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ITS targets summer projects

ITS UpdateInformation Technology Services (ITS) continues to work on targeted projects identified in the IT Strategic Plan, specifically related to the rebuild of a downsized data center, migration of services to the cloud, and the implementation of a new CRM (constituent relationship management) system. This work, in addition to University office relocations and scheduled updates of university classrooms and computing labs, requires that daily operations, work orders, enhancement requests, and project work are being evaluated to focus resources in these areas.

For the next 10-12 weeks, K-Staters may experience increased response times and project delays as efforts are directed toward being prepared to support the campus community for the beginning of Fall semester.

Throughout the summer, ITS will provide project status updates for units that have requested projects from ITS. For the latest status updates, go to k-state.edu/it-strategic-planning.

Saturday power outage impacted many IT systems

At noon Saturday, Dec. 12, the university experienced a widespread power outage that impacted many of its information technology systems, including K-State Online, Webmail, iSIS, printing, etc. Information Technology Services staff worked through the day to restore systems, which returned to service about 3 p.m. However, at 11:30 p.m. some IT systems experienced a separate-but-related power outage. These systems were restored at 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Of note:

  • The generator near Hale Library will continue to run until a switching mechanism is repaired. This is the source of the noise outside of Hale.
  • Faculty who posted grades on Saturday are encouraged to check their iSIS grade roster to verify their grades were successfully transmitted from K-State Online and to confirm grades in iSIS.

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K-State bids farewell to central IBM computer mainframe

K-State’s 11-year-old mainframe now sits in the basement hallway of Hale Library, with thoughts of better days as it awaits removal to the melting pot. It was dismantled and removed from the K-State Data Center over a two-day period, July 1-2, by Computing and Telecommunications Services staff. So ends 42 years of IBM mainframes at K-State.

A glimpse of K-State's IBM mainframe as it leaves K-State
A window glimpse of K-State's central IBM mainframe sitting in Hale Library's basement hall, awaiting removal from the campus

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Return mainframe tapes by July 7 to CTS Operations

On June 30, Kansas State University will soon meet its long-term goal of decommissioning the mainframe. There are campus users still in possession of mainframe tapes. Please return all tapes by Tuesday, July 7, to the dispatcher’s window at CTS Operations, Hale 14. The university will have the tapes shredded by the state-approved vendor. Tapes returned after the deadline will not be accepted.

Individuals who choose to keep tapes will be responsible for their disposal in accordance with the university’s media sanitization policy.

Please direct all questions or concerns to Michael Brown (mibr@k-state.edu, 785-532-7847).