN connected data center, or if a researcher has “big-data” generating devices / instruments that need high-speed connectivity to transport data to an appropriate repository in a data center. Some general assessment of the scope of the research and how critically dependent it is on WURN connectivity will also be helpful.

$3,000/port

WURN On-ramps costs are calculated based on specific requirements defined by the researcher.  Quotes provided upon ServiceNow request process.

The following items are excluded from WURN:

  • End User Services (EUS) support for researching devices.
  • Special Requests

Sensitive Data Use in the WURN

Use of the WURN is primarily for research data or other information deemed non-sensitive.  Users of the WURN who are unsure of the sensitivity of the data they intend to send or receive should refer to the University’s information classification policies or contact the information security office at  infosec@wustl.edu for guidance.

The following table lists the service fulfillment target for each service request:

Service Request Fulfillment Target
Washington University Research Network (WURN) Schedule will be defined as scope is understood.

WURN is a Service Offering within Network Services. The complete Service Level Expectation (SLE) document for Network Services can be read by clicking this link: Network Services SLE


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