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The Blade Server decision at the University of Florida. September 19, 2005 FAEDS 2005 Conference Palm Harbor, Florida. Overview. Introduce UF and our ERP environment Bridges perspective Our Vision Our Requirements Our Decision. University of Florida Profile.

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the blade server decision at the university of florida

The Blade Server decision at the University of Florida

September 19, 2005

FAEDS 2005 Conference

Palm Harbor, Florida

  • Introduce UF and our ERP environment
  • Bridges perspective
  • Our Vision
  • Our Requirements
  • Our Decision
university of florida profile
University of Florida Profile
  • Largest and oldest university in Florida
  • 4th largest enrollment on a single campus 49,000 students in Gainesville
  • 15,000 distance, continuing, and executive students
university of florida profile4
University of Florida Profile
  • $2.0 Billion annual budget
  • $475 million in research -- growing at 9% per year
  • Health Sciences – 55% of research
  • Neuroscience, Genetics, Cancer
university of florida profile5
University of Florida Profile
  • 140 academic depts
  • Agric extension in 67 counties
  • Law, Medicine, Eng, Business
  • #4 in Merit Scholars
it at the university of florida
IT at the University of Florida
  • 500 IT professionals across campus and the state
  • Very decentralized (very!)
  • Over 300 email servers
  • 30,000 devices on the open network
  • Directory Project 2002-2003
  • PeopleSoft implementation 2002-2005
  • Cognos implementation 2002-2005
uf bridges
UF “Bridges”

A new central IT office created to implement and operate PeopleSoft and other enterprise applications

  • UF employees – functional and technical
  • New hires w/ PeopleSoft experience
  • Consultants with PeopleSoft Experience
  • Advisory User Councils
erp implementation
ERP Implementation
  • Vendor Selection July 2002
  • Contract with PeopleSoft Sept 2002
  • Portal in production March 2003 w/ 100,000 users
  • Data warehouse and Cognos in production August 2003
  • Finance and HR simultaneous launch of 18 modules, July 2004
  • $25 million. On time. On budget.
erp infrastructure
ERP Infrastructure
  • Five physical environments – lab, alpha, beta, training and production
  • PIA on AIX/DB2 – 42 production p-series processors
  • Reporting on W2K3 – 44 production Intel processors
  • Dual Cisco 6509 border switches
  • 22 TB storage, Shark, NetApp, SAN, NAS
  • SiteScope monitoring, Tivoli backup, AppWorx job scheduling
  • “GatorLink” single username/password for enterprise systems
our vision
Our Vision
  • Simplified Server deployment
  • Simplify LAN Management
  • On Board SAN Switch
  • Commoditization of Servers
  • Simplified Physical Deployment
  • Move toward next generation remote management capabilities
our requirements
Our Requirements
  • Established Company
  • Enterprise Level Support
  • Mature Product
  • Highest Density Possible
our decision
Our Decision
  • Looked at Dell, HP, and IBM
  • Tried HP, and IBM
  • Selected IBM

Mark Palmer

Computer Applications Coordinator

UF Bridges

University of FloridaE-mail:

  • Introduce Office of the Provost
  • Environment Profile
  • Services Provided
  • Our Vision
university of florida office of the provost profile
University of FloridaOffice of the Provost Profile
  • Oversees the Academic Affairs aspect of the University covering all Colleges
  • Manages Academic departments such as Admissions, Registrar, and Records Management
office of the provost it profile
Office of the Provost IT Profile
  • Supports 20 separate departments with individual needs
  • 35 servers 1u, 2u, 5u, Blade Center and SAN
  • Microsoft-only environment
  • 1100 end users in 10 buildings across campus
it in the office of the provost
IT in the Office of the Provost
  • 4 Full time support staff providing the following:
    • Microsoft 2003 AD Native mode, DNS, DHCP
    • MS Exchange 2003
    • MS File Services
    • MS SMS 2003
    • Blackberry Enterprise Server, Goodlink, Barracuda SPAM Firewall
    • MS Web Hosting (IIS6)
    • Network Associates ePolicy
    • MS SUS
    • MS Live Communication Server
    • MS Sharepoint Portal
    • MS Rights Management Server
our vision19
Our Vision
  • Centralized Server containment
    • Implementation of Virtual Servers
  • Centralized Storage
  • Centralized Backup procedures
    • Fibre connection to IBM 4560-SLX library
  • Centralized Server Management
    • IBM Director
  • Offering Support and Services to departments that fall under the Provost Office with IT budgetary restraints
ibm on the hotplate
Our Air-con units froze up over the summer. When we arrived the server room temp was above 120F. Most of our servers had shut off and several APC 1400’s shut down that were connected to the Cisco switches.

Exchange and file servers are running on the Blade/SAN which ramped up the exhaust fans and somehow kept these system running with no ill effects

I know these key systems would have died had they been on any other servers. The most visible end user systems remained active thanks to the efficient cooling on the blades

IBM on the hotplate
bright future
Bright Future
  • The current setup is not optimal but is still a very solid part of our environment
  • I’m very excited to reconstruct my foundation and move forward with the IBM Blade/SAN system I have. I know it’s capable of much more than the simple things its been doing and look forward to expanding my horizon.

Jason Heeter

Network Coordinator

Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President

University of Florida