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Data Systems and Operations

Data Systems and Operations

Data Systems and Operations provides server, network and systems administration for VetMed systems. Managed services include: User accounts and mailboxes, Virtual Machine Cloud Services, Web Systems, Databases, DNS, Hospital Management and Radiologic solutions (VetStar, RIS, and PACS), and Laboratory management solutions (VADDS). We mange Exchange, CVM data (H: and J: folders), Skype For Business: Presence, video and audio communication, Video and door Security systems, Networking and Firewalls. We manage 105 Windows servers and 25 Linux servers. Office located in McCoy Hall, Room 112.

  • Justin Fischer - Information Systems Manager
  • Roy Obenchain - Computer Systems Administrator
  • Tomer Shaked - Information Systems Project Leader
  • Ashok Neupane - Computer Systems Administrator

Lync is changing – Now it is Skype for Business:

WSU ITS, WSU Spokane, and CVM have implemented university wide deployment of Skype for Business (SFB). Features include web and application based video conferencing as well as support for most handheld devices and tablets. We can connect up to 250 locations simultaneously and broadcast live video to the internet. Yet to be implemented is a connection between Skype for Business and the global skype for home users. WSU is also working to integrate SFB and Polycom. ‘Dial in’ conferencing is yet to be available for VetMed.

The VetMed on-site Cloud of Servers

The VetMed cloud server farm consists of five host servers in three locations connected with a private 10Gig network. In case of an outage, this arrangement allows us to transfer the 120 VetMed servers from any one of three server rooms to the other two functioning rooms. This process takes 30 minutes to one hour for most services.

Exchange Update

Upon completion of WSU Central Exchange off-site migration (Office 365), we expect to be able to update to a newer version of Exchange – though we may migrate to an Off-Site solution with the rest of the campus. In the last year, we have expanded Exchange storage to 15 GB for most users while 20 users have unlimited storage. You can schedule through Outlook calendaring: 60 pieces of equipment, 35 rooms, and 5 shared mailboxes. For some VetMed rooms the room calendar is displayed live by the door. There are 580 Distribution lists.

Web based system monitoring

You can view the status of most VetMed systems at http://up.vetmed.wsu.edu/ not very fancy but is very useful for tracking both planned and un-planned outages.

Operational Activities:

  • Every week 100 TB of data is backed up to disk, and 100 TB is replicated to redundant live locations.
  • Additionally 180 TB is backed up to tape for long-term storage. That is the equivalent of over a quarter million CDs – per month.
  • Total storage for VetMed is about 200 TB. Most of our data and applications exist in multiple physical locations.
  • We manage physical and virtual servers: about 100 Windows servers and 35 Linux, as well as VetMed owned network hardware.

Managed services include: User accounts and mailboxes, Virtual Machine Cloud Services, Web Systems, Databases, DNS, Hospital Management and Radiologic solutions (VetStar, RIS, and PACS), and Laboratory management solutions (VADDS), networking and firewalls, Exchange, CVM data (H: and J: folders), Skype For Business (Presence, video, and audio communication) as well as video and door security systems.