15 Oct 2015
IT storage refresh project
The University is currently running a high profile IT project to replace the storage that underpins the majority of services at the University.
The objective of the project is to replace existing storage and support growth and performance demands over a five year period.
The scope of the project will cover the virtual server environments, group and individual workspace. Out of scope will be the storage used for business critical virtual servers, for example core systems such as payroll.
The project will address both performance and capacity limitations of the existing system, providing at least 190TB of storage to accommodate a 15% rate of growth per annum.
The migration of each individual and group workspace will require an outage, currently planned to take place over a weekend. IT Services will be liaising with Schools and Professional Services to identify the best time to do this. To help minimise the length of this outage, it is requested that staff delete any existing old and redundant data.
The project is currently planned to be completed by mid-2016. It is envisaged to be the final traditional storage refresh project for user storage space ahead of a new, tiered strategy to exploit cloud services such as Microsoft OneDrive and emerging archive technology.
If you would like to know more about this project or have any questions please contact Joe Ashley via firstname.lastname@example.org