The University of Texas at Austin

Project: Central Storage

Central Storage Project Overview

8/22/12 - In direct response to campus requests for reliable, cost-effective bulk storage, ITS is pleased to announce the UT Enterprise Bulk Storage (UTEBS) service. At a rate of $.40/GB/year for 1 Terabyte or more, UTEBS is intended to support mission critical services for the university and address bulk storage needs for departments, colleges, and research units.
Additional information, including how to order UTEBS, is available on the UT Enterprise Bulk Storage (UTEBS) service page or by sending an email to storage@its.utexas.edu

The Central Storage project is a two-phase initiative that will enable ITS to cost-effectively expand and enhance centralized data storage services offerings for campus.

Phase I was completed in summer 2010 and addressed the immediate needs to sustain current campus storage environments.

Phase II is currently under way, and focuses on developing a storage roadmap that allows for optimal allocation of ITS funds and resources to meet campus storage needs over the next 3 to 5 years.

Goals

The goal of Phase I of the central storage project was to provide the infrastructure needed to accommodate projected increases in storage requirement for the next 12 months. Phase I is complete - additional storage capacity was purchased and installed during the spring and summer 2010 semester.

The goals for Phase II include:

  • Design, recommend and implement a long-term (3-5 years) storage solution that adheres to the business requirements collected from campus stakeholders.
  • Enable a scalable hardware infrastructure that supports the storage solution and aligns with the technical storage guidelines as identified by ITS staff.

Scope

Phase I

The scope of Phase I of the central storage project is to provide the infrastructure needed to accommodate projected increases to storage requirements for the next 12 months, based on past growth. The scope for the infrastructure needs for Phase 1 includes:

  • Increased capacity based on forecasted growth for central services such as Austin Disk, BlackBoard, Web Central, WebSpace, and Oracle, based on current quota entitlements.
  • Increased capacity for forecasted data backup needs for central services, as well as providing additional capacity on the Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) campus server to accommodate departmental backup needs.
  • Increased capacity to accommodate departmental requests to migrate specific services to ITS.
  • A 20% contingency to address increases in quota entitlements and higher customer usage.
  • Phase II

The scope of Phase II is to provide the infrastructure needed to accommodate the storage needs of the campus community over the next 3-5 years. Detailed in-scope tasks include:

  • Design, recommend and implement a long-term (3-5 years) storage solution that adheres to the business requirements collected from campus stakeholders.
  • Enable a scalable hardware infrastructure that supports the storage solution and aligns with the technical storage guidelines as identified by ITS staff.
  • Develop a transparent cost model for service, which will include Common Good Services.
  • Improve storage methodologies, including: Implement annual storage trend/growth analysis and reporting; Create/update Disaster Recovery (DR) plans for all storage systems; Develop a purchasing strategy to accommodate 20% contingency planning; Define lifecycle for storage hardware.
  • Foster collaborative relationships with campus entities to promote utilization of centralized storage

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