4. Strategic Issues and Development
OUCS has undertaken several key projects over 2009-2010 and will continue these, to meet the main strategic goals of the University. In particular:
- Meeting the demand for resilient services, and minimising disruption to University business, by planning for the new Shared Data Centre (SDC), and the future replacement of the network backbone.
- Keeping up with changes demanded of us by new directions in underlying and emerging technologies, e.g. starting work on the move to IPv6, developing mobile provision, exploiting podcasting via iTunes U.
- Taking forward our services and grasping the opportunities presented to us
by these changes in technology. For example:
- extensive work on the HFS to safeguard the University’s digital assets through a series of phased projects on managing and developing our archiving and backup facilities;
- beginning to map out a private cloud services in the new SDC that also can utilise outsourced cloud services, and offer departments a resilient and cost effective alternative to server (co)location through the SDC and the Virtual Infrastructure services we will be developing;
- developing our suite of collaborative tools into a seamless experience for staff and students, interoperable with other key services (Nexus SharePoint/Exchange, WebLearn2, Identity and Access Management, Student Systems, etc);
- continuing the development towards ubiquitous networking through the roll-out of the Wireless service; and exploiting the opportunities offered by Voice over IP (VOIP), and the merging network services and telecoms;
- developing a single trusted source of core information about all the users in Oxford and their groupings via the CUD and Groupstore projects;
- further developing and promoting services and policies to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions across the University in conjunction with the Environmental Sustainability Unit (e.g. a revised WOL service made available through the NSMS FiDo linux appliance, Video conferencing).
- Future proofing the sustainability of services by planning in advance for major upgrades or expansion in capacity (e.g. HFS, Nexus, etc).
- Pooling knowledge and expertise with other IT providers and support staff to offer academics and students a more seamless experience.