20 years of networked file servers

Twenty years ago next month, the University purchased its first central fileserver. Neal Curran from IT Services had attended Auspex’s UK Launch Event in London in early 1992 and had been very impressed with the capabilities of their network attached storage (NAS) fileserver. He then managed to persuade our then Director of IT Services, Annette Haworth, that this was the way of the future for central storage and we subsequently ordered an Auspex NS5000 with ten 1GB disks. Continue reading

View from the Director’s chair – one month on

I’ve just completed my first month as incoming Director of IT Services, I’ve greatly enjoyed finding out as much as possible about the University and the way in which the IT Service is viewed by our senior customers and colleagues.  As well as the many visits I’ve made during the past few weeks, my diary has been filling up fast with committees, steering groups, working groups, feasibility groups, communities of practice, etc.……!  I’m grateful to all those who have patiently answered my many questions and helped me find my feet here including, of course, our own ITS managers and teams. Continue reading

IT Services’ charges for Discretionary Services in 2012-13

It was agreed at the meeting of the Advisory Group for IT Services of 21 October 2010 (and later endorsed by Information Strategy Committee) that increases to ITS’ charges for discretionary services would be applied bi-annually and that proposals for the next increase would be submitted to the Advisory Group for consideration and recommendation onward in autumn 2011.

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