videoconferencing service. MEDIUM.
||2011 for 18 months.
||After money received the WebEx service was trialled throughout the
University. After feedback this has now been improved and moved to a full
service for 18 months (at which point it will be assessed for
Investigate residential networks. LOW.
||Pilot project successfully run in 2010 with Graduate Accommodation, so no
considering potential for wider roll-out.
Investigation of network monitoring. LOW.
||Further investigation of network monitoring capabilities in light of
increased size and demand.
Investigate full disk encryption service. MEDIUM.
||Depending upon outcomes from the Information Security Best Practice
initiative, OUCS will consider the possibilities (and costs) of running a full
disk encryption service.
Increase Resilience for the Podcasting and iTunes U service (‘Podcasting
||The iTunes U service, in particular, is now a major part of the University’s
outreach activities. So far it has been developed piece by piece, so this
project would seek to procure new systems and hardware to place it on a more
resilient footing, and streamline the capture > process > storage >
Develop and promote shared infrastructure services for the collegiate
University (a series of projects including ‘Dual Site Resilience’, ‘Shared
Infrastructure Services’, ‘OUCS Data Centre Refurbishment’, and ‘Federated
Storage Infrastructure’). HIGH.
||The shared data centre, managed by OUCS and in operation from Trinity 2011,
is an opportunity to offer world-class shared infrastructure services.
Therefore, the programme of projects associated with the data centre includes
the deployment of high availability virtual infrastructure services as well as
co-location (where no other option is possible). The shared infrastructure
services project is augmented by funding from the University Modernisation Fund
to deploy high availability private/hybrid cloud services.
Implement Core User Directory service. HIGH.
||Jan 2011 / June 2012
||The Core User Directory Implementation Project is funded to develop a
service for the gathering, reconciliation and provision of identifiers and
attributes defining the relationships an individual has with the collegiate
Review and upgrade of OUCS Registration Database. MEDIUM.
||The OUCS Registration database is a source of authoritative data
underpinning OUCS services but also for use by other University and local
services (especially as the source for email address and SSO username data).
The review of the Registration Database should be undertaken in conjunction
with the implementation of a CUD service, on the one hand, and the continued
improvements to the University's access management services provided by
Enhancing OUCS Web publishing services. MEDIUM.
||The Web Publishing Service (also known as users.ox.ac.uk) provides basic
website facilities for users. In addition, OUCS offers a number of other
services that enable an online 'presence' for units and individuals. During
2009/10 OUCS has undertaken an internal assessment of these services in
preparation for a more extensive user consultation and implementation project.
Student clubs and societies; and department websites are likely to be early
beneficiaries of an enhanced web publishing service.
Providing services for research data management (also including ‘Managing
Capacity for Backup and Archiving’ Phases 2-4 see below, plus work noted
above on shared infrastructure services). MEDIUM.
||OUCS is a leading department in the development and implementation of the
University's strategy for the management of research data. Both the EIDCSR and
Sudamih projects have recommended service enhancements for the better support
for research data management and curation. In particular, the provision of more
specialised training; the availability of day to day federated storage to
augment local provision; the capture, storage and publication of metadata as
part of the HFS archiving process; and the provision of a database-as-service
platform. These activities may be subsumed under the overall programme of
shared infrastructure services being developed in connection with the new
shared data centre.
Replace Backbone Network. HIGH.
||2011 to 2013
||The University network backbone will need replacing in 2012, as some of the
present hardware becomes unsupported then. Consultation and planning for this
will begin in 2011 leading to a proposal for how this can be taken forward. The
plan would be to upgrade to at least 40Gbps, but we will take into account new
opportunities presented by Janet SIX.
Development of an actionable service catalogue for OUCS. LOW.
||2011/12 – 2012/13
||Rationalise the OUCS service listings so that a single "service catalogue"
is readily discoverable and accessible to users; provide a mechanism for
service providers to publish a list of associated projects, service requests;
develop fully or semi-automated self-service request fulfilment mechanism for
selected services (e.g. Web hosting services; Kerberos principles, etc.)
Refurbishment of OUCS data centre. HIGH.
||The refurbishment of the OUCS data centre project will be defined as a
result of a feasibility study in 2010-11. However, priorities for refurbishment
include the replacing of the air conditioning system; re-balancing the power
phasing; contained aisles where appropriate; and reviewing UPS
WebLearn: ‘Hybrid’ Sakai 2/3. MEDIUM.
||A phased project looking at using Sakai 3 alongside Sakai 2 to meet
University objectives. Awaits completion of Sakai 3.
Managing Capacity for backup and Archiving services (‘Managing Capacity for
Backup and Archiving’ Phases 2-4). MEDIUM.
||A series of phased projects to take forward the development of the HFS
(already underway), to make it more resilient and to provide sufficient
capacity. This will also work in conjunction with the work being undertaken in
the new Shared data Centre for shared infrastructure and storage. Projects will
include the replacement of the existing Automatic Tape Library which is
obsolete (13 years old). The replacement of the tape library should be
considered together with the possibility of providing dual site backup/archive
servers (within the new data centre) in order to mitigate the risks associated
with having a single HFS installation in the OUCS data centre. This objective
will be informed by the results of a feasibility study taking place in 2011.
The upgrade to the tape drives will extend enable extended use of the tape
library until its replacement fulfilled.