Open Source Lab at Oregon State University www.osuosl.org
24/7 On-Demand Systems and Applications Availability
Project Lead: Corey Shields, Infrastructure Manager
Project Description: Provides free hosting for the Linux Kernel Project, the Apache Software Foundation, Debian Linux, Gentoo Linux, OpenOffice.org, KDE, Mozilla, and Drupal. The lab's size has more than tripled in the past 18 months and hosts 130 servers. The servers run a variety of Linux distributions, mostly Gentoo and Debian. They host a range of Apache-based Web services, source control systems, content management systems, wikis, and many underlying databases, mostly MySQL. The project leverages Splunk, Xen, and Cfengine combined with Revision Control.
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute www.rpi.edu
Business Intelligence Initiative
Project Lead: Ora Fish, Data Warehouse Manager
Project Description: Deployed Hyperion Performance Suite to create flexible dashboards and dynamic reports that allow users to swiftly get to information they need. Financial, student, and budget information is readily available in hundreds of customizable reports and dashboards. The metadata layer and interoperability between Hyperion and Informatica helped deliver success. Single sign-on to a report portal allows users to retrieve dashboards and reports and run queries.
Salisbury University www.salisbury.edu
Storage Consolidation and Centralized Data Management
Project Lead: Troy Donoway, Systems Engineering Manager
Project Description: Installed two tiers of EMC Clariion storage: 4TB of Fibre Channel drives for its most demanding applications such as PeopleSoft, and 16TB of ATA drives for archiving, backups, and personal storage space for students, faculty, and staff. It moved from seven Novell NetWare file servers to a single EMC Celerra NAS gateway to centrally managed file sharing. EMC NetWorker software replaced labor-intensive, manual tape backup with a daily, unattended disk-to-disk backup process. Archival images are now stored on the Clariion ATA. Using EMC VMware to create virtual servers, Salisbury avoids the expense of additional hardware purchases. Because of the flexibility and functionality provided by this new infrastructure, Salisbury plans to open an integrated media center in the fall of 2008.
University of Northern Colorado www.unco.edu
Information Leak Prevention
Project Lead: Ryan Rose, Director of IT, Core Services
Project Description: Deployed PortAuthority solution to stop leaks of sensitive student data and confidential information over Web communications and networked printing in real time. The SunGard Banner SCT ERP system interfaces with the database and binds an array of information from finance to HR to student records. For network security, they also use Cisco PIX firewalls, Tipping Point’s IDS, Proventia’s host-based IPS, and Symantec for anti-virus. The staff deployed an Oracle database on the back end of the Sungard Banner system and use Microsoft Exchange, SQL server, and IAS.