Quarterly Webinar: Monitoring Implementation - Lessons Learned

The monitoring of servers and networks is a critical function in the modern IT environment. There are hundreds of tools and programs that will assist you in monitoring equipment, from servers, to routers to HVAC.   However when it comes to implementation, especially of medium-to-large scale or multi-tenant monitoring, there is limited information available regarding lessons learned.  In this webinar, John Welch, NWRDC's Assistant Director for Technology Services, discusses NWRDC's recent monitoring implementation, including both the pitfalls encountered and those avoided. 

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2015-2016 Annual Report

The 2015-2016 Annual Report of the Northwest Regional Data Center (NWRDC) is now available.

NWRDC Goes Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, numerous NWRDC staff members participated in our Geeks Wear Pink Day on the 18th to show support for the survivors and those who are still fighting this disease, and to honor those who have lost their battle. In addition, the data center hosted a pink lemonade and cookie stand to collect donations for the fight against breast cancer.  

TN3270 Access Now Available Via Your Web Browser

NWRDC now offers SysperTech’s Virtel Web Access application, a fully functional 3270 Terminal Emulator that is a direct replacement for thick client solutions like Hummingbird, Host Explorer, Attachmate or PC-COM. Any device that supports a modern browser and HTTPS can securely access the 3270 applications available on the NWRDC mainframe. Thus enabling our customers to save money by removing the need for costly thick clients and the ongoing maintenance and hardware upgrades that they require.

NWRDC Featured in Center for Digital Government Publication

NWRDC has been featured in the Center for Digital Government's paper, Everything-as-a-Service:  How the inevitable unbundling of technology will impact the future of state and local government. The case study highlights NWRDC's community cloud service, which offers innovative, enterprise-level solutions to universities, school districts, and state and local governments at significant cost savings.  View the full paper here.  The case study on NWRDC begins on page 20.

NWRDC Hosts Open Houses

2016 Open House

NWRDC was pleased to host two open houses on June 21st and 22nd.  Participants included current state and educational customers as well as members of the K-12 MIS community who were in Tallahassee for the annual FAMIS Conference.  Staff met with attendees, led data center tours, and conducted interactive presentations on the center's backup and community cloud service offerings.  We look forward to scheduling additional customer events in the near future.

NWRDC, VR and DMS Migration Team Win Prudential Productivity Award

NWRDC congratulates our Network Manager Jason Bertoch and the VR Common Migration Team for their 2016 Prudential Productivity win.  The Prudential Productivity Awards program recognizes state employees and work teams whose innovative solutions measurably improve the delivery of state services, saving taxpayers money.  For this project, Jason was able to identify and put into effect a change to the VR network that allowed them to terminate their Common Services MFN connection.  As a result, VR will recognize recurring annual savings of up to $80,000.  Team members Susan Whitmire (VR), Nancy Lee (VR), Kelli Allen (VR), Tommy Wagner (DMS), and Jason worked tirelessly to solve the many issues encountered during the project.  Their success was recognized at the Prudential Productivity Awards Luncheon, held June 15, 2016 in Tallahassee.

Prudential Team Award

Pictured (l - r):  Kelli Allen, Susan Whitmire, Jason Bertoch, Nancy Lee, and Tommy Wagner

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