Communications and IT Facilities consists of all on-premise enterprise data center and communications facilities engineering, as well as all enterprise data networking, communications, and related supporting technologies.
Whether for research, procurement of goods and services, or any number of other mission-critical and time-sensitive transactions, the Stanford community relies on the foundation and backbone that UIT provides with its Communications and IT Facilities. We manage Stanford’s network (SUNet) and communications infrastructure and campus data center facilities. Our primary objective is to provide a reliable infrastructure that is built with state-of-the-art technologies to meet the current and anticipate future demands of the university mission.
The Communication Services department runs the Stanford Network (SUNet), as well as Stanford Voice Collaboration Infrastructure and Services. We provide consistent and seamless voice collaboration services to thousands of users who study and work at Stanford’s main campus and over one hundred sites across the Bay Area, greater California, and scattered locations throughout the United States and foreign countries. As with our network, our voice collaboration services are architected to ensure reliability, scalability, and cost effectiveness, as well as these additional design principles.
Communication Services continues to include workgroups focused on Network Backbone and Network Security, LAN Engineering, Facilities Operations, Automation and Service Reliability, and Business Operations and Service Delivery (which was previously named “Service, Strategy, and Delivery”). Workgroups supporting mobile and paging services have moved into Client Services, to become part of the new End User Experience (EUX) group.
The IT Facilities department manages three primary administrative data centers: Forsythe Hall, the Northwest Data Center and Communications Hub (NDCCH), and the Livermore Auxiliary Data Center (ADC). These data centers, plus the Electronic Communication Hubs (ECHs) around campus, provide the foundation for computing and networking at Stanford. Our attention to detail, discipline in installation/changes, and focus on maintenance activities ensure this foundation is solid, stable, and reliable.
The IT Facilities department is composed of two teams: Hosting Services and Technical Facilities.
Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BC/DR)
BC/DR activities are coordinated from within the Communications and IT Facilities department. BC/DR activities accomplished by groups across UIT. We hold annual disaster recovery (DR) exercises for core ERP applications. In 2015, we completed construction of the NDCCH and have since migrated mission-critical production systems (Oracle Financials, PeopleSoft, Research Administration) to this hardened “class 1” facility.
We also do annual SCERT and building evacuation drills to address life safety of UIT staff and participated in the recent Business Affairs (BA) Workforce Assessment survey, which looked at how BA/UIT can be better prepared to respond and continue to work during a regional emergency scenario.