March 11, 2009

Expect System Falters During IT Data Center Transition

VALDOSTA - Outages for the main Web site, WebCT, Luminis, Banner and e-mail can be expected while Information Technology attempts to move more than 200 servers from existing data centers into the new Oak Street data center during spring break, March 16-20.

Director Joe Newton said that due to weather predictions of scattered showers, work could begin as early as Friday evening, March 13.

All moves will take place after hours and major services should be restored the same night they are moved.

The transition is the result of a partnership between IT and Auxiliary Services, which allowed for the gain of a new data center of unprecedented capacity and resources. Located in the Oak Street Parking Deck, it encompasses 1,700 square feet of raised floor space, two 140kVA uninterruptable power supplies, four 15-ton air conditioning units and a 300kVA backup power generator.

Newton said the facility will also house the redundant network core and all production systems using energy efficient hardware, providing VSU with a significantly higher level of resiliency and availability for computing and networking infrastructure and the services they host.

Call IT at (229) 245-4357 for more information.

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