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ICT shutdown due to network upgrade

- Wits University

All Wits ICT systems will be shutdown this weekend due to Project Quantum.

The University is in the process of upgrading its network infrastructure in order to improve ICT systems across all campuses. This initiative is known as “Project Quantum” which is being rolled out over the next few years.  

As part of this project, there is a need for new networking equipment to be installed in the Data Centre, which is scheduled to take place as follows:

-          Saturday, 1 July 2017 (06:00) until Sunday, 2 July 2017 (18:00)

-          Thursday, 6 July 2017 (17:00) until Sunday, 9 July 2017 (20:00)

Managers are advised to plan ahead for the interruption on Friday, 7 July 2017, which is a normal working day.

All Wits ICT Services will be interrupted or offline during these periods, including:

  • Sakai
  • Sims
  • iWits
  • WAMS
  • Intranet
  • Internet
  • WiFi
  • Email – Staff will need to rely on alternative communications platforms
  • ICAM – Limited access whilst the ICAM system works offline. Security will assist with access and egress from the campus.

Remote access to these services will also be affected. Telephony will be off-line including the following call centres - Student Enrolment Call Centre, PIMD, Switchboard and the Wits ICT Service Desk. All website queries will be redirected to a temporary page.

Wits ICT Services apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. Please advise your colleagues and friends of this notice.

For further information during business hours outside of the dates mentioned below; please contact  (011) 717-1717 or Twitter handle: