News & Updates
Wednesday October 8, 2014
As part of on-going efforts to serve students, faculty and staff, Enterprise Systems will be working with Oracle Managed Cloud Services (OMCS) to upgrade to the next generation of computing hardware and infrastructure underlying the student information system.
The change will enable WSU to migrate from the current infrastructure, with servers and hardware that are over five years old, to a completely new environment. The new environment is part of OMCS’ plan to continue strong performance for WSU. OMCS notes that the change will also provide a more logical grouping of the storage, network, and servers, making it easier to manage, provision, monitor, and service the environment.
While the current infrastructure is performing well, Matt Skinner, associate vice president for Enterprise Systems, believes the upgrade is necessary and critical to continued advancement of enterprise systems. “While system performance has been strong, we cannot be content with the status quo. The move to new infrastructure is an important part of managing the system lifecycle.”
Work to transition to the next generation infrastructure began last spring, in order to limit downtime for end users. Testing results with our non-production environments have been successful to date.
The upgrade to the production environment (“zzusis”) will occur the weekend of October 10-12, 2014. The upgrade will begin at 7 p.m. on October 10, and will last approximately 12 hours. Access to zzusis will be disabled as the upgrade is completed. The Registrar’s Office and the Graduate School have extended the deadline to apply for an undergraduate, professional or graduate degree without incurring a late fee through Saturday, October 11 in order to help accommodate this important upgrade.
The upgrade is covered within the existing cloud services contract with no additional cost to WSU.
For additional information regarding the change, please contact Guy Westhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or Enterprise Systems at email@example.com
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