15 Apr 2016
Important announcement from IT Services
In late 2015, IT Services initiated a project to address the University’s storage needs, improve performance of workspaces and provide capacity for future growth.
The project consists of two key phases. These included the complete replacement of the existing storage infrastructure with the latest architecture available and, the migration of virtual servers, group and individual filestore.
The first phase of works has now been completed and the project is now moving into the second phase where the migrations will take place.
These migrations will elicit disruption and downtime to both students and staff accessing files and documents from workspaces and filestore during the changeover of services.
To ensure this disruption is kept to a minimum, consultation with stakeholders (including School Operations Managers and the Academic Registry) across the institution has taken place to identify the least disruptive dates alongside the decision to conduct these changes overnight.
The planned dates for the migration of workspaces are as follows:
Group Workspaces: WS5, WS6, WS7, WS8*
Disruptive Period: Thurs 12 May (approx. 6pm) – Fri 13 May (approx. 10am)
Individual Workspaces:-HS1, HS2, HS3, HS4*
Disruptive Period: Thurs 7 July (approx. 6pm) – Fri 8July (approx. 10am)
Individual Workspaces:-HS5, HS6, HS7, HS8*
Disruptive Period: Thurs 14 July (approx. 6pm) – Fri 15 July (approx. 10am)
We appreciate users may need to work on key tasks during this period and advise that anyone working locally applies due diligence and takes the necessary precautions over data security until the completion of these works.
For further information and advice on these works please contact IT Services.
(*WS & HS denominations represent parts of Network File Store as specified above. This storage is sometimes referred to as Individual Workspace/U: drive for HS and Group Workspace for WS. The proposed disruption will affect this storage, including all folders and files found under the “Network Location” on your computer)