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NOTE: As of July 25, 2014, all IT news is available on the Technology@Berkeley website. Articles on this site will be migrated to the new site in the coming months and this site will be archived.

Start of semester student systems freeze, August 21- September 4

The start of the semester is a peak period of activity that results in a significantly increased load on our infrastructure and IT systems. To minimize potential disruptions at the start of the fall 2014 semester, campus IT is implementing its customary two-week freeze on changes impacting student systems. Due to the high volume of activity, customers may notice delays when provisioning IST services unrelated to student systems during the freeze period. August 1, 2014.

Changes to CSS-IT phone tree

Based on customer feedback, Campus Shared Services will be streamlining the ACD Phone Tree for CSS-IT effective August 1, 2014. Consolidating many of the submenus currently within Desktop Support, along with reducing top-level options to three will simplify the selection process for customers. July 22, 2014.

Final Reminder: Registration for UCCSC 2014 Ends Friday, July 25, 2014

Registration for UCCSC 2014 at UCSF is still open and there are just 67 tickets left! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to collaborate and share your knowledge with your UC colleagues! Registration will officially close on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). July 22, 2014.

Rate reduction for performance tier storage

IST is reducing the rate for Performance tier Storage by 33% effective July 1, 2014. Customers will see the savings reflected in their August billing statements. Acquiring more flash storage to vastly improve performance, respond to customers wanting faster and less expensive storage,  and satisfy demanding applications moves IST closer to an overall plan of creating an all flash performance tier and eventually an all flash storage environment.

July 2, 2014.

UC Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) celebrates a new chapter in collaboration

Campus leaders joined faculty and staff to officially launch the Berkeley Research Computing Program (BRC) at an event on May 22, 2014, in Banatao Auditorium at Sutardja Dai Hall. The BRC Program aims to elevate UC Berkeley’s institutional support for computational research, reflecting a growing reliance on computation across a wide spectrum of research disciplines. Faculty participants in the launch described benefits to research in their disciplines, from identification of Earth-like planets to tailoring treatment for cancer, to text analysis across large corpora of historical newspaper reports. July 2, 2014.

Reminder: Register for UCCSC 2014!

Registration for UCCSC 2014 at UCSF is still open and there just 131 tickets left! Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to collaborate and share your knowledge with other UC campus colleagues! Registration will officially close on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. (PST). June 30, 2014.

Rate change for Premise Wiring service

Effective July 1, 2014, there will be a 17 percent increase in the per-cable recharge rates and a 22 percent increase in the hourly recharge rates for premise wiring. The Premise Wiring service consists of the installation of cable to support voice and data connections. June 5, 2014.

VMware Academic Program now available to faculty, staff, and students

IST has recently procured a campus license for the VMware Academic Program (VMAP). With this, faculty, staff, and students now have access to many VMware products for non-production and research use, at no extra charge. These include: VMware Workstation, Fusion, vCenter, vCloud Suite, vSphere, and more. The licenses may be used for instruction and non-commercial research, including labs. June 5, 2014.

IST consolidates web hosting offerings

In an ongoing effort to reduce administrative cost and complexity for campus departments, IST is updating, simplifying, and blending the recharge rates for web hosting offerings. We were able to reduce rates in some areas; however, rates have increased in others. These new rates are effective July 1, 2014. Customers will see the changes reflected in their August billing statements. June 2, 2014.

UCCSC 2014 Registration Opens Today

Registration for UCCSC 2014 at UCSF opens today, Monday, June 2, 2014. The UCCSC 2014 presentation proposal deadline will also close today at 5:00 p.m. PST.  June 2, 2014.

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