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UITS news for January 29, 2020

Curious about cybersecurity trends?

Internationally recognized security expert to speak at IMU tomorrow, January 30.

Computer security is no longer just about protecting data; life and property are at stake as well. Bruce Schneier, a fellow and lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School and a prominent author, will speak about the future of computer security as a regulation-free internet becomes a thing of the past. His talk is sponsored by the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research (CACR) Speaker Series and the Ostrom Workshop.

Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020
Time: 1-2:30pm
Location: Whittenberger Auditorium, Indiana Memorial Union, Bloomington campus

This talk will be streamed at the following locations:
Live stream:

CACR Speaker Series details

Calling all IU women in IT

IU campuses to host Women in IT virtual conference.

Make plans to attend the second annual Big Ten Academic Alliance Women in IT Virtual Conference, “Leadership in a Culture of Constant Change.” Last year’s conference drew more than 600 attendees.

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Time: 1-4pm ET, noon-3pm CT
Location: IU Women in Technology and the IT Leadership Community will host watch parties on each IU campus as listed.

IU Bloomington: CIB Wrubel Commons
IUPUC: LC 2205
IUE: Springwood Hall (RW) 202C
IUS: Knobview 014-E
IUN: Hawthorn Hall 105
IUK: Havens Room in the Main Building

All are welcome to attend the free conference.


Informatics students widen perspectives with trip to India

Luddy students travel to Bangalore over winter break.

A group of students from the Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering spent part of their winter break outside the classroom, but they never stopped learning.

During the first half of the 12-day trip, students took bus tours and explored cultural locations, such as temples. On the back end of the trip, students toured the offices of Infosys, a global leader in digital services and consulting, and visited local universities, including the Indian Institute of Information Technologies.

For most of the students, it was their first opportunity to travel to another country.

Find out more about the trip

Prepare for changes to Red Hat licensing

Red Hat users must migrate to a new platform or purchase licenses.

Due to rising costs and declining usage, UITS will be phasing out its Red Hat enterprise licensing agreement over a three-year period. Red Hat users will have two years to migrate from Red Hat to an alternate platform. After that, Red Hat users will need appropriate funding to cover partial licensing costs during 2022 and full licensing costs beyond that.

IT Community Partnerships will contact Red Hat users and host a meeting to discuss the changes during the first quarter of 2020. 

Contact IT Community Partnerships with questions or concerns

When tech fails: Stretchy tech to the rescue!

A little bit of elasticity is a good thing.

Tech inevitably fails. It’s an inherent feature of a technology-dependent world. At some point, something you need isn’t going to work right, and it’s usually at a really inopportune time. 

At UITS, we know this, and we plan for it. For starters, we have not one, but two, data centers (one in Bloomington and one at IUPUI), so if one experiences problems, the other one picks up the slack.

We also use “stretched clusters” to improve our disaster preparedness measures. These are clusters with host servers in different locations, so if one server fails, the virtual machines it hosts automatically restart on another server, either in the same location or at a secondary location, reducing downtime. This means key features you use often, like email, or even the ability to log into IU systems, will always come back quickly if they fail. 

Learn more about stretched clusters

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