Getting Back to Business in Higher Education
Time 10/09/07 03:00PM-04:00PM
Presenters: Paul Schopis, Associate Director, OSCnet and Jim Gerrity, Director, Enterprise Vertical Markets Development, ADVA Optical Networking
Along the continuum of storage area networking capabilities, higher education is forging its own category of solutions for its unique requirements. Colleges and universities are implementing "business resumption" strategies that cost-effectively support a wide variety of recovery time and recovery point objectives (RTOs and RPOs).
The need was re-emphasized as colleges and universities in the southeastern United States rallied back to operation after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Higher-education institutions required storage capabilities to not only allow them to protect applications and data associated with collaborative research efforts with other schools, but also quickly resume business-side services such as managing payroll.
How are Information Technology (IT) departments at colleges and universities determining the appropriate level of protection to give to particular applications and cost-effectively building business-resumption solutions?
As Hurricane Katrina and other recent events have shown, the time to prepare a college or university for an emergency is now, and many higher-education institutions can leverage existing investments in WDM-enhanced optical networks as the foundation of their business-resumption solutions. The simple scalability and protocol-agnostic flexibility allow CIOs to cost-effectively, strategically align storage capabilities with the RTO and RPO requirements of the school's network services.
Speaker James Gerrity ADVA Optical Networking
Speaker Paul Schopis OARnet
Secondary tracks System and Network Security for Advanced Networks