Abstract

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology is in the process of implementing a “Cloud First” strategy through which it intends to move 80% of its core technical infrastructure into the cloud by the end of 2017. The strategy advocates a tiered prioritization structure that recommends the hosting (SaaS) model for most services, the AWS (IaaS) model for fewer services, and finally on premises for a handful of the remaining services. As a campus technology partner, the Hesburgh Libraries has begun planning for moving many of our services and infrastructure into the cloud. This initiative represents a radical shift in mindset for technology planning, moving from thinking about technology as assets that need replacement every 5 to 7 years to thinking about IT as a utility, paid monthly based on actual usage. This presentation will cover how the Hesburgh Libraries is devising our plan to move a significant amount of our infrastructure to the cloud, and the phases we have outlined to meet the OIT’s 3‐year plan. We will cover: Our experimentation in Amazon Web Services and how AWS differs from our current infrastructure; The assessment of library service catalogs, both in terms of function and usage; Our determination of which hosting models meets the needs of our services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or on premises); Planning for the migration and roll out; Any other considerations libraries may need to evaluate in this process

DOI

10.5703/1288284316305

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Levitating Libraries to the Clouds: A Strategy for Academic Libraries

The University of Notre Dame’s Office of Information Technology is in the process of implementing a “Cloud First” strategy through which it intends to move 80% of its core technical infrastructure into the cloud by the end of 2017. The strategy advocates a tiered prioritization structure that recommends the hosting (SaaS) model for most services, the AWS (IaaS) model for fewer services, and finally on premises for a handful of the remaining services. As a campus technology partner, the Hesburgh Libraries has begun planning for moving many of our services and infrastructure into the cloud. This initiative represents a radical shift in mindset for technology planning, moving from thinking about technology as assets that need replacement every 5 to 7 years to thinking about IT as a utility, paid monthly based on actual usage. This presentation will cover how the Hesburgh Libraries is devising our plan to move a significant amount of our infrastructure to the cloud, and the phases we have outlined to meet the OIT’s 3‐year plan. We will cover: Our experimentation in Amazon Web Services and how AWS differs from our current infrastructure; The assessment of library service catalogs, both in terms of function and usage; Our determination of which hosting models meets the needs of our services (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, or on premises); Planning for the migration and roll out; Any other considerations libraries may need to evaluate in this process