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Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Charles Chambers Information Technology 2001 Time Line Saturday flooding begins (1 A.M.) – IT team on campus Additional IT staff arrive – pumping and power are critical Institutional priorities are focused – Non-IT Sunday

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Tropical Storm AllisonRecovery

Charles Chambers

Information Technology

2001


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Time Line

  • Saturday

    • flooding begins (1 A.M.) – IT team on campus

    • Additional IT staff arrive – pumping and power are critical

    • Institutional priorities are focused – Non-IT

  • Sunday

    • Pumping of network node facilities begin

    • Power restored to UHS data center

    • Internet connection reestablished

    • 713-743-1000 call center established

    • Systems and servers returned to service


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Time Line

  • Monday, June 11th

    • WAN services restored except UHV

    • IP telephones activated in critical areas

    • Relocated some servers to Data Center

  • Tuesday, June 12th

    • Internet connectivity unstable due to ISP

    • Servers in Data Center grow by 20

    • UHV network connection restored

    • Desktop assessment team inventories campus

    • Network teams inspect buildings for damage


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Time Line

  • Wednesday, June 13th

    • UH-CVN services restored, classes held.

    • Payroll processed

    • 50% of phone system returned to service

  • Thursday, June 14th

    • Data backbone restored

    • Data connectivity to opened buildings

    • Order Equipment for Storm Solutions for Hofheinz Pavillion


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Time Line

  • Friday, June 15th

    • Majority of phone system restored

  • Saturday, June 16th

    • Equipment for Hofheinz Pavillion arrives, installed


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Time Line

  • Sunday, June 17th

    • Hofheinz Pavillion available

      • 270 IP telephones

      • 314 data ports

      • IT support booth created

  • Monday, June 18th

    • University Re-Opens

    • First occupants moves into Hofheinz Pavillion


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Time Line

  • Tuesday

    • Voice Mail system restored

    • Touch Tone Registration restored

    • Remainder of phone system restored

  • Wednesday

    • Majority of SWB trunking problems corrected


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Time Line

  • Thursday

  • Friday

    • Reconfiguration of Hofheinz Pavillion network


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Technology Priorities

Infrastructure

  • Phone System

  • Internet Connectivity

  • Inter-campus Network

  • Campus Data Network

  • Interactive Video Network

  • Data Center Operation


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Technology Priorities

Services

  • E-mail

  • Web Site

  • WebCT

  • IVR for Registration/Records

  • Payroll

  • Financial Application


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Technology Priorities

Desktop Computers

  • Inventory

  • Repair

  • Replacement Computers

  • Data restores


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Technology Priorities

Temporary Space - Holfheinz

  • Used basketball pavilion

  • Boxes became offices

  • Basketball floor

    • became labs and cubicles


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Holfheinz Pavillion

From Basketball to Academics

  • 27 boxes

  • Cisco IP telephony – 270 phones

  • Switched data network

    • 270 ports in offices

    • 144 ports on basketball court

    • Over 100,000 feet of copper and fiber

  • IT support booth

    • Voice and data network support

    • Desktop computer support


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Recovery Resources

  • Over xxx person hours (UH Staff)

  • Loss and Business Resumption

    • Costs estimated in millions

  • Over 250 IT related staff involved


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Lessons Learned

  • Move IT facilities above ground

  • Move generators above ground

  • Flood doors on underground entrances

  • Established plans helped . . .

    • The right people at the right places, making the right decisions was the key.

  • Mobilize support efforts early

    • Food

    • Sleeping Quarters


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Heroic Efforts

  • Pumps/Pumping

  • Saving the Animals

  • Getting Primary DID in service

  • Internet Connectivity

  • Holfheinz Pavillion


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How the Speedy Recovery

  • Temporary fixes

  • Great minds and enormous goals

  • Dedicated staff

  • Very long hours

  • Multiple plans

  • Quick vendor response

  • Elimination of bureaucracy

  • Communication of status and goals

  • Central coordination point


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Starting Recovery

  • Pumping and Power

  • Starting pumping PGH on Saturday

  • Moved pumps to animal lab (SR2)

  • Sunday power restored to Computing Center

  • Internet Connection

    • Reconfigured to computing center

    • Web and e-mail up first


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Recovery Partners

  • Herculean efforts by all!

    • Pumping water

    • Removing damaged equipment

    • Designing and installing new systems

    • Power restoration

  • UH Support

    • College volunteers

    • Facilities

  • Vendor response was great!

    • Staff on site (over 100)

    • Rapid deployment of equipment


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Initial Impact

  • Primary Technology Areas Affected

    • UHS Data Center

    • Network Node in PGH

    • Network Node in UCU

    • Headend Facility in Moody


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UHS Data Center

  • Lost power

  • No flooding or other damage


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Network Node (PGH)

  • Services lost

    • Voice, data, video for UH

    • Internet and interactive video for all UHS

  • Damage

    • Water 18 inches above raised floor

    • Power systems total loss


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Network Node (PGH)

Telephone and Voice Mail Systems


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Network Node (UCU)

  • Services lost

    • Voice network for 1/3 of campus

    • Trunk lines from SWB

    • High capacity circuits from SWB

  • Damage

    • Telephone Switch corroded

    • Wire center destroyed

      • 3600 stations


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Network Node (UCU)

Telephone system


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Network Node (UCU)

SWB

Interface


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Network Node (UCU)

Wire Center Frame


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Headend Facility (Moody)

  • Services Lost

    • CATV Network


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Hofheinz Pavillion

Home of “Phi Slamma Jama”


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Hofheinz Pavillion

Wiring was pretty open…


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An wide shot view of the inner-city of Houston, Texas


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Flood waters invade the City with no Mercy


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Freeway Entrance ramp into downtown from the North


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Freeway Exit ramp


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A view of Allen-Parkway


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Raging waters in the Tunnel System Downtown


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Another view of the Tunnel System Downtown


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And...Another view of the Tunnel System Downtown


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Canoeing down HWY 59 near the Compaq Center


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A view of 1 of 3 of the Suspension Bridges that crosses over HWY 59 near the Compaq Center


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A view of the Houston’s Channel 11 - KHOU - Television Studio


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A view of Interstate Highway I-10


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Jet Sking in the flood waters on Interstate Highway I-10


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A view of a 3-way Intersection located at Allen Parkway and Sanford Street


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Here’s Who did it!

CTS “Crew” at Storm Allison Luncheon


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