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Back on Track for Fall

September 2nd, 2009 by Erick Beck

After being on vacation for what felt like an eternity, all of us are now back in the office and ready to move forward with an exciting lineup for the fall semester.  (As an aside, while I say all of us, in truth Ben Floyd has left the group for greener pastures. We are pleased to have Jeff Carouth as our new programmer and are sure he will do great things here.  I’ll leave his introduction to him in a followup post.)

The last month saw us have to shift priorities a bit to focus on the presidential search, but that should be behind us now and we can get back to our original focus.  Our immediate project is the university News & Information suite of sites.  This will include several sites including TAMU News, Aggie Clips (on-campus access only,) Experts List, news archives, and others.

The developers in Lincoln have been adding a lot of great features to the calendar code, so we will be making an upgrade of that at some point as well.   As Michael mentioned the other day, the calendar has become quite popular on campus and we hope to add features that will make it even more useful to our campus users.

At the same time as all of this, we are also going to be implementing some hardware changes.  We will be moving away from 1-off rack servers for each service and concentrating things on a few larger machines running the services in virtualized environments.  There will be some growing pains as we move the services to these new machines, but we hope in the end to provide a more stable and easier maintained server setup.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 Future Projects
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