Note: This article was originally published in a January 2013 newsletter and is being added to this blog for historical purposes.
For nearly a decade, computing resources used by San José State University, including servers and storage, have not been confined to the campus facilities. Services have been deployed in all three domestic US time zones and even in locations overseas with Google Apps. The latest expansion of the SJSU Computing Cloud is a little closer to home.
There has been a significant increase in computing and storage resources needed to support the Next Gen Technology Project. Information technology Services leadership followed the direction of the Chancellor’s Office Cyber Infrastructure Strategy to look for external cloud resources. San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton completed a brand new, state-of-the-art data center in early 2011 with capacity beyond its needs to enable hosting other customers.
Already on the CENIC network that serves the UC, CSU, and CCC campuses, SJSU was able to negotiate a service contract with Delta College that was more cost effective than other commercial alternatives.
Since the contract was executed in September, ITS has installed a CISCO Unified Computing System (UCS) with 16 blade servers connected to a NetAPP storage area network (SAN) with over 300 terabytes of storage.
Over 40 Next Gen Technology systems have been deployed in our Delta College Data Center to date, with many more to come. This expansion of our SJSU Computing Cloud certainly has a silver lining!
Information Technology Services has several Open Forum sessions scheduled over the next year to present campus wide IT project initiatives. These sessions include topics that inform the campus about SJSU IT activities and give users an opportunity to provide input on them. The schedule is listed below and in the SJSU Event Calendar.
ITS Open Forums
Thurs, Jan 17
Thurs, Mar 21
Thurs, May 16
Thurs, Aug 1
Thurs, Sept 19
Thurs, Nov 21
Implemented on August 31. Web conferencing including video, audio and computer interactions are available for all faculty and staff to host via the WebEx system.
Unified Communication System
A campus-wide Voice Over IP (VOIP) phone system implementation will begin in November.
Wireless Network Expansion
Increased coverage and density of our campus wireless network within campus buildings and Spartan Stadium is currently in progress.
Student email is switching to Google Apps Edu on November 13.
Campus Next Generation Network
End-to-end centralized management of all networking resources.
Next Generation Learning Spaces
Enhancing campus classrooms with state-of-the-art audio, visual and lecture capture technology. The first classroom (Clark Hall 118) is completed. More classrooms are planned for Spring 2013.
Enhanced Computing Resources
State-of-the-art integrated server, storage and network technology will enable high performing virtual servers.
Centralized content management software will integrate the content (text, image and video programming) flowing to digital LCD monitors across campus.