Campus Technology Infrastructure Changes
This Summer, ITS has spent considerable time and resources on projects aimed at improving the basic technology infrastructure at the College.
ITS, working with Los Nettos, the College’s ISP (Internet Service Provider), completed construction of a second fiber optic cable that will connect our campus to a Los Nettos hub at the USC Health Services campus. Once Los Nettos completes their upgrade project, this cable will provide a redundant connection to the Internet for Oxy; a redundant connection will help insure Oxy against loss of Internet connectivity.
Below: how our redundant Internet link arrives to campus, starting at the corner of Rangeview Avenue and Avenue 49.
ITS also completed purchase and installation of a major upgrade to campus network storage hardware, an upgrade that we anticipate will bring improved performance and reliability to our services. While only a small number of our production services have been migrated to the new hardware at this point, ITS anticipates this migration to be completed by October.
Below, the new storage hardware on the left and old storage hardware on the right. Outlined in pink is a size comparison: our new storage hardware is about ⅓ the size, but significantly faster and more robust.
Starting in the Fall, ITS will begin a thorough review of our practices and procedures for the inventory, monitoring, alerting, and backup of our systems and services. The goal of this will be to address growing challenges with requests for data restore, defining and maintaining minimum retention periods for backed up data, and better understanding how our systems relate to one another so that we can optimize backup and maintenance procedures.
As a result of both the storage upgrades as well as the addition of a redundant Internet link, ITS has deployed a total of 14 network devices along the campus backbone and in the datacenter that support 10 gigabit per second Ethernet, commonly known as 10GigE.
Below, new network hardware in the datacenter awaiting migration of the rest of our servers.
Finally, ITS has begun the long process of upgrading to the next major version of Banner, as well as the next major version of the Luminis software that powers the MyOxy portal. While we anticipate that these upgrades will take at least a year to complete, both require major changes to the way we manage both Banner and Oxynet accounts and permissions. As these upgrades progress, ITS will be working on reviewing and updating our procedures for creating, deactivating, and changing account permissions with an eye towards reducing complexity and confusion and an ultimate goal of greater automation.
James Uhrich (firstname.lastname@example.org) will be happy to answer any questions you might have about the infastructure changes.
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