The Database Hosting service provides Oracle database schemas for enterprise and departmental applications. OIT systems and database administrators manage the infrastructure, operating system, hardware, database software, backups, and security. The application administrators retain responsibility for application administration and customer support for their users.
This hosted database model frees application and development staff time to focus on duties that contribute value to the organization, while gaining the economies of scale afforded by OIT on draining back-end duties. Value contributors include report generation, data mining, web site publishing, and research data gathering. These are the things that require careful consideration and customization. Back-end duties include security administration; patching; server maintenance; and backup and recovery. These are repetitive tasks that may be standardized and replicated across many systems without affecting the output. By organizing the service in this way, customers will be able to spend their valuable time and money on more productive work while taking advantage of OIT's scale and standardization.
This common good virtual service has many benefits for University departments and business units.
It enables the IT director and support staff to dedicate more time to supporting their customers instead of performing systems administration activities.
Resources can be used more efficiently and effectively, rather than duplicating effort and capital expenditure.
University audit and security policies can be met consistently across all systems.
The number of physical servers can be reduced through virtualization, consolidation, and use of central services.