Marshall University IT department defined the following IT Research strategic thrusts in 2011-2016 strategic plan to provide a robust infrastructure and support for a growing research population:

  • Expand data storage and management for on-campus and hosted services.
  • Deploy locally only those services and software that make sense and are cost effective (i.e. BigData Analytics locally, REDCap remotely).
  • Expand base support for central on-campus and hosted HPC Clusters
  • Continue coordinating development of faculty skills in the use of TeraGrid and other NSF and hosted services.
  • Provide skilled technical support for research computing infrastructure, operating systems and basic applications.
  • Provide scalable, elastic and cost-effective virtual private cloud platform and infrastructure to service research faculty in provisioning new virtual machines in timely manner.
  • Provide technical and administrative assistance in preparation of grants with computing components including data management plans and hardware specification and coordination with HPC hardware suppliers and vendors.
  • Offer centralized and secure authentication platform for all research computer services and facilities in addition to support federated identity for visiting researchers (i.e. Shibboleth and InCommon).
  • Continue to provide assistance in promoting cyberinfrastructure initiatives like TeraGrid/Xsede and NSF funded projects like CI-Train.
  • Develop closer partnerships with other institutions’ IT research computing teams and coordinate hosting meetings and workshops.

For more information about Information Technology Strategic Plan 2011-2016, refer to http://www.marshall.edu/it/?page_id=2120