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Thursday, June 16 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Session 6 - Owning IT: An In-House DR Project Case Study

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In early 2015, the Alma College ITS Department presented a disaster recovery (DR) project proposal to college administration. The plan leveraged resources unique to Alma’s technical environment enabling the recovery of critical systems and services offsite in the event of a disaster at the primary data-center.  As work began, it became clear these resources could be leveraged to provide much more than just disaster recovery without additional capital investment. 

We will be presenting an overview of our DR project, including the solutions considered, the design ultimately selected, and various ways the project evolved beyond its initial scope.  By using our DR initiative as a case study, we hope to inspire others to think creatively about ways to leverage their unique campus resources to solve IT challenges, and to encourage in-house ownership of project design and outcomes.


Christian Gilbert

Systems Administrator, Alma College
Christian Gilbert joined the Alma College ITS Department as a Systems Administrator in 2015. He is responsible for the administration of the college’s server infrastructure, and has been involved with the design and implementation of disaster recovery, single sign-on authentication, data backup, and student print management projects.

Kyle Warner

Director of Systems and Networking, Alma College
Kyle Warner has been with Alma College for five years. He currently serves as Director of Systems and Networking and is responsible for technical infrastructure at the college.

Thursday June 16, 2016 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Science Addition 114 Science Center