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Message by Director

CICT UTM : The Way Forward For 2016

Pengarah-CICTThere are THREE main initiatives that will be carried out by CICT UTM for 2016 namely UTM Data Centre (UTM DC), UTM Smart Campus, and Campus Wide Network Coverage.

The first initiative is the establishment new data center for UTM. The new UTM Data Center is a state-of-the-art data center that will host UTM ICT services and applications. The UTM DC is designed based on the latest data center architecture and in its full capabilities able to offer 99.98 percent availability to UTM services and applications consumer. The new data center will be built on an 800 square meter area that doubled the size of existing data center. The new UTM DC will be equipped with the infrastructure that able to host 60 racks and 400 servers at one time. The new DC which is a Tier-3 data center will be also equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including two generator sets that are essential for preventing power failure downtime to the data center, in-row modular air-conditioning with containment, centralised Uninterruptable Power Supply and Redundancy in M&E Distribution Path, 10/40Gbps Ethernet Data Center Network, Data Center Network Monitoring System and Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM). With the new data center, CICT UTM will be able to offer a wide range of data center related services including hosting services, storage services and cloud computing based services. The services not only available for its internal users (students and staffs) but soon will be made available to the community or businesses in Skudai Innovation Valley and its surrounding.

The second initiative, UTM Smart Campus is another initiative that aims to provide an integrated services platform that able to empower the service delivery system for UTM core business including teaching & learning, research management and administration services through smart digital initiatives. UTM Smart Campus initiative encompasses four layers of execution i.e. digital infrastructure, digital infostructure, digital services and digital policies. The Digital Infrastructure layer is the layer that provides the core infrastructure to support the overall UTM Smart Campus initiative. This infrastructure consists of Secured Network Infrastructure, UTM DC, Gigabits Network and High Performance Computing (HPC). The next layer, Digital Infostructure layer includes essentials and supporting organizational information structure that are required to support New Academia Learning Initiatives and Organisational Business Intelligence. On top of digital infostructure layer, a range of Digital Services will be made available to UTM Smart Campus community. The Digital Services that will be provided in stages for UTM Smart Campus are e-Healthcare, High Performance Computing (HPC) Research Facilities for Scientific Applications, Academic Applications, Administrative and Support Applications, e-Transportation and Smart Office Applications. In order to ensure the success and effectiveness of UTM Smart Campus initiative, UTM will also introduce UTM Smart Campus Policy. This policy will provide the UTM Smart Campus implementer and community with a set of guidelines and procedures for obtaining best experiences in UTM Smart Campus.

The third initiative, Campus Wide Network Coverage is the UTM continuous effort to ensure the accessibility and availability of Internet access in all areas within UTM campuses. Currently, Internet access through WiFi infrastructure is available to all residential colleges in Skudai campus and 70 percent of residential colleges in Kuala Lumpur campus. Whereas, for academic and administrative buildings, 100 percent Internet coverage has been achieved in Kuala Lumpur campus compared to 70 percent Internet coverage in Skudai campus. Through adding and improving the existing network infrastructure, UTM will be able to provide 100 percent Internet access to its residential colleges, administrative and academic buildings.

Professsor Dr. Eng. Ali Selamat
Chief Information Officer UTM & Director of ICT UTM

Professor at Faculty of Computing,
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia.

IEEE Computer Society Malaysia Chapter 2016.

Centre for Information and Communication Technology (CICT),
Universiti Teknologi Malaysia
81310 Johor Bahru, Johor