January 2010


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Kristofer Layon <[log in to unmask]>
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UofMN CSS Web Development <[log in to unmask]>
Tue, 26 Jan 2010 16:26:55 -0600
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I have some clients' sites on www1, but could happily move them.  I  
can't think of an argument for keeping them there; I'm sure most  
clients would gladly go to a name.umn.edu domain instead of their  
current www1.umn.edu/name.

(though I'm sure, now that I said this, someone would surprise me…)


Kristofer D. Layon
Director of Web Design & Online Collaboration
612.624.4545  :  [log in to unmask]  :  http://blog.lib.umn.edu/layo0002/work/
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Office of the Senior Vice President for System Academic Administration
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

On Jan 26, 2010, at 4:11 PM, Peter Wiringa wrote:

> My brief input, following from both Gabe and Andre, is basically a  
> "me too," too. I've sent some comments off list to Patton about some  
> of our particular needs.
> The big, big thing we'd like to see: MySQL hosting. We have a RHEL  
> virtual machine with OIA right now, which will be the replacement  
> for an ancient server in our closet. Since we could host our  
> databases on the VM we had to pay for, rather than pay $15/DB more  
> to continue hosting with JaWS, we elected to move ours. We'd prefer  
> a centrally managed DB service for this, but it works just fine. To  
> some extent, we have almost too much control with our VM, and are in  
> a position where a small staff that has a lot of breadth, but not a  
> great deal of depth (or real redundancy) in system administration,  
> would rather go with a standard offering and contract for any  
> necessary time by real sys admins to do a bit more work. It's not  
> much, but we worry about operational continuity. A more restricted  
> VM might meet our needs very well.
> Andre's cPanel note is about a +10 for me.
> A bigger issue for University Relations is having a plan for the  
> future of the 'the' web hotel (www1.umn.edu). Are any other groups  
> still hosting content on www1? Architectural and infrastructure  
> decisions that go back to the early or mid 90s have left the  
> centralmost web hosting in an interesting state. Look at almost any  
> other institution out their, higher ed or corporate, and their  
> equivalent to (www.)umn.edu is their home page, in the realm of  
> marketing. Because central auth, people search, and other services  
> reside on www.umn.edu, other traffic is passed over to www1.  
> Basically, the central marketing space at the University has been co- 
> opted for technical reasons, and it's a bigger issue we'd like to  
> see resolved, though it could understandably take years to unwind.
> Again, anyone else on www1? What are you plans? Anyone from OIT able  
> to share anything on this?
> -- 
> Peter Wiringa
> Electronic Communications
> University Relations
> University of Minnesota
> (612) 625-3252
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> "I gotta hold on to my angst. I preserve it because I need it. It  
> keeps me sharp, on the edge, where I gotta be." - V. Hanna