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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Tutorial: Getting started with web development using Vagrant/VirtualBox

Due to the interest received towards development/programming, in this blog post we're going to take the time to detail how to get started with web development using a local virtual machine environment.  We'll also go over how to write a simple "Hello World" script in PHP.  

  • git installed on host machine
  • Install VirtualBox
  • Install Vagrant
  • Ensure VirutalBox + Vagrant are compatible.
  • PuTTY or some other SSH client (Windows only, native in Linux)
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Updates to Central ITS Services

Over the last several months, the university-level Information Technology Services (ITS) group and the Information Security Office (ISO)  have made some important upgrades to several of their service offerings.  We wanted to review some of these changes here to make sure you know about these changes.

  • Wireless network bandwidth increases:  The wireless bandwidth quotas for faculty and staff have been raised to 2 Terabytes per week (previously 500 GB/week)
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