UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-BERKELEY NEWS



UC Berkeley Research Computing (BRC) celebrates a new chapter in collaboration
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Rate reduction for performance tier storage
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Final Reminder: Registration for UCCSC 2014 Ends Friday, July 25, 2014
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Changes to CSS-IT phone tree
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Start of semester student systems freeze, August 21- September 4
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bMail and bCal selected as names for UC Berkeley's Google solution
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As announced at the March 22, 2012 Operational Excellence Expo, the names of the campus's new email and calendar solutions are bMail and bCal, respectively. More than 1,150 entries were submitted in the contest to name the email and calendar systems.


CIO Shel Waggener to step down April 30, 2012
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On March 15, 2012, UC Berkeley Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology & Chief Information Officer Shel Waggener announced he will be leaving Berkeley to join Internet2 as Senior Vice President, where he will provide executive leadership for Internet2 NET+ Services. Shel will continue to serve as campus AVC-IT & CIO through April 30, 2012.


Call for 2011 Sautter Award nominations
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Applications for the 2012 Larry L. Sautter Award Program are now being accepted. The application deadline is May 15, 2012. Submission guidelines and other information are available at http://www.ucop.edu/irc/itlc/sautter/welcome.html.


Naming contest for UC Berkeley's Google solution
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As previously announced, Google has been selected as the new campus calendar and email solution. The campus is now looking for names unique to UC Berkeley for the new email and calendar services. Entries due by March 19, 2012.


Campuswide MATLAB statistical package agreement
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As a result of a campuswide site-license arrangement negotiated by the Office of the Chief Information Officer and the College of Engineering, Berkeley faculty, staff, and students can install and use the MATLAB statistical package on institution-owned devices at no charge to individuals or departments in calendar year 2012.


Secure your desktop computers
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Citing a recent security breach lawsuit against Sutter Health, the campus privacy and information risk officer advises taking steps to secure desktop computers and the data within them. Locks and encryption software are cheap when compared to the legal costs to defend against data breach lawsuits.


Preventing laptop theft: Defense-in-depth approach
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According to UCPD, in 2011, 88 laptops were reported stolen at UC Berkeley. This article offers tips to help you keep your laptop safe and the contents within it secure.


AT&T Wi-Fi activated at Haas and Boalt
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Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy additional connectivity options as IST adds "attwifi", the AT&T SSID, to the campus wireless infrastructure. The AT&T SSID will be visible alongside AirBears, the existing campus SSID, and both will be carried by the campus high-speed data network. The attwifi network is limited to WiFi devices with an AT&T data plan, and is currently available at Haas and Boalt.


2012-13 AT&T directory listings
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April 6, 2012, is the deadline to make changes to department listings in the AT&T White Pages.


Lower rates for Linux and Windows Extended Support packages
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IST has reduced its Windows and Linux Extended System Administration rates from $460.00 to $300.00 per month, a 35 percent cost reduction, effective January 1, 2012.


New IST Drupal Cloud Hosting service available to empower campus web developers
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Information Services and Technology has implemented IST Drupal Cloud Hosting, a new service that offers powerful and easy-to-use tools for building and maintaining websites and applications using the Drupal content management platform. The service provides free state-of-the-art development tools and affordable hosting plans with 24x7 support through a partnership with San Francisco-based Pantheon.


Update: DreamHost outage affecting L&S websites
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The Letters & Science web server issues are largely resolved at this time. All L&S-hosted websites should have had their current content restored, and all should be up and running normally. If you notice any problems with your L&S-hosted sites, contact the L&S support team, generate_ucb_email("web-hosting", "LSCR", "."); avweb-hostingante at LSCR dot berkeley dot edu.


Research Hub gets 1000th user, offers training and a survey
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Since Research Hub's launch in fall 2011, the content management and collaboration service has supported the work of a steadily growing segment of the UC Berkeley community. In an effort to maintain quality and prioritize further development, Research Hub has created an online survey to gather feedback from campus. Also, to help the campus take full advantage of the service, Research Hub is providing two series of drop-in trainings.


DreamHost outage affecting L&S websites
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The web hosting service provided by the College of Letters & Science to its departments is experiencing an outage that began at 10:00 pm Tuesday, January 17. Approximately 80 campus domains are affected, including many of the websites for L&S departments. L&S is working with the hosting provider, DreamHost, to assist in the recovery of the sites and is providing updates via email to impacted departments.


IST to continue procurement support for Apple and Dell orders through FY 2011-12
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Based on campus feedback, IST Procurement will continue to provide procurement support to departments for Dell and Apple products through the end of the 2011–12 fiscal year. Effective July 1, 2012, all departments will make their Apple and Dell purchases through the BearBuy system.


Code 4 Cal hackathon, February 3-4, 2012
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The Student Technology Council is hosting Code 4 Cal, a hackathon for students to create innovative, sustainable, and useful applications or widgets for Berkeley students, February 3-4, 2012.  Grand Prize is $1,500. Pre-registration is required. More information available at Code 4 Cal information session, 5:00 pm Tuesday, January 24, 202 South Hall.


L&S websites unavailable
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The web hosting service provided by the College of Letters & Science to its departments is experiencing an outage that began at 10:00 pm Tuesday, January 17. Approximately 80 campus domains are affected, including many of the websites for L&S departments. L&S is working with the hosting provider, DreamHost, to assist in the recovery of the sites and is providing updates via email to impacted departments.


Business continuity planning for IST-managed systems
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There are two components to business continuity: disaster recovery, which deals with getting systems and infrastructure back online after a disaster; and business resumption, which deals with getting business functionality back online after the infrastructure is readied. This article focuses on how IST handles disaster recovery for applications under its management.


Mathematica agreement
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Beginning January 1, 2012, faculty, staff, and students can install and use Wolfram Research's Mathematica software suite on institution-owned devices for teaching and research with no charge to individuals or departments for 2012. The site license allows the University to deliver the latest version of Mathematica to a wider audience for a lower total cost of ownership.


Announcing Google as new campus email and calendar platform
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Google Apps for Education has been selected as the new email and calendar solution for Berkeley. The campus will remain on CalMail and CalAgenda pending an extensive migration during 2012.