World VoIP NewsUniversities build emergency comms systems on cloud and VoIP solutions
Universities build emergency comms systems on cloud and VoIP solutions
Tulane University in New Orleans was heavily impacted by unfortunate series of hurricanes, when school’s ability to recover and regain the normal functionalities, resources, data, and operational tempo were impeded.
In order to minimize the risks, Tulane has acquired Internet2 NET +Box, a cloud-based data storage and telecoms integration service delivered by a paired initiative from Internet2 and Box. Also, in a conjoint project with Texas A&M University, the school sought to deploy the company’s SIP-based telephony system, which operates in the cloud to offer comprehensive telecommunications assets. “Telecommunications are very important for our normal daily activities ,” commented Leo Tran, assistant VP for IT department. Definitely Tulane and similar education establishments now know by heart all the frustrations of data loss and the vital necessity of disaster respond readiness, and this knowledge is got by real life. After Katrina hit across New Orleans, Tulane was closed down for four months, e-mail was out for several weeks, Tulane students and staff have faced the absence of any digital data for three weeks. The school is trying to get out of all the outages, even deploying a cloud-based emergency and alert notification service delivered by Seattle-based Varolii. This dedicated service makes the university to send short messages, telephone numbers, and specific email addresses in the event of any anticipated emergency. Using all these precautionary activities is quite accustomed procedure. Some entities of the education sector have been using loud-based applications and SIP phones into their disaster respond arrangements. So, for instance, Missouri State University, who commenced comprehensive initiative of emergency respond plans after being severely hit by a 2008 ice storm which left the establishment and surrounding area absolutely helpless. "When hurricanes and storms of such a scale hit so close to your residence, your eyes are opened extremely wide and you see how it impact everything in vicinity," said CIO Jeff Morrissey. "That kicked us and helped us receive all the needed support around campus, from students and staff." The University of Washington also deployed the cloud infrastructure after witnessing several earthquakes, fires and other emergencies. When considering efficient telecoms as a highest priority, the school deployed cloud-based Microsoft tools to address its e-mailing procedures. “We don’t want to rely just on traditional digital infrastructure when we have a disaster and keep on-going relations within the campus,” commented Andy Ward, manager of technology. “We’re continuously searching for cloud tools that meet our demands so all of our eggs are not in one single basket.”
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