In the midst of another insanely hot and humid day yesterday, the Directors group and I were able to take a tour of the newly upgraded University Computer Center. In my May blog I shared all of the technical specifications and benefits associated with this monumental project, but until yesterday, I hadn’t been able to see how impressive the finished product really is. In addition to the fact that, as Sean O’Keefe stated in an email to the directors, “this data center is now redundant, reliable and resilient and is finally properly configured to stay up and running 24/7/365,” the newly refurbished UCC simply looks and feels great. From the paint colors and VCU logos to expertly managed cabling and rack placement, it is very clear that a lot of thought and attention to detail went into every facet of this project. As I walked through there, I knew that although it was extremely hot and humid outside and that some thunderstorms were going to be moving through overnight, VCU’s enterprise systems, network infrastructure, and research assets would be safe and sound. The pride of the staff working down there was palpable, and I know all of our directors left feeling proud to be part of an organization that has built and is operating such a truly excellent facility. I know that the UCC staff would be delighted to provide a tour to interested teams, so I urge you to arrange a visit if you can and I know some of our directors and managers will be making such arrangements for their teams.
New! Classroom Support Blog
Classroom Support has a new blog that will be used to deliver news about technology upgrades and changes in centrally supported classrooms. During the Summer months when Media Support Services is performing A/V equipment upgrades and maintenance, and Labs & Classrooms Computing is replacing or re-imaging computers, the blog will be updated with useful information about new technologies being implemented, updates to software, and information regarding changes to podium configurations. The blog will also be an avenue for communication to the university regarding changes during the semester so faculty, staff, and students are made aware of software updates and other changes that may impact them. Visit the new Classroom Support blog at: https://wp.vcu.edu/classroomsupport/.
For more information about the rooms that TS Academic Technologies supports and how to contact us, please visit our updated website at: http://go.vcu.edu/classroom-support.
Kaltura Training Opportunities are coming in September
Have you tried Kaltura yet? Kaltura is VCU’s cloud-based video management system that facilitates the conversion and distribution of audio and video formats online. It combines intuitive methods for recording, publishing and interactive viewing on any device in or outside of the classroom. Join us and learn more about this great resource!
Training Opportunities are coming in September. These are all face-to-face and led by a Kaltura Solutions Engineer. The TS Training website (http://training.vcu.edu/) will soon be available for registration. More information can be found at http://www.ts.vcu.edu/askit/teaching-and-learning/kaltura/ and http://knowledge.kaltura.com/
Here’s to a great rest of the summer, and I look forward to all of the activities associated with Welcome Week and so many new students arriving.