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 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
- 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.
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