Cloud Computing Options

Cloud computing services are a hot topic right now.  While there are many options available to the UT-Austin community, in this blog I want to highlight three services offered by the University.

First, UT offers a virtual machine infrastructure housed in UDC called UT-VMG (UT Virtual Machine Gateway).  This service is based on the VMware vSphere Virtual Infrastructure suite and vRealize Automation. You can quickly provision your own virtual machines, even modify them on the fly1.  The cost is fairly modest for virtual machines.

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UDC Network Upgrades

The network in the University Data Center (UDC) will soon be upgraded to ensure continued stability and performance. The current data center network was purchased in 2010 and is near its end of vendor support. 

The new network has already been installed in parallel to the existing network and is undergoing testing. Migration of approximately 750 customer devices will take place starting in late October.  Migrations will be done  one rack pair at a time, in order to lower the risk for individual customers as the migrations take place.  The old

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Our Entire Primary Data Center Is Now HIPAA Compliant

This is an email that went out from the university CIO on September 8, 2016

Since the primary data center opened about 5 years ago, we had a number of cabinets with card readers to secure health information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA was enacted in 1996 and addresses the security and privacy of health information.

 The University

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The Benefits of Moving Your Commodity Servers to the UDC

Effective September 1, 2014, a change in University policy requires all commodity IT services to be either physically or virtually located within the University Data Center (UDC). The policy applies only to commodity IT services. "Commodity" IT servers are defined as "web servers, mail servers, file servers, database servers, and directory servers" in colleges, departments, and units.  (Exceptions may be requested via the UT ISO office).

The University Data Center is a professionally managed enterprise-class data center located on campus, and available (at reasonable cost) to

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