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IT Trends 05-22-2003

Thursday, May 22, 2003

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Deferred Maintenance—What D'es It Mean for IT?

Terry Calhoun, Commentator
Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
University of Michigan

APPA, the Association of Higher Education Facilities Managers, and NACUBO, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, frequently address the issue of "deferred maintenance." To them, that phrase means the built-up and someday-to-be-incurred expenses of facilities maintenance that current budgets can't afford. It's been a huge problem in recent years and it's going to get bigger. In many ways "maintenance" is easier to "defer" for facilities than for IT—you can delay putting on a new roof for many years before you actually experience leaks in the auditorium.

There may be a parallel situation developing for campus IT; one that may not be so obvious. But the "leaky roofs" of IT are likely to appear more quickly and to have more of a direct impact on the missions of our institutions. Maybe you are not convinced that there are parallels between campus facilities management and IT resource management. Maybe you need to be convinced more than by just hearing the old saw that "they don't call it 'information architecture' for nothing." …

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U. Wisconsin to Stop Licensing of Microsoft Products

The University of Wisconsin-Madison had two choices: enter into a lease with Microsoft and lose ownership of all licenses acquired under its current contract, or continue ownership with a more than 100 percent price increase. It took a third route, choosing not to renew its licenses at all …
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SCO Claims Copyright on Linux; Threatens Suit

The SCO Group claimed that it holds copyright to pieces of the core code of Linux through its original rights to the Unix operating system. It is threatening customers who are using Linux with legal action, saying Linux is, "in material part, an unauthorized derivative of Unix." Linux is used on many campuses and many campus developers are looking to it for cost-savings in the current fiscal climate. Now Microsoft has joined the fray … (ZDNet)
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MIT's Net Security Team Investigated 139 Incidents in April

Many of the investigations turned up Windows FTP and SAMBA vulnerabilities, or port scanning for vulnerable machines. Some machines were fully compromised. Other issues involved illegal file sharing … (The Tech—MIT)
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Network Crash Near Finals Startles Harvard Students

The overall impact of the outage was limited to temporary unavailability and no data appears to have been lost, but coming on the brink of final exams, students with temporarily missing papers and without the ability to contact professors by e-mail were close to panicked … (Harvard Crimson)
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"e-Knowledge" Comes to Campus

First there was information technology and now headed your way: e-Knowledge. "Using technologies that are already developed or will be deployed over the next five years, best practices in knowledge sharing … will be substantially reinvented in [education] ... From this revolution, e-Knowledge will emerge as a defining concept … Every aspect of campus planning will be affected as well: the design of academic facilities plans for wireless communication, campus master plans, and providing for different zones of pervasive, ambient technology."…
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Current Top Campus IT Issues: Not unexpectedly, IT funding challenges are at the top of the EDUCAUSE list of hot IT-related issues on campus. Close behind: security issues and identity management …
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State-by-State Report Card for Higher Education: Measuring Up is a report card series for higher education that grades states on their performance in five categories: preparation, participation, affordability, completion, and benefits. The site allows education administrators and policy makers to compare any state with the best-performing states in each category …
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U. South Florida Managing Campus Space with Web-Based GIS

UF's new GIS system uses an Oracle 8i database, which stores all space, maintenance, and cable management information in a single place and matches it up to verified geographic data using AutoDesk Map and supplemental Trimble software. The information is deployed across the Internet with an Apache Web server and AutoDesk MapGuide, a Web-based GIS environment . . .
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Notre Dame Picks SCT for "Renovare" Project

The University of Notre Dame signed an agreement to replace its legacy campus software systems with technologies from SCT. As part of its IT renovation program dubbed Renovare, Latin for "renewal," Notre Dame will replace its core administrative systems, which include finance, student/faculty, human resources, and payroll, with a suite of SCT Banner products. SCT Banner is an integrated Internet system designed to fuse administrative and academic functions and deliver education enterprise services across campus.

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Sun Introduces Low-End Servers for x86 Crowd

Sun Microsystems Inc. made good on its promises to sell less expensive servers, releasing two new systems—the Sun Fire V60x and V65x—starting at $2,450, the company said. Oracle Corp. joined the announcement by saying it would port its software to Solaris x86, the flavor of Sun OS for Intel Xeon processors. Sun is normally associated with servers in the $10,000 range, but will now compete with Dell in the market for inexpensive one-and two-processor Intel servers.

EMC Offers Cheaper Options on Midrange Storage Systems

Storage giant EMC offered cheaper options for its CX200 midrange system, part of an effort to win customers that still rely on tape drives for back-up. One option is to buy a system with one Fibre Channel controller instead of two, bringing the cost of the $25,000 entry-level CX200 system to as low as $10,000. Customers can also use cheaper Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) drives in the dual-controller CX200 systems.

Cisco Ponies up 14 New Security Systems

Cisco Systems Inc. unveiled more than a dozen new security products this week in a move to cover end-to-end security throughout IP networks. The offerings include three security management products, three hardware-based accelerators for Cisco's virtual private networks (VPN), five components for its intrusion detection system, and a new VPN client for desktop PCs.

The Next Step After WiFi is Already Here

A more robust standard for high-speed broadband wireless delivery to laptops and desktops—the 802.16a standard—will augment the WiFi market beginning in late 2004, according a study published by Visant Strategies. The new standard, which is optimized for fixed and mobile broadband in the wide area network, today parallels that of WLAN technology in the late 1990s, when the market finally grew as 802.11 price vs. performance gains converted WLAN from a niche to a mass market …
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