Stetson University IT Projects
Stetson University's IT department has several major projects underway with more planned for the future. Below is a list of a few of our significant projects:
Windows 10 and OneDrive
Stetson's I.T. Department is in the process of moving the university's Windows computers to Windows 10 and Office 2016. While most of the operating system functions very similarly to Windows 7, there are minor look and feel changes and some new features to streamline access to programs, files and running applications. The key improvements help to increase efficient use of the interface and save users time. Please take a look at the short, Stetson-specific "Windows 10 QuickStart guide" and the more in-depth "Windows 10 Overview" PDFs as they give you a good look at some of the new features of Windows 10.
We plan on moving most of the Windows-based Labs to Windows 10 during the Summer of 2017. If you would like to take a test drive of Windows 10, please stop by the I.T. Helpdesk in the LBC and we can facilitate that.
Tightly integrated into Windows 10 and Office 2016 is the 'OneDrive' client. This allows you to store files locally and have them automatically synched to Office365 (Microsoft's cloud-based e-mail and office solution.) By using OneDrive, you can access your files from anywhere using the same interface that you use to get your Stetson e-mail via the web. Simply visit email.stetson.edu, click on the 'waffle' in the upper right corner and select 'OneDrive' to see your files. There is also an Office App for modern smartphones that will empower users 'on the go.' OneDrive will also allow you to share specific files or folders with other individuals. We are in the process of preparing a brief video walk-through of OneDrive to help explain it and convey some highlights.
WiFi Expansion Project
During Phase I, we have added over 80 additional wireless access points in Elizabeth, Presser, Flagler and Davis Hall. An additional 20 wireless access points were added to the Edmunds Center and DuPont-Ball Library. Phase I was completed in 2016.
Phase II, we added 39 wireless access points in Sage Hall and upgraded the wireless access points in the Lynn Business Center, Davis Hall, DuPont-Ball Library and all office locations around the DeLand campus. In total, we replaced or added over 100 wireless access points during Phase II.
Philo IP Television
During the summer of 2017, we implemented Philo, a next-generation IPTV solution that offers personal DVR space, live TV and can be watched on tablets, computers, smartphones and Rokus. This move allowed Stetson to cancel traditional cable TV.
The data center in the Lynn Business Center is undergoing major improvements to add additional cooling and power capacity. A second battery backup system is being installed, redundant cooling systems, two backup chilled water plants and a new generator to support these new systems. The project is scheduled to be completed by the middle of May 2016.