For schools looking to minimize risk, cloud solutions offer a cost-effective way to achieve a range of disaster-readiness goals.
Thrust into online learning at scale in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina--a disaster that put 45 percent of its physical campus out of commission--New Orleans-based Delgado Community College experienced the aftershock of realizing that many of its students were not "online ready." Success rates--and therefore retention and completion rates--suffered just because of a student skills gap in online education. A self-guided online learning module, DORM, has made a big difference even as a doubling of enrollment since 2006 has put further pressure on available classroom space.
Barracuda Networks has released version 4.2 of its Barracuda Backup Service, which now includes VMware host support.
Boilerplate equipment warranties are giving way to negotiated agreements that give institutions the ability to manage their IT operations more efficiently and strategically.
Barracuda Networks is expanding cloud storage for organizations that subscribe to its local and cloud-based disaster recovery solution, known as Barracuda Backup Service.
No safety program can stop every campus threat, but proper preparation can mean the difference between life and death. CT looks at the three key components of a successful program.
One community college system stages a yearly event to help member institutions hone their emergency-management skills.
A Catholic liberal arts college in Vermont is significantly reducing the number of its physical servers by going virtual. The effort is not only paying off in energy efficiency and cost savings, but it's also allowed the college to establish a second data center dedicated to disaster recovery.
In a multi-phase project that started in January 2010, Pennsylvania State University has done an analysis of the emergency preparedness and response capabilities of 21 campuses in its system. This initiative is a follow-up to a university-wide assessment done in 2009.
At the CT2010 Executive Summit on July 19 in Boston, the morning session was dedicated to a scan of the IT environment in higher education; the afternoon would focus participants’ attention on leadership issues. Discussions suggested that the trend to exclude top IT leaders from the president’s inner strategic circle was premature and perhaps ill advised. And that CIOs who represent their jobs as primarily or exclusively maintaining IT operations may be missing significant national trends and changes.