News Update :: Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Contracts, Deals, Awards

UGS Grants $1B in Software to Rebuild Southern Colleges

UGS Corp., a provider of product lifecycle management software, said it would offer in-kind software grants worth $1 billion to 50 colleges and universities in the five states directly affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) said that, “while most of the focus of the efforts to rebuild the South after last year’s storms has rightfully been infrastructure, today’s announcement sheds light on the critical effort to train a more skilled workforce in order to attract more business to the South – which will help rebuild and strengthen the region.”

Dave Shirk, executive vice president at UGS, said the grant was important because schools with access to state-of-the-art engineering software “are better able to recruit and retain top-notch engineering students, engage in community redevelopment projects, and ultimately rebuild neighborhoods.”

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Elmhurst College Revamps Net Storage, Recovery Solutions

Illinois’s Elmhurst College will purchase a back-up appliance from Revinetix Sentio Inc. to protect its Windows- and Linux-based computer servers used for ERP, course management software, e-mail, and Web applications. The school runs 23 Linux and Windows servers to support its campus of 3,000 students and faculty.

Prior to converting to the appliance, the college’s IT staff relied on traditional tape backups. The college sought a more robust network backup solution that supported offsite archiving, multiple operating systems, and more affordable server licensing. “We were doing disk-to-disk backups…but this was not a very clever network backup solution,” said Jim Francis, the college’s director of computer services. “We had to do copy commands and didn’t have compression, history, or reporting, which got to be pretty ugly.”

The new backup solution, he said, supports unlimited licenses. He also has the ability to take information off of servers and move it to a bank vault 20 miles away for a complete disaster recovery (DR) solution.

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