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Banner Hosting. UNC General Administration Information Resources Shared Services Alliance. UNC-GA ALLIANCE Banner Hosting Staff. Paul Hudy – Asst. CIO IT Infrastructure and Administration: [email protected] Derrick Murray – Asst. Director SSA : [email protected]

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banner hosting

Banner Hosting

UNC General Administration

Information Resources

Shared Services Alliance

unc ga alliance banner hosting staff
UNC-GA ALLIANCEBanner Hosting Staff

Paul Hudy – Asst. CIO IT Infrastructure and Administration: [email protected]

Derrick Murray – Asst. Director SSA: [email protected]

Terry Mayer – Lead Remote Admin: [email protected]

Chris Stefanick – Manager rDBA Services: [email protected]

Systems Administrators

Christy Pons

Obie Deyo


Mark Walters

Lizhong Liu

Haijing Ma

Lee Harrison

Tricia McKellar

Business and Technology Application Specialists

Bernard Haynes

Leon McCormick

what is banner hosting
What is Banner Hosting?

UNC Shared Services Alliance (SSA) provides remote hosted banner-based services and centralized information technology support services to participating constituent UNC campuses across the North Carolina system.

In essence, The Alliance offers a way for constituent campuses to bolster campus resources by hosting some or all aspects of their campus Banner environment and other Technology needs.


The Shared Services Alliance was formed as a result of the 1998/1999 UNC IT study.  It was officially formed in March 2000 with approval by the BOGs. Banner was acquired July 2002.

The remote DBA services were started by SSA for 7 initial campuses then expanded to 9.  Soon following, due to significant resource restraints, UNC School of the Arts called upon the SSA to provide Banner Hosting services.  In 2010 additional campuses were added to the hosted environment.  MCNC was chosen as the datacenter of choice.

From these initial efforts of the SSA, 6 schools are now fully “hosted” operating out of two data centers. Campus participation in Banner Hosting is completely voluntary. A team concept is followed and fully utilized between SSA administrators and campus Banner/IT administrators and analysts.

Expansion of SSA services is expected beginning in 2013 to include further Banner, non-banner, and DR related hosting services. Discussions of those services are currently underway.

why host
Why Host?

Utilizing a centralized “Cloud” concept UNC SSA can offer a hosted campus the following services.

  • Secure, redundant datacenters.
  • More efficient, lower cost environmentals.
  • Augment or add system’s administration staff.
  • Application and File system backup and restores.
  • System patching and updates.
  • Disaster recovery and fail over technologies.
  • ERP/Finance IT Audit Preparation
  • Meeting ITS security and control requirements.
  • Provide support to 3rd party vendor engineers.
  • Provide “hosted” failover systems for on campus servers. (Web and Active Directory)

Tripwire Enterprise (Security Baseline Monitoring)

Vfoglight (Application Reliability Monitoring)

FMS (Network Services Monitoring)

RHEL Satellite (Operating System Management)

Webmin (DNS, System Tool Management)

FootPrints (Ticketing Request System, CM tracking)

it auditing assistance
IT Auditing assistance

UNC Shared Services Alliance (SSA) provides “automated” IT reporting that can be used to enhance campus based audit control.

nc a t hosted www2
NC A&T Hosted www2

Cutover to DR is preferable to doing the more regular load balance. With LB, performing maintenance on public-facing servers, NCAT must remove each leg from the balance as they prepared to down it, rejoin to LB, move to another leg, etc. By doing the DNS switching between a WDC recovery site and our main site's VM, NCAT basically “kill two birds with one stone” by having it built into their monthly maintenance procedures a process that they are effectively testing their Disaster Recovery Plan for the main website every maintenance weekend. NCAT is currently hosting a public website (www2) failover server to precipitate 

  • Loss of campus based primary resource.
  • Eliminate site downtime due to system and application updates.
  • Ease of monthly maintenance .
  • System application functionality is managed entirely by campus staff.

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