Universities don't become headlines because a $2,000 computer is hacked or lost. They become headlines when sensitive information such as Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, and medical information is stolen. In terms of liability, the asset is not equipment; it is information.
Indiana University has signed an agreement to provide its home state government with back-up data center services. Representatives from the Indiana Office of Technology and IU said the deal will give the state a hot site that will enable IOT to continue operations for critical IT services should its primary center in Indianapolis become unavailable.
London's Imperial College has outsourced management of an image library containing 20,000 pictures, a move that has lowered its administrative overhead and made it possible to tag the images more easily. IC is using the Brandworkz 3.0 digital asset management system, developed by GlobusMedia to manage the online image library for 5,000 university staff.
A Cambridge University research lab has cut the time it took to back up more than 23 terabytes of data from seven days to two, as part of an overhaul of its storage area network.
University of Missouri recently revamped its Microsoft Exchange messaging environment with the help of EMC Corporation's products and services. According to EMC, the IT department at the university has reworked its infrastructure, allowing for a 500 percent increase in employees' mailbox quotas and 100 percent increase in students' mailbox quotas.
Researchers at National Taiwan University have made a breakthrough in optical storage technology, a process that can boost the capacity of a single compact disc to 150 gigabytes to 200 gigabytes, university spokespeople said.
The Andrew Mellon Foundation last week awarded $1.2 million grant to the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to help find ways to solve the so-called "80 percent problem."
A new backup and restore system at Oregon State University Foundation has reduced weekly backup time for the system administrator from days, to just 90 minutes. "I'd hate to think how my Mondays would be without it," said Systems and Database Administrator Lyle Utt.
Campus Technology is seeking nominations through May 15 for its 2007 Innovators Awards for exemplary use of technology by colleges and universities and their vendor partners.
Project Blackbox, Sun Microsystems' prototype of a self-contained, virtualized datacenter is making the rounds via flatbed truck.