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COSAM’s Office of Information Technology Implementing Two New Services

Published: 05/21/2019

By: Maria Gebhardt

COSAM’s Office of Information Technology is working on two new projects to improve performance and infrastructure for the entire college.  First, they are creating a new Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution this summer in conjunction with Office of Information Technology (OIT). Faculty will find an easy-to-use Windows 10 interface with pre-loaded software by major to engage their students. 

“This transition allows COSAM to be more technologically secure by retiring the Windows 7 operating system and reduces the need for custom hardware in each classroom,” explained COSAM IT Director Joshua Jones.

Auburn University’s OIT is managing the new hardware, which is easily accessible through the https://horizon.auburn.edu address. 

The COSAM IT office is also working on a major research storage transition project.  Moving away from Spirit, the IT staff are working to migrate data this summer to a new platform, COSAM Research Storage (CRS).

“This next-generation research storage platform will allow faculty to store large quantities of research data on-campus and will be automatically replicated to an off-site data center,” Jones added. “It is a safer, more reliable storage configuration.”

The current research system, Spirit, will be retired after migration to the new system.

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