Marcomm took an important step last week. We entered into a partnership with CIS that will move all of our production servers off of our individually hosted virtual and physical machines and onto the cloud. This CIS managed resource pool will allow us to be more flexible in configuring our server setups, but more importantly will add an extra element of redundancy and reliability.
Six years ago I came to Marcomm with a mission to modernize our web services and make them competitive with our peer institutions. We knew this was going to be a long process and developed a plan that would systematically improve our services over the course of several development cycles. This process included not only our web sites and applications but also the hardware architecture hosting them. We moved from having almost nothing to using individual physical servers, and then to a mixture of self-hosted and CIS-managed virtual machines. We see this move as the final stage of the upgrade cycles. We still have to move our services onto the new cloud resources, and we will still have a few tweaks even after that, but this move finally gives us a modern platform upon which to build our public facing web services. As we move into what I hope will be the corresponding upgrade of our web sites, I am comforted by knowing that we now have a backend environment that can support our vision.
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