IT Infrastructure Overview

IT Services department maintains a desktop and server infrastructure that supports approximately 2000 users and more than 5000 devices. From the ground up, it was designed to be modular and expandable to give the University the greatest computing capability, flexibility and growth potential for our investment dollars.

Server Environment
The University server environment is based exclusively on the Windows Server platform and can be divided into five areas:

Core Services
Core services cover all application and network support that our community commonly uses. These include, but are not limited to, e-mail, web, file, SQL database and application support.

E-mail services are hosted on 2 HP Proliant DL380G5 servers. One machine serves as the e-mail gateway and provides virus and SPAM e-mail scanning. This machine has 1 dual core Intel Xeon CPU and 2 gigabytes of RAM. The other provides internal e-mail services via Microsoft Exchange. This machine has 2 dual core Intel Xeon CPUs with 8 gigabytes of RAM.

Citrix Services
All common applications are delivered to faculty, students and staff via Citrix. Applications delivered in this manner include Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Web publishing software, common teaching applications, administrative tools and much more. Citrix delivers the applications and files to members of our community from where ever they happen to be whether that is in their office, a campus computer lab, at home or on the road with a laptop.

Critical Services
Services running on our systems include authentication and print plus other special needs services.

Enterprise Resource Planning Services
Ellucian Colleague is the ERP system the University uses to manage its operations. From budget management and payroll to enrollment and academic services, Colleague provides the glue which holds the University together.

Moodle Services
Moodle, is Oglethorpe’s Learning Management System (LMS) which allows online electronic classroom enhancement. Moodle is located in a hosted environment available to students and faculty wherever they are working.

Network Environment
The OU network consists of fast Ethernet hardware running TCP/IP. Gigabit Ethernet provides high speed transmission to each of our 25 buildings over our 100 acre campus. Ethernet provides high speed (100 Mbps) access to most desktop computers and peripheral devices. The OU network is connected to the internet via a 1 Gigabit connection.

Telephone Infrastructure
Oglethorpe’s landline telephone system has been converted to be entirely voice over IP (VOIP). Based on Cisco System’s Communications Manager for call control and Unity Connect for voicemail, the system is run on two MCS 7835 servers (which are rebranded HP DL380G5 machines). The infrastructure also includes a Cisco 2821 Integrated Services Router for outside communications.