Announcement

TAB Data Center Renovation Project

Category: Announcement

July 3, 2013
To:
All Faculty and Staff
From:
Theresa Regan
Body:

Since January, Tufts Technology Services (TTS) has been engaged in a comprehensive project to update Tufts’ primary data center.  The project is expected to be completed in January 2014 and is structured as a two-phase plan that allows Tufts to improve the facility while keeping IT services running with as few application and service interruptions as possible.

Tufts’ primary data center, located in the Tufts Administration Building (TAB) received its last major renovation in 1988.  As a result, significant work to the architectural infrastructure is necessary, requiring the relocation throughout the summer of all of the systems housed in the data center.  As systems get relocated, planned temporary outages of specific services will occur.  Below is a list of some of the major systems that will be moved and the times they will be unavailable as a result.

System
Unavailable
Duration
Departmental shares (P: and Q: drives) and storage for some virtual serversSaturday, July 13Several hours
High Performance Computing Cluster and Research Storage (Lewis/Clark)Thursday, July 18
Several hours
Old Student information System (not iSIS) and affiliated HR & Finance Servers 
Saturday, August 3Several hours

       
Other outages of much shorter durations are being planned with an effort to confine all work to times outside of the work day.  Most days, the TTS staff involved will be working from 6AM to 8AM in order to accomplish the work without impacting services that affect our community.  For more information about the project, including a calendar of scheduled work, visit http://go.tufts.edu/tabdc or sign up for our subscription mailing list: datacenter-updates@elist.tufts.edu, which provides ongoing, detailed information about the project.

TTS sincerely appreciates the colleagues and customers who have helped us to virtualize and retire servers over the past 18 months in preparation for the renovation.  The result of the project will be a primary Data Center that is more resilient, more energy efficient and sized to support projected growth over the next twenty years.

Should you have any questions that are not answered by the webpage, please contact Theresa Regan or Kyle Pope for more information.

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