The University of Texas at Austin

Project: Central Storage

Project Details

Phase I of the storage project involved expanding the SAN and the NAS (our two existing storage architectures) to meet the needs of campus for the next 12 months. Phase I has been completed - additional storage capacity has been purchased and installed, and is currently in production. The additional capacity is expected to last until Spring or Summer 2011.

Phase II involves defining the storage needs for the campus community over the next 3-5 years and proposing an appropriate solution. Solutions must fulfill the majority of the themes for data storage on campus that were identified in a data storage focus group, including:

  • User education/Help with choosing a solution
  • Sharing documents with users both within UT‐Austin and external to the university
  • Easy to provision and use the service
  • Support for the data retention lifecycle
  • Backups (unspecified ‐ desktop and/or server)
  • Encryption/Cat 1 Data/Data security
  • Ability to store and share large files

The project team and the steering committee are currently researching options to fulfill these needs.

Cost of service

Central storage is currently funded by a combination of income from the individual services that use the storage and central campus funding. This cost model is under review by the IT Governance committee and will evolve as this project progresses.

Documentation

Phase I

Phase II

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