By modernizing servers, storage, networking, and the university data center, the Cloud
Transformation Program will seamlessly upgrade USC's IT infrastructure into something
new: a capable, reliable, and accessible service that supports the goals of the university.
The current state of the IT infrastructure on the Columbia campus is less than ideal:
chronic underfunding has resulted in servers and data storage technology that are
nine years past their expiration dates on average, a data center that is unable to
adequately support the university’s research and administrative needs, and an outage-prone
network that can’t meet students’ or employees’ basic requirements for wireless internet
connectivity. Separately, these represent opportunities for our individual capabilities
to improve; combined, they present us with a path toward realizing the promises of research
computing and anytime, anywhere teaching and learning.
We can divide the scope of the changes happening as part of the Cloud Transformation
Program into three sections: servers and storage, data center, and network infrastructure. These
three sections include changes that would be beneficial to USC individually, but their
true benefit will be experienced in combination:
Servers and Storage
The Cloud Transformation Project is currently underway with the on-going migration
to our local Hybrid Cloud Provider and transitions to our Public Cloud vendors. Please
check for news and updates as they are posted.
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