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California State University Moves Administrative Systems to Hybrid Cloud

The California State University System is transforming the way it delivers services to students, faculty and staff with a systemwide hybrid cloud from Unisys. The cloud will be home to the university's Common Management System, a suite of administrative applications that handles everything from student scheduling and registration to human resources and employee compensation.

The deployment will begin as a private cloud in CSU's San Jose, CA data center, with the ability to expand into public cloud services as needed. It will be powered by Unisys's automated Cloud Management Platform, a software-as-a-service solution that "identifies and allocates private, public and hybrid cloud services as necessary to provide the most effective and cost-efficient resources for a given task," according to the company. The platform's analytics tools will draw on university-wide data to "create predictive models to identify potential new service initiatives and optimize governance and delivery of support services at all campuses."

On the data security side, Unisys's managed security services will tap into the system's analytics to "detect, prioritize and neutralize cyber threats arising from both external and internal sources," according to a news release. In addition, backup and disaster recovery capabilities will be provided by a Unisys data center.

"The Unisys solution creates a secure, analytics-driven cloud environment to integrate our information resources to develop and deliver more innovative educational and administrative services across all 23 campuses quickly and cost-efficiently," said Steve Relyea, executive vice chancellor and chief financial officer for California State University, in a statement.

For more information, visit the Unisys site.

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