Cyber Infrastructure Master Plan IT Strategic Initiative

Overview

The development of a Cyber Infrastructure Master Plan provides a foundation and a methodology for routinely evaluating existing systems or services for cost comparisons and alignment with changing needs and advances in technology.  The plan will take into account constraints and risk mitigation strategies as it develops a roadmap for technology infrastructure, starting with compute resources, networking, storage and security as cornerstones. 

The Master Plan will be forward looking; assessing new technologies for “fit” with the strategic goals of the University. The Plan will serve as a “living document” that is owned by the CIO, who is ultimately responsible for the Plan.

Progress

May 25, 2018, from the Interim Report

A core team gathered feedback via a dozen focus groups that included more than 80 stakeholders spanning a number of functional areas including research, financial services, human resources, student services, and compliance activities.  The largest theme emerging from these groups was a desire by stakeholders for IT to “keep up” with technology. While many comments were positive, recurring areas of concern were around the lack of secure storage for researchers and saturation of wireless in areas with a high number of simultaneous users (e.g., classrooms).

The majority of this initiative meshes well with the creation of a service catalog in terms of inventorying, identifying and describing infrastructure services.  Once infrastructure services are identified and cataloged, the next step will be to flesh out visions of future state for relevant services.

In the meantime, strategic decisions and directions related to infrastructure include:

  • Identified funding and created a plan to provide instructional wireless in all 110 classrooms by the end of 2018.
  • Created a research storage solution managed by OIT that provides 1 TB of storage per project or grant.  Work is underway to allow for the purchase of space above the baseline allocation.
  • Completed a feasibility study to construct a new data center to replace the original campus data center, which is no longer adequate in terms of space, power, and cooling.  Results of that study led to a decision to pursue using an off-campus shared data center (known as colocation) as opposed to constructing a new data center. A target date of December 2019 has been set to vacate the existing campus data center known as DC1.
  • Decided to move toward hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) for appropriate workloads.  ScaleIO’s HCI offering will be utilized as the predominant platform in the colocation space.
  • Created initial Secure University Research Environment (SURE) in support of NIST 800-171 compliance that leverages Amazon Web Services (AWS) to the extent practical. Further development of a longer-term solution is underway.
  • Developed a new network architecture to provide high-speed (10 Gbps) networking to the desktop to support computationally intensive research needs.
  • Conducted beacon focus groups with campus partners to stay abreast, and hopefully ahead, of beacon technology as it matures.

 

Feb. 7, 2017

Current progress has been slowed on this project, to focus energies more on the Service Catalog/Portfolio initiative.

During the 2015-16 year, a team composed of Greg Sparks, Mladen Vouk, Chris Eichman, Donna Petherbridge and Eric Sills met and brainstormed processes for creation of the master plan. The team worked with the OIT Interns to carry out focus groups with key campus stakeholders to gather information and perform a gap analysis of cyberinfrastructure. That information is being processed and used to develop a framework.