Data networking at UCSB has three major components:
- External Wide Area Network (WAN) connections. These connections tie UCSB to off-campus networks, including other UC campuses, Internet2, and the commodity Internet.
- Core (Inter-Building) Backbone connections. The backbone serves to interconnect departments and provides transport to the external links. The current version of this network is known as the Next Generation Backbone (NGB) — Phase I.
- Intra-Building Local Area Network (LAN) connections. LAN connections are typically supported at the department or division level and provide connectivity between the end-user desktop PC and the campus backbone network.
View a diagram showing these three components.