History of Technology at ACU

 

   

1958 - IBM 402 accounting machine
1963 - IBM 1401(4K) - last time this computer was available
1972 - IBM 360 model 25
1973 - IBM 360 model 30
1978 - DEC PDP 11/70
1983 - VAX 11/780 (production)
1983 - VAX 11/750 (test) cost of production and test equals $800K
1984 - VAX 11/785 (production)
1984 - VAX 11/780 (moved to test)
1984 - VAX 11/750 (moved to telecommunications)
1986 - Vali-Dine computer leased from Griffin Technology for ID cards, meal plans
1987 - VAX 8650, 780, 785 VAXcluster (production and test)
1987 - MicroVAX II (telecommunications)
1987 - 11/750 was de-installed
1987 - August, MicroVAX II (word processing)
1988 - Fiskars UPS installed
1989 - October, LPS40 (40 ppm laser printer)
1989 - October, MicroVAX 3600 (telecommunications billing)
1990 - converted from RA81disk drives to RA90s in SA600 cabinet on VAXcluster
1991 - April, FlashDAT 4 mm tape backup -- 8650
1992 - May, second FlashDAT -- 8650
1992 - July, VAX 4000 mod 500 & mod 300 in DSSI VAXcluster (cost $300K)
1992 - July, de-installed 8650, 11/780, 11/785, the two FlashDATs converted to new computers
1992 - August, MicroVAX 3100 model 10 (campus-wide ID system)
1993 - January, MicroVAX 3100 mod 40 installed for telecommunications -- transferred the telecommunications MicroVAX II and 3600 to Physics
1994 - August, Added disk drive to MicroVAX 3100, model 40 for telecommunications
1995 - June, de-installed 2 - LPS40 laser printers, replaced with 5 - HP 4SI/MX
1996 - May, installed DEC Alpha AXP 400-4/233 for administrative NT server for Information Technology and terminal emulators.
1996 - June, Gateway 2000 P6-200 NT server installed for Axis, telephone billing software. Moved from MicroVAX 3100, model 40.
1996 - August, moved ICAM (campus-wide ID system) to MicroVAX 3100, model 40. Deinstalled MicroVAX 3100, model 10.
1996 - December, HP Vectra XU6/200 Model 2100 server installed for Applix HelpDesk Software
1996 - December, HP Netserver 5/166 E30 Model 2100 server installed for Domain Name Service and Time Service
1996 - December, Added memory and disk drives to VAX 4300/4500 due to increased usage by departments across campus.
1997 - May, HP Netserver LH Pro added to the NT network, first Intranet server.
1997 - November, IT Test Lab established to aid in the researching and deployment of new technologies.
1998 - April, Central UPS system dismantled and smaller APC UPS units distributed within both the first and third floor equipment rooms in Zellner Hall.
1998 - September, Added memory to VAX 4500 due to increased usage.
1999 - February, Added VAX 4505 to administrative cluster
1999 - February, implemented first Integration Service NT server - ADMIN1.
1999 - July, ACU NT Domain Controller LUKE migrated from a 1994 Digital AlphaServer 400 to a 1999 Compaq 5500.
1999 - September, Intranet server migrated from the HP Netserver LH Pro to a Compaq  5500.
1999 - October, HelpDesk server migrated from HP Vectra X/U to HP Netserver LH Pro.
1999 - November, Axis Billing System server migrated from Gateway G6 tower to HP Vectra X/U.
2000 - May, S&O's first production Unix server since the e-mail system moved over to Academic Computing.  A Sun E450 was installed to support a new web interface - Campus Pipeline - into the administrative information systems
2000 - May, ICAMS ID Card System moved from a MicroVAX 3100/Model 40 to MicroVAX 3100/Model 90
2000 - June, IBM RS/6000 Models S7A and M80 installed to support Banner2000 and Oracle DB Engine(s)
2000 - June, two Compaq 5500s installed to support Banner2000 and Oracle DB Engine(s) and other web components
2000 - June, three Sun E250s installed to support Banner2000 and Oracle DB Engine(s) and other web components

   

Pre-1983 - in-house written software for Financial Records, Payroll, Student Records, AHEA, Development
1983 - bought Westinghouse Information Systems' SIS, FRS, HRS (cost $186K)
1984 - January, HRS (now from Information Associates) goes live
1984 - June, SIS and FRS (Information Associates) go live
1986 - September, Vali-Dine ID cards from Griffin Technology go live to use in Campus Dining Services and checking attendance in Chapel
1988 - October, ADS (Information Associates) goes live
1990 - June, LMS (Information Associates) goes live
1990 - Summer, Telephone billing software converted to Telco
1991 - Pathworks
1992 - September, Campus-wide ID software converted to Applied Network Technologies
1992 - September - Began using Multinet software for TCP/IP access for ID System
1995 - October, Installed first NT server to begin replacing Pathworks
1995 - September - Began using Multinet software for TCP/IP access for on-campus administrative access
1996 - January, Telephone billing software converted to Pinnacle/Axis
1996 - August, Telephone billing software converted to Gateway 2000 P6-200 NT server
1996 - August, Applix HelpDesk Software goes live in Technology Support
1998 - June, Newbart Digital ID card system goes live in Customer Service
2001 - June, Banner Human Resources and Finance goes live.

 

   

1968 - ACU had a keypunch machine. Punched cards were run on a computer downtown.
1969 - Connection to University of Texas' CDC6600 available after 10 pm using WATS line.
1974 - 9600 baud leased line to University of Texas; ACU paid for computer time; Multiplexor to 16, 1200 baud terminal lines; later added one 2400 baud printer by reducing terminals to 14
1979 - DEC PDP 11/34
1982 - TI 990 shared by Computer Science and Business for one year, then went to Business only
1983 - DEC PDP 11/44 for Computer Science was donated by DEC (later stolen)
1985 - VAX 11/785
1991 - May, VAX 4000 model 200
1991 - May, DEC system 5000 (UNIX)
1991 - May, DEC station 5000 (UNIX)
1991 - Summer, VAX 4000 model 300 (Abilene Library Consortium) included leased lines to Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University and the Abilene Public Library
1993 - Fall, Operational responsibility for Academic computers transferred to Computing Services. ACUVAX, ACUUN1 moved to Zellner computer room
1994 - August, Added memory and disk space to VAX 4000 and DEC system 5000
1995 - Summer, Nicanor/Nicolas - Micron 486 computers running BSD Unix for faculty/staff e-mail
1995 - Fall, Timon - HP 486 running BSD Unix for student e-mail
1996 - January, de-installed Dec system 5000/200 for general campus use (ACUUN1), transferred to Physics Department
1996 - January, Paul MacDonald begins project to add a computer lab in each residence hall with added support for students.
1996 - Fall, Stephen - HP Pentium for student NT server.
1997 - Fall, Phillip - HP Pentium for student NT server.
1998 - Summer, ACUVAX retired from use.
1999 - Summer - New faculty/student servers installed.
1999 - Summer - New combined email/LDAP server installed

   

1985 - BITNET, shortly thereafter, Internet
1986 - Oracle installed on Academic VAX
1988 - THEnet -- ACU is one of 26 charter members.
1988 - SPSS installed on Academic VAX
1989 - October,  Began using Multinet software for TCP/IP access
1991 - Pathworks
1992 - June, Purchased site license for ASP, "A Statistical Package for Business, Economics, and the Social Sciences"
1994 - Dropped BITNET
1994 - July, Began using Eudora on campus for email software
1997 - Fall, added SPSS site license for PCs, Macs - discontinued VAX version

 

   

1985 - Telecommunications department formed
1985 - Campus-wide telephone switch installed
1985 - Micom data switches
1988 - Summer, First fiber optics installed from Zellner Hall to College of Biblical Studies
1989 - January, Four-slot Wellfleet router installed to connect campus buildings and segments
1990 - April, Wellfleet router upgraded to 10-slot router to support campus network
1991 - Summer, Campus-wide cable TV installed.
1991 - September, Installed Zellner Cabletron chassis
1992 - Summer, Campus-wide VoiceMail installed.
1993 - Campus-wide trenching and conduit project begun (completed in 1994) Beginning of the campus-wide fiber-optic project.
1995 - January, Upgraded internet line to T1
1995 - Fall, 32 v.34 modem pool added for PPP access
1995 - Fall, RFP issued for campus-wide network
1995 - Fall, Began migrating away from Pathworks to TCP/IP using Windows for Workgroups (Microsoft LAN Manager) and Appletalk
1996 - April, UT West Texas Hub installed in ACU switchroom for educational access to THEnet and Internet.
1996 - May, Contract awarded to Fore Systems for campus-wide ATM network electronics
1996 - August, Phase I of ATM campus-wide network implemented in residence hall labs, Foster Science, Zellner, and Don Morris Center.
1996 - December, added Region 14 Education Service Center to the UT West Texas Hub on a 56k line for Internet
1996 - December, Domain Name Service moved to HP Netserver 5/166 E30, Model 2100
1996 - December, NT Domain redesigned, split into Administrative and Academic, Academic NT server upgraded to 4.0
1997 - April, Micom data switches officially retired in solemn ceremony.
1997 - August, Final Phases II&III of ATM campus-wide network implemented with connections to each office and classroom
1997 - October, 911 service goes live for residence hall students and faculty/staff offices providing information directly to the emergency response center.
1997 - October, Original thickwire Ethernet segment between Zellner, Hardin Administration, and Foster Science officially turned off.
1999 - January, Additional T1 line to University of Texas at Austin for Internet service (total of 2).
1999 - February, added 47 v.90 modems for off-campus users.
1999 - July, added 47 additional v.90 modems for off-campus users.
1999 - August, Completed campus-wide network adding 2,200 network ports for students - "port/pillow"
1999 - August, Increased bandwidth to computer center in Zellner to 622 Mbps for server connections at 155 Mpbs
2000 - NTS Communications contract providing both long-distance service and Internet service for ACU.
2000 - Fall, additional T1 line added (total of 3).
2001 - April, addtitional T1 line added (total of 4).
2001 - July, Replaced Nortel telephone switch with Alcatel switch for all telephone connections campuswide.

 

   

1958 - Ray Whiteside operates the IBM 402
1960 - Dennis Oldham and Paul Dennis work on general ledger, accounts receivable, and payroll
1965 - Glenn Bradshaw manages data processing
1969 - Charles Small was director of the computing function for the administration.
1973 - Paul Dennis returns to the administrative computing function
1978 - Glenn Bradshaw returns as head of the administrative computing function
1982 - Glen Bradshaw, Director of Computer Services; Mike O'Dell, Software Supervisor
1983 - Mike O'Dell, Director of Computer Services (Bradshaw leaves)
1984 - Computer Services changed from reporting to the Vice President of Finance (Bill Hilton) to reporting to Personnel (Bob Montgomery)
1984 - Computer Science becomes a separate department (formed from the Math Department)
1984 - Academic Computing formed reporting to Dr. C.G. Gray, VP Academics
1984 - Dwight Caughfield is Director of Academic Computing (half -time)
1984 - Computer Services begins reporting to Bill Fowler, Assistant Vice President of Finance
1985 - Tom Chilton, Director of newly formed Telecommunications department from Computer Services
1985 - June, Bill Dillingham, Director of Computer Services (O'Dell leaves)
1985-1986 - Fall, Jerry McIntyre (on Computer Science Visiting Committee) hired as a consultant and supervises Computer Services after Dillingham leaves (Fall to Fall)
1986 - March, Bill Dillingham leaves
1986 - August, Jim Trietsch, Director of Computer Services
1987 - November, Computer Services & Telecommunications report to the Assistant Vice President of Information Systems, Gene Linder
1990 - January, Dr. C.G. Gray, Vice President Information Services; Computer Services, Telecommunications and Academic Computing report to Dr. Gray
1990 - April, Bruce Campbell, Director of Telecommunications (Chilton leaves)
1991 - June, Dwight Caughfield passes away
1992 - June, Kay Reeves, Director of Telecommunications (Campbell leaves) - Joe Booth becomes Director of Technical Services formed from Telecommunications
1992 - September, Paul MacDonald becomes Coordinator of Academic Computing
1992 - August, Computer Services changes department name to Administrative Computing and reports to Jack Rich, Vice President of Finance and Administration
1992 - September, Technical Services and Telecommunications (Long Distance resale) moved to reporting to Jack Rich
1992 - October, Jim Trietsch named Director of Information Technology
1992 - October, Warren Alkire becomes Manager of Administrative Computing
1992 - October, Joe Booth, Manager of Technical Services
1992 - October, Kay Reeves, Manager of Customer Service (includes telecommunications functions of long distance resale)
1993 - James Langford named Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
1993 - Academic Computing (Paul MacDonald) reports to James along with Instructional Technology (K.B. Massingill)
1995 - January, Bob Nevill, Manager of Technical Services
1995 - Fall, Administrative Computing name changed to Computing Services because of added Academic responsibilities
1996 - January, Full responsibility for Unix computers (mail servers, etc.) transferred from Computing Services to Academic Computing
1996 - Summer, Academic Computing student support team formed with Paul MacDonald, Wes Witemeyer, Mary Chaddock, James Reynolds, and student lab monitors.
1996 - August - Programming merged with Technical Services creating Computer & Network Services, managed by Bob Nevill. Systems & Operations formed, managed by Warren Alkire.
1997 - August, Paul MacDonald leaves Academic Computing
1997 - September, K.B. Massingill moves to acting director of the Center for Teaching Excellence as James Langford works on doctoral dissertation.
1997 - November, George Saltsman moves to the CTE as director, Instructional Technology. James Langford moves to director, Academic Computing.
1998 - February, Jeff Leving moves to manager, Systems & Operations
2001 - ACU names K.B. Massingill as CIO. Reorganization creates Web Development group directed by James Langford. George Saltsman named director of Educational Technology.

2007 - Campus Moves to Google Apps for Education

2008 - iPhone/iPod touch deployment to freshman

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