Glynis Cowell, Teaching Professor in Romance Studies, works with students using whiteboard walls in flexible classroom Dey 205. Photo: Lars Sahl

ITS Teaching & Learning aids classrooms modernization

ITS Teaching & Learning will play a key role in the multi-year classrooms modernization plan that the University recently announced. The Flexible Learning Spaces Initiative will modernize as many as 50 general-purpose classrooms, including several lecture halls, over the next five years. The majority of the changes to small and … Continued





Cloud strategies: Sharing ideas across the Triangle

Universities meet with Internet2 on cloud

In February, ITS Communication Technologies brought together IT pros from campus, Triangle-area universities and elsewhere to talk to Internet2 about the computer networking consortium’s cloud strategy, offerings and plans. Mark Johnson, Interim Assistant Vice Chancellor for CommTech, organized the four-hour meeting held on February 12 at the Renaissance Computing Institute … Continued





Matthew Mauzy leads the training exercise

Training exercise tests service recovery plan

ITS Infrastructure & Operations completed its first tabletop exercise to test the efficacy of the ConnectCarolina Service Recovery Plan on February 22. This was the imaginary scenario: the ITS Manning data center suffered a failure and was inoperable for an extended time. A decision must be made whether a disaster … Continued





Tape robot retired: Superior backup system launches

ITS retires tape robot Roberta

ITS has retired its tape robot, affectionately known as Roberta, after a dozen years of it storing, reading from, retrieving and backing up information for UNC-Chapel Hill. Roberta was an IBM Tape Library that ITS Infrastructure & Operations purchased in 2006. Roberta used its two 10-foot-long arms to pull magnetic … Continued





J. Michael Barker, Interim CIO

J. Michael Barker named Interim Chief Information Officer

On Wednesday, January 30, Provost Robert A. Blouin announced that J. Michael Barker will serve as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer, effective February 1. Mike has served in a variety of roles since joining ITS in 2009 and has developed a dynamic and nuanced … Continued




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