College Planning & Management

MAR 2013

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DISASTER FAVOR an arrangement like this," Morse says. "It took about two months to complete the agreement." The agreement itself runs to 7,600 words. Essentially, it says that each school will buy, install, and maintain its own server rack, servers, and disk drives for data storage in the space provided in the other school's data center. "As part of the agreement, we had to verify that Pomona's server room met our requirements," Morse says. "Pomona had to verify that our server room met its requirements." Questions about server rooms involved backup power, air-conditioning and temperature controls, fire protection, access control, door alarms, cameras, and other security precautions. In addition to space, the host school would provide power and network connectivity. CLOUD COMPUTING is the use of computing resources (hardware and software) that are delivered as a service over a network (typically the Internet). The name comes from the use of a cloud-shaped symbol as an abstraction for the complex infrastructure it contains in system diagrams. Cloud computing entrusts remote services with a user's data, software, and computation. The agreement also assigns responsibilities to the host school and the guest school for protecting confidential information. The Technology Plan "Virtualization technology that has come about within the last three years or so is what enables us to do this," says Pflueger. "We used to have about 150 individual servers in our data center. Today, thanks to virtualization, those services are running on five megaservers." Virtualization means creating a number of virtual servers, acting as individual servers, on a single server. In the case of Pomona, each of the five megaservers are running approximately 30 virtual servers that provide various services across campus, such as learning management, financial management, and email. Morse has decided to use recently retired server hardware for the installation at Pomona. "Using older equipment makes the equipment costs negligible," he says. "The older servers will work because the site will only be used in production in case of a disaster. Most of the time, the equipment will only be updating and running — with no one using the system." EDFNXSIRUHYHU\V\VWHPRQFDPSXV DOOZLWKLQ\RXUEXGJHW 352/&'6HULHV (Q6SLUH6HULHV 352576HULHV 6WXGHQWDQGVWDIIVDIHW\GHSHQGVRQ32:(5 &RPSUHKHQVLYH3URWHFWLRQ Minuteman's product line includes solutions ranging from enterprise-level Uninterruptible Power Supplies to single-outlet surge suppressors, simplifying the process of building a quality power protection system. Scan now! The safety of every person on campus depends on the security systems in place in each building. Whether those consist of a single camera DVR or a 400 camera supersystem stretching across multiple locations, Minuteman's line of power protection products will ensure they will remain operational when the power fails. Since 1982 we have provided reliable, comprehensive power protection solutions to 1000+ educational institutions. _ZZZPLQXWHPDQXSVFRP_ZZZVL]HP\XSVFRP 3DUD6\VWHPV,QF_/H0D\'U&DUUROOWRQ7; 56 COLLEGE PLANNING & MANAGEMENT / MARCH 2013 WWW.PLANNING 4EDUCATION.COM

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