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Information Technology

Data Center, Green Initiatives, & Enterprise Systems

Butler Data Center

Butler University's 1,500 square foot data center opened in 2009 and houses all major systems including BigDawg, Butler's supercomputer, and connections to iLight and the Internet.

Butler strives to use efficient and environmentally friendly equipment (more information below) in the data center. A carefully engineered power infrastructure, use of recyclable materials, heat recovery, and high efficiency servers are a few of the ways Butler reduces the data center's environmental impact.

Redundant cooling, uninterruptible power supply, diesel generator, and gas fire suppression protect the data center from unplanned downtime. 

See the list of many of the major IT applications & systems supported by the Butler data center below.

Data Center

Green Initiatives

As part of Butler's overall program to become a more sustainable campus, IT continually works to improve the sustainability of our operations and infrastructure. By looking at everything from our data center to the paper used in printers we continue to make strides toward reducing our environmental impact.

Virtual desktops

  • Zero Client computers use around 12 watts (less than 1/3 the power of traditional desktops)
  • More than 100 zero clients deployed on campus
  • More than 125 virtual desktops deployed and running on data center hardware

In the Butler Data Center

  • Using industry standard hot aisle/cold aisle design to improve cooling efficiency and save energy 
  • Using much of the heat generated by servers and other equipment for re-use elsewhere in the building
  • Using high voltage power distribution to improve efficiency
  • All furniture in the network operations center (NOC) is made with recycled materials

Using Blade Servers (Details)

  • Fewer, more efficient power supplies than traditional rack mount servers
  • Fewer power supplies and less wasted energy
  • Less packing material and less waste when the equipment is recycled at the end-of-life

Server Virtualization (Video)

  • ~ 18:1 reduction in number of physical servers
  • More than 85% of our servers are virtual
  • Improved resource utilization and efficiency

Storage Virtualization and SSD Technologies

  • Using thin provisioning to reduce the number of required disks - will grow and use power as necessary instead of provisioning everything in advance
  • Investigating increased use of solid state storage (SSD's use less than 10% of the power of traditional disks)
  • Investigating cloud storage to improve flexibility and decrease costs.

Decreasing Reliance on Paper

  • Many offices are beginning to use document imaging and scanning to PDF instead of making paper copies of documents required for University processes.

Things You Can Do

  • "Think Before You Print"
  • Turn off or put your personal computer to sleep when you aren't using it. If you are using a Butler computer, log off when you leave for the day, but leave the computer on to facilitate the updating process.
  • Always recycle paper and e-waste instead of throwing it away.

Enterprise Systems

Active Directory
Adobe Connect
Advance BSR
Big Dawg Super Computer
B.L.U.E Career Services
Campus Commander
CIM - Event Tracking
CISCO Call Manager & IPCC
Clancy - Ticketing
Classroom Manager
Digital Measures
EMS - Event Scheduling/Master Calendar
Exchange With Unified Messaging
Gallagher Koster
Google Apps
Harris Connect
Keystone 600
License/Key Management
Lyris (mobile version of Butler website)
Maximizer Enterprise
NCAA Compliance Advisor
Onbase - Document Management
Password Manager
PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal
PeopleSoft Financials
PeopleSoft Time & Labor
PeopleSoft Absence Management
Point & Click
SQL Cluster
SunGard AWA & BSR
Symantec Enterprise Protection
VMware View & Virtual Center
Wireless & Wired Networks