Hello TCH Family,
Over the past few weeks we have been working behind the scenes with our Hardware Vendors to complete acquisition of several new Core Routers. I am happy that this phase of the project is completed and the new hardware is sitting on the floor of our Troy, MI Data Center.
Over the next couple days we will be starting the process of preparing the new core routers for production work. This is a detailed process and one that we will take our time with and make sure we get it right. Our core routers are all Cisco branded and the new routers are also from Cisco. So the move over to the new routers will not be a complete changeover for us.
Once the new routers are up and running with our required setup, we will run a burn in period of a 336 hours (two weeks). After this is concluded we plan on sending a network upgrade notice for the weekend of September 1st, 2013. This will include the network being down for a short period while our current routers are replaced with much more robust and capable systems.
I will keep everyone informed via the blog and forums about the upgrade as this is a very large infrastructure upgrade.
It is a great day here at TCH!