Library IT Tech Talk scheduled for Wednesday March 16th

The LIT Tech talk for March starts Wednesday from 3-4:15pm in Bass L01.

The agenda is a follows:

  • Spotlight on LIT staff: Workstation & Technology Services 
  • Sgi DMF Project (Bob Rice)
  • Electronic Resources at YUL (Angela Sidman)
  • III integration with Quicksearch (Yue Ji)

For those who cannot join us in person, the session will be streamed via Adobe Connect here: [sign in as a guest]

Slides and recordings of the Tech Talk sessions will be archived here:

Questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics should be sent to Jenn Nolte (

Data Storage Virtualization and Security Upgrades Continue

LibraryIT’s Information Architecture team continues to manage the SGI/StorHouse storage virtualization upgrade and Trusted Edge implementation, begun this week.

To oversimplify, storage virtualization is the introduction of a virtualization layer that sits in between network-connected data storage spaces. This allows for related files (digital objects, typically) to be stored in unrelated storage areas yet represented in one continuous resource- the end user who is looking for and retrieving files will never see that the whole system they are using lives in separate spots.

Our StorHouse storage currently houses approximately 600TB (terabytes), or about two thousand times the size of our Orbis database, of replicated data. Plans are to implement Trusted Edge, a policy-based/tiered storage component, that will allow us to move files to specific storage based on their use and type. For example archive type data will move off to our archive system, StorHouse, while use copies that should be available to the end user might be moved off to a faster storage area for faster access.