Well it’s almost November and the blog has been a bit quiet recently! It’s also been a while since I put something up so I thought I’d give you a brief update on what we’ve been doing recently and what we are planning for next year.
One of the biggest projects this year has been the introduction of GoogleMail for students. All new 1st year students are now live on the google domain. The last of the Google/Groupwise integration work is being completed soon, the most important part of this is to share contacts between Groupwise and GoogleMail. We hope to offer migration to the google domain to all students next year, the aim being that by the end of 2010 all students will be using the Google mail domain.
We’ve also been working to improve the SunRay infrastructure with the addition of new servers, improved access times to staff home directories and staff shared directories and we’ve been working hard to reduce the carbon emissions of our existing data centre. Server virtualisation is now key to our server infrastructure; we have also been following quite an aggressive server retirement plan to reduce our physical estate of servers.
We’ve recently purchased a new storage solution from a company called Compellent, this is going live on Sunday 8th November and will initially store all staff home directories and shared files. I’m sure the team will blog shortly about the new Compellent SAN so I won’t go into too much detail here.
Next year will see our new data centre built and we are hoping to make this as green as we possibly can. We are currently working with facilities management to analyse the power usage and heat generated by our current data centre, this data will then advise the design of the new data centre. Next year will see more virtualisation and less physical servers being purchased. We are also looking at giving some SunRay users more control over their desktops and the ability to install their own applications.
That’s it from me at the moment, I’m off to twist some arms and hopefully the blog will liven up a bit pretty soon with some more posts from the team!