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UTB/TSC takes first place in Storage Reliability

BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-NOVEMBER 12, 2008-The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College has garnered top honors for its handling of digital information during Hurricane Dolly.

The first-place award for Storage Reliability and Data Recovery was presented at the 2008 Storage Networking World conference in Dallas last month.

Ubaldo Martinez, assistant director for User Support Services, and Gene LaRoche, systems analyst for the department, received the first-place award on behalf of UTB/TSC’s Information Technology Services.

“We are honored to receive this award since we were nominated by computer associates based in California," Martinez said.
Alejandro Herrera and Brian Matthews, both with User Support Services, said the university’s storage reliability and data recovery plan was tested when Hurricane Dolly struck South Texas in September.

 “The solution we implemented is a customer-facing service and a logical extension of the university’s data center over 300 miles away, and its operational state during Hurricane Dolly was found to be sound and resilient," Herrera said. Shortly before Dolly made landfall, UTB/TSC closed campus for three days and

Gene LaRoche, Ubaldo Martinez, Brian Matthews and Alejandro Herrera received their honors for their part in ensuring UTB/TSC's storage reliability and data recovery when Hurricane Dolly moved over South Texas.

canceled summer sessions classes. The data containing the University’s websites and e-mail was rerouted to servers hosted at The University of Texas System’s Office of Telecommunication Services, Herrera said.

 “(We) had continuous e-mail and web presence even when the campus lost power,’ Martinez said. “Additionally, we adopted these emerging technologies at a time when higher education was deep rooted in traditional solutions".

UTB/TSC competed with Ohio State University, Office of University Communications; Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, San Francisco; The Mind Research Network, Albuquerque, N.M.; and ZirMed Inc., Louisville, Ky.

 “This project was completed by a small and talented IT staff with limited resources, and we are extremely proud," LaRoche said. “This award validates our efforts in having a project that has created positive downstream effects and produced a tangible business asset, new skill sets and aligned partnerships."

The fall 2008 Best Practices in Storage Awards Program, held Oct. 13-16, was sponsored by Hitachi. Computerworld, a 1.2 million circulation weekly publication focusing on technology news co-sponsored the event.

For more information about the award, contact the Ubaldo Martinez, assistant director for User Support Services at (956) 882-7460 or ubaldo.martinez@utb.edu