Enterprise Infrastructure provides the connectivity and server infrastructures for Abilene Christian University. ACU's Infrastructure can be divided into two environments, connectivity environments and the server environments. With a staff of highly dedicated and skilled professionals, Enterprise Infrastructure continuously evaluates existing processes, emerging trends, and the latest innovations to identify efficiencies and opportunities to improve ACU's robust, reliable, and highly connected infrastructure environments.
ACU's connectivity environment boasts a robust wired network with 4,900 ethernet ports, a capacity-based wireless network (WiFi) with over 900 wireless access points, a telephone system that supports 3,500 lines, and a cabling plant that has over 503 miles of fiber optic and copper cables. With pervasive connectivity comes the need to ensure students, faculty, and staff are informed and practicing secure computing practices. Coupling education and awareness with protective measures such as firewall, intrusion detection, and web content filtering, ACU limits its exposure to online threats.
ACU's server environment provides compute and storage hardware, operating system, authentication services, and support for the numerous campus-wide applications. Leveraging virtualization technologies, ACU has reduced its physical servers by 60% in the last ten years, and increased application uptime significantly. Leveraging a sophisticated monitoring and alerting solution and redundancies, administrators can proactively address concerns before they result in outages or failures. In the event of the rare failure, the server environment includes a robust backup scheme, which prevents data loss and significant system outages.