The University of Texas at Austin

Project: UT Web Infrastructure

UT Web Infrastructure Project Overview

3/28/2014 - Exciting progress is being made on the UT Web Infrastructure project, which is one step closer to launching a new, panel-based shared web hosting platform that will ultimately replace Web Central.

After the detailed design was completed last year, the project team began working on two proof-of-concept phases. Phase 1 began in November 2013 with a goal to ensure the technologies proposed in the design functioned as expected. The full UT Web technology stack was installed and configured and content was served and accessed, including pages protected by UTLogin. This phase was completed in late January 2014 and met all the success criteria. Based on this, the project steering committee unanimously endorsed moving into Phase 2.

Phase 2, which officially began this past Monday, February 24, 2014, builds on the knowledge gained during Phase 1. The focus will be on advanced testing, such as validating performance and high availability, and disaster recovery and business continuity strategies. Customer migration testing and documentation is also included in Phase 2 which is expected to conclude in May 2014. At that time, with steering committee approval, the build phase of the project will begin with a target of having UT Web available for campus during the summer of 2014.

Currently, the project team is busy conducting a series of focused, on-site, one-on-one meetings with both existing Web Central customers and prospective UT Web customers to review the project’s progress and upcoming timeline and answer questions. To date, the project team has met with nearly a dozen colleges, schools and units. If you would be interested in having one of these meetings, please contact the UT Web Infrastructure project manager, David Moss (dmoss@utexas.edu, 512-471-9066).

Scope

This project will gather existing Web hosting requirements, perform analysis and establish a set of recommended policies, procedures and guidelines for UT's next generation Web hosting needs. The project team will also work with campus stakeholders to conduct an evaluation to identify alternatives, including possible cloud-based, outsourced or managed service offerings. Once a recommendation is made and approved, deployment of the new service offering and migration of existing Web sites will be completed.

Goals

The goals of this project are to:

  • Define requirements and complete a gap analysis.
  • Conduct evaluation to determine the best option for the UT environment.
  • Deploy the new service as well as associated policies and procedures.
  • Migrate existing Web sites to the new service.

Timeline

  • Emergency Web hosting solution implemented - Complete
  • Approved project charter - Complete
  • Develop project plan and timeline (initial phases) - Complete
  • Request for Qualifications (RFQ) - Complete
  • Define requirements - Complete
  • Design service - Complete
  • Build service - Spring 2014
  • Test migration (e.g., ITS Web sites) and training and documentation - Spring 2014
  • Production deployment - Summer 2014
  • Migration of existing Websites - Summer 2014+

Note: This is an estimated timeline and subject to change as the project progresses.

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