Resources

Last reviewed March 6th, 2017. 
 
We encourage UNT CAS faculty and staff to use sections/details from this page to bolster their grant proposals that require an IT component.
 
  • Help you apply for a grant and fulfill your obligation.
  • Use our lengthy IT professional experience and in-depth UNT knowledge to coordinate disparate IT solutions.
  • Identify and coordinate on- and off-campus IT vendors to fulfill your timeliness, cost, and appropriateness (laws, policies, best practices) requirements.
 
We don't care who does the work, as long as it advances CAS education and research.

Overview

UNT’s College of Arts and Sciences is close to the size and scale of a stand-alone higher education institution. The College of Arts and Sciences serves about 13,000 students from 19 diverse academic departments (humanities, performing arts, professions, and sciences). Run by roughly 1,400 faculty, staff, and student employees, CAS Information Technology Services supports, builds, and applies information technology to help faculty and staff advance Arts and Sciences’ education and research.

CAS Information Technology Services

The UNT College of Arts and Sciences Information Technology Services (CAS ITS)  includes 14 professional IT staff, 8 technically-skilled student employees, a production "machine room" area, and an off-site disaster recovery system. We provide the following services 24 hours a day, seven days a week:

Service Name

To advance education and research, CAS ITS …

Software

Acquires, deploys, and manages hundreds of software titles across thousands of UNT and non-UNT Windows, MacOS, and GNU/Linux systems.

Email

Enables secure and authoritative (UNT identity) collaboration with people inside and outside of UNT through email, instant messaging, shared resources, mailing lists, voice mail, etc.

File Storage

Provides fast, secure, collaborative, and remotely accessible (cloud) file storage.

Print

Enables users and teams to image, store, and publish documents.

Lab

Provides and maintains 47 curricular-driven environments across two colleges and 13 departments enhancing students’ learning experiences.

Computer

Deploys and maintains about 3,000 Windows, Mac OS, and GNU/Linux systems.  Enables select access from non-UNT devices, including mobile phones, tablets, notebooks, etc.

Web

Provides and maintains more than 60 department web sites.

Server

Acquires, deploys, and maintains 57 Windows and GNU/Linux servers for “common good” and special instructional and research needs.  Also manages wired and wireless network access.

Service Desk

Solves IT problems with in-depth, UNT-specific technical and resource knowledge.  Helps users in-person and on-site with the above services on workdays and Saturdays.

Special ProjectsHelps you use IT in ways that are uncommon or simply don’t exist yet.   We performs expert, provider-neutral analysis to develop solutions for one-time or non-standard IT situations.

 

We built our facilities in 1976 with the purpose of supporting computing-related research. Since then, we have maintained and expanded our facilities to support the ever-changing computing landscape. We have adapted as technologies shifted from fewer, larger, expensive, multi-task computing systems to many, smaller, less-expensive, task-focused computing systems.  Our 2013 expansion added more power sources from the city, uninterruptable battery back-up, and locally-operated back-up generator These improvements not only resulted in remarkably faster network speeds (we could transfer 281 copies of Darwin’s Origin of the Species every second), but also enhanced our air conditioning system to handle more servers. CAS ITS prepares for emergencies; our systems can be battery-supported and all data on our network is backed up on the Discovery Park Campus using a private, secure connection.


UNT is also a charter member of the Internet2 project, a venture that enjoys the support of Grant Agencies like the NSF, DOE, NIH, and NEH and others.

You can find out more about our resources in the following machine room, offsite disaster recovery, and personnel sections.

Machine Room

Purpose: Houses server systems

Location: General Academic Building, Room 550F

Attributes:

  • Area: 525ft2
  • Security: Keyed and alarmed/logged with limited/controlled/guarded physical access.
  • Power redundancy:
    • Primary: 3-phase power lines feed into CAS UPS rack to handle power surges and 20 minute outages.
    • Secondary: During primary fail-over, the generators turn-on to prepare to handle the power needs for days.
  • Flooring: Raised for easy/organized access/maintenance.
  • Unified File Storage:
    • Multiple Storage Area Network solutions with multi-terabyte capacity
    • Redundant pair of 10Gb iSCSI host adapters
    • Redundant power supplies routing to power redundancy (see above)
    • Redundant fans
    • Redundant pair of 10Gb iSCSI network switches
  • Server Farm:
    • VMware vSphere 5.5 U2 cluster capable of running most x86 and x64 (64 bit) operating systems
    • 4 redundant VMware Hypervisor nodes (256 AMD Opteron 6272 CPU cores @ 2.1 GHz)
    • 1TB RAM
  • Network:
    • Gbit backbone directly connected to commodity and Internet2 services
    • Redundant 10Gb/s local private network for internal use
    • 2 Gbit/s (per Hypervisor node)

Offsite Disaster Recovery

Purpose: Houses copies of "Machine Room" servers and storage.

Location: College of Engineering Server Room, UNT Discovery Park campus

Attributes:

  • Security: Keyed and alarmed/logged with limited/controlled/guarded physical access.
  • Power: Redundant system in case on power source fails.
  • Flooring: Raised for easy/organized access/maintenance.
  • Disaster Recover for Unified File Storage:
    • Multi-terabyte storage physically attached to server
    • Additional multi-terabyte SAS disk shelf with highly available power and disks
    • Gigabit backbone access

Personnel

Purpose: Champion, build, and apply IT to advance education and research.

Location: General Academic Building, Suites 313 and 550.

Attributes:

  • 20+ years’ experience:
    • Creating and fulfilling grants.
    • Building custom software solutions.
    • Collaborating with internal and external organizations (inter- and intra-university; local, state and federal government; multi-national).
  • Experts in the following server operating systems:
    • VMware vSphere (virtualization)
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Unix (GNU/Linux)
  • Experts in the following user computer operating systems:
    • Microsoft Windows
    • Unix (GNU/Linux)
    • Apple MacOS
    • Apple iOS
    • Google Android