Shared IT Services Reaches 10,000 Machines Migrated to WashU IT

The Shared IT Services (SITS) program continues to move forward. Unit migrations to SITS remains a top priority of the Office of the Chief Information Officer and Vice Chancellor of IT at Washington University in St. Louis. The Shared Information Technology (IT) Services Program is an initiative designed to re-balance the information technology delivery model at Washington University in St. Louis by creating a shared infrastructure and end-user computing service platform that facilitates the seamless sharing of information and positions the University for Strategic Advancement.

Shared IT Services has climbed over their milestone of 10,000 machines migrated to WashU IT this month. Additionally, SITS has migrated or retired 559 servers since the transition to SITS began. Shared IT Services is currently migrating Ob/Gyn, Neuroscience, Olin Business School and Students Affairs.

The following units have entered their Discovery phase in preparation for their migration dates; Anesthesiology, Sam Fox School, Developmental Biology and Surgery. In this phase, a unit’s data is analyzed to help plan and prepare for their migration needs. You can see what kind of data is gathered during discovery here.

Shared IT Services has also been active in migrating servers from units to the WashU IT Cloud Space. Currently, our units are finding significant value in identifying and grouping costs by application and service. The Sam Fox School, who is currently in the discovery process, had a current need to vacate their storage and network facility in the fall of 2018. The Sam Fox School and the WashU IT engineering teamed up to transfer their existing storage needs to the WashU IT Cloud Space on January 4th. The teams leveraged the use of Microsoft Teams to execute this process while working through the weekend. The result of this process, 21 Virtual servers migrated from Sam Fox Infrastructure to WashU IT Private Cloud, the remaining 74 systems will be retired. The Sam Fox public websites were transferred over without any downtime for their users and services.

Currently, SITS leadership is working on unveiling an updated migration schedule, as well as improving the support model. To see what units have already migrated, check out the list  here.