Data backup had increasingly become a major challenge at the University of St. Thomas. With a growing body of data in its Banner enterprise resource planning system, its Blackboard installation, departmental needs, and personal storage directories set at 500 MB for every one of the 11,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff members, data stores were gobbling up terabytes of space.
The same week Oracle announced plans to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, MySQL, one of Sun's own recent acquisitions, unveiled the next version of its popular open source database.
Dan Cooke remembers the day well. It was about four years ago when a core group of IT staff members at Loyola Marymount University had decided to clean up DNS tables on the campus network. As Cooke, director of infrastructure technology and services, recalled, "Even though all the great technical minds were in the room and agreed to [the decision], it didn't get vetted by anybody else outside the group." What they hadn't remembered, he said, was that it's probably not a good idea to make a network change during finals week.
Oracle's stunning agreement to acquire Sun Microsystems will reshape the landscape of tools and platforms for Java and database developers. But it also means a change in emphasis--or even the demise--of some key tools, development platforms and databases, according to analysts and developers who were caught off guard by yesterday's announcement.
In a move that will have significant ramifications on software development, open source and enterprise datacenters, Oracle said it has agreed to acquire Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion, or $5.6 billion net of cash and debt.
Technology Transfer Tactics, a monthly newsletter published by BizWorld that covers the conversion of research into products, and FreePatentsOnline have formed an alliance. The two firms are collaborating to offer an online, publicly available database of all patents held by major universities in the United States.
The University of Wisconsin Eau Claire has selected a new business process system from BP Logix to automate workflow and approval of payroll, personnel, and human resources forms.
Non-technical users at the San Diego Supercomputer Center, a research unit of the University of California, San Diego, can now access a range of business information whenever they want, instead of waiting up to a week for an IT expert to produce a needed report.
Union County College in Cranford, NJ will be moving to a student administration system from Datatel. The decision was made after an evaluation process that included week-long vendor demonstrations by two finalists.
Four Michigan public universities have joined the ConnectEDU network. According to the company, 40 percent of college- bound seniors and 14 of the 15 public universities in the state are providing Connect, which puts high school students and their families in touch with college admissions offices and helps school counselors manage and track the application process for their students.