Information Technology


Universities Implement Managed IT Service Solutions

Azusa Pacific Online University in California and Naropa University in Colorado have implemented a managed service to provide daily support services, software updates, and hosted and cloud services.

Fischer Offers Free Shibboleth Hosting to Higher Ed Organizations

Fischer International Identity is offering free access to its cloud-based Shibboleth Identity Provider system for qualified higher education institutions.

Involving Students in IT

IT shops are turning to students to staff help desks, troubleshoot, and more. For schools, it's a way to cut costs; for students, it's a learning experience and a pathway to employment.

SEP Revs Backup and Recovery Solution, Expands Support for Exchange, Vsphere, Xen

SEP Software released a new version of its backup and recovery solution, SEP sesam 4.0.5, at the Educause 2012 conference in Denver.

Merger of Jasig and Sakai Approved by Membership Vote; Intent To Form 'Apereo' by Early 2013

After more than two years of deliberation, the memberships of two of the highest-profile organizations producing open source software for the higher education marketplace have voted to go ahead with their long-considered merger. Sakai and Jasig will merge and become "Apereo" by early 2013.

Tulane U Creates 40 Gbit 'Science DMZ' for Off-Campus Researchers

As part of a three-and-a-half-year overhaul of its IT systems, Tulane University in Louisiana has created a high-speed network for researchers working across town and is gearing up to upgrade the campus network to dual 100 gigabit--up from a single 100 megabit connection in 2009. All the while, the university cut data center power use roughly in half.

Virtual Realities: Lone Star Virtualizes IT Systemwide

Being the nation's fastest-growing community college is both a blessing and a curse for Lone Star College System (LSCS) of Houston. Expanding the system from 68,000 students to more than 85,000 during a 36-month span was an impressive feat, of course, but managing an increasingly strained information technology infrastructure across 14 campuses was literally a balancing act for LSCS' IT team.

6 Project-Management Tips

Working through the weekend? Haven't taken a vacation for ages? These 6 tips for transparent, streamlined project management can help.

Big Data Initiatives: Most Organizations Still Coming to Grips

What's driving big data initiatives? According to a new report out of the University of Oxford, key factors include risk and financial management and the need to understand and predict customer behaviors to find new ways to engage with them. However, despite these imperatives, few organizations are actually in the "execute" phase of their big data strategies, as most are still educating themselves, exploring options, or, at best, testing out ideas and technologies.

Solaris 11.1 Enhances Cloud Infrastructure, Adds 300 Features

Oracle has released a new version of its, Solaris. Oracle Solaris 11.1 features more than 300 new features and upgrades, including improved performance, availability, and throughput for Oracle databases; new cloud infrastructure features; and improved availability for enterprise applications.