IT Trends :: Thursday, May 24, 2007

Case Study

OSU Adopts Hybrid Backup Approach
By Linda L. Briggs

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....

IT News

U Washington Deploys IP-Based 'Coursecasting'
The University of Washington, in an effort to improve access to classroom materials for students, has deployed IP-based audio encoding devices throughout 24 classrooms, standardizing on Barix Instreamers....
Peirce Accelerates Student Portal
Peirce College is accelerating its Web applications with Crescendo Networks. The Philadelphia, PA college is using Crescendo's Maestro Application Front End to accelerate Java and ASP services on a student portal that's expected to launch by the end of this quarter....
Mississippi College System Adopts Blackboard
A statewide initiative launched in Mississippi will bring Blackboard's CMS and LOM systems to 15 community and junior colleges. The program was initiated by the Mississippi State Board for Community and Junior Colleges....
Serious Games Competition Opens to Education
The annual Serious Games Showcase & Challenge, which has traditionally focuses on military applications for gaming technologies, this year is expanding its scope to include education technology....
IT Funding, Student Safety Top Concerns for CIOs
University information technology officials rated funding for technology as the most pressing issue they face, according to an annual "current issues" survey by the Educause higher education association. The survey asked campus IT managers to rank a series of information technology challenges on their campus, including security, funding, identity management, and strategic planning. Funding was No. 1....
Illegal File Sharing Rooted Out at Ohio U, Say Admins
Ohio University boasted that, following crackdown, illegal file sharing via its campus networks has been eradicated. University CIO Brice Bible said that illegal file-sharing on the university's network had "virtually stopped," according to a report in the Athens (OH) Times....
CUNY Picks Systemwide Help Desk Software Suite
The City University of New York (CUNY) has purchased a software suite to help automate its help desk services. The school, the country's largest urban public university, with 23 institutions, picked the RightAnswers site to drive self-service initiatives across all its service desks....
AlarmPoint Launches Notification Grants
AlarmPoint Systems has launched a new grant program offering emergency notification systems through its new Crisis Notification Systems Grants Program....

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