The following are the most required ICT solutions as projected by the Research and Development Unit department in collaboration with the UDSM Services and the Software Engineering and Management departments.
1. Directory Service Deployment
Managing large networks is a challenging task in a number of ways. One of those challenges is dealing with user information throughout a large institution such as the University. A single system can keep that information in /etc/passwd, and a small network can rely on tools like rsync or NIS. When the scale of the network gets large enough, however, and a sufficient number of levels of politics gets in the way, simple tools will no longer do the job in an easy or reliable manner. There comes a point where this information needs to live in a central database and be made available as needed across the network. Directory servers are a useful and necessary tool, and the competition in this area is fierce.
2. VLAN Deployment at UDSM
Virtual Local Area Network. Group of devices on one or more LANs that are configured (using management software) so that they can communicate as if they were attached to the same wire, when in fact they are located on a number of different LAN segments. Because VLANs are based on logical instead of physical connections, they are extremely flexible.
There are several benefits to using VLANs. To summarize, VLAN architecture benefits include:
- Increased performance
- Improved manageability
- Network tuning and simplification of software configurations
- Physical topology independence
- Increased security options
3. Thin Client Deployment
Designing,Installation,Configuration and Testing of thin client technology that may be employed at Schools,Colleges,UDSM students Lab,UDSM Library and Telecentres using Open Source Software. (K12LTSP). Thin Client technology work in a special way: one fast, high-performance computer called a server does all the work for several slower, low-capacity computers called thin clients or dumb terminals, each of which is connected to the server via a network. Think of it as a train: one engine pulls all the carriages behind it, but they all move at once.
4. Decision Support Systems :
A database designed to support decision making in organizations. It is batch updated and structured for rapid online queries and managerial summaries. Data warehouses contain large amounts of data. A data warehouse is a subject-oriented, integrated, time-variant, nonvolatile collection of data in support of management's decision making process. The University Data Warehouse is a collection of integrated institutional data which can be accessed by authorized Faculty, Staff, Administrators, Researchers, and Associated Personnel with a business need to know.
The Data Warehouse for the University can be developed to provide the institution with the following benefits:
Immediate Information Delivery – The DW shortens the time span between business events, like end of month processing, and information delivery.
Data Integration Accross the University – The DW provides access to multiple information sources simultaneously, thus providing a more complete picture for University decision makers.
Future Vision From Historical Trends – Effective business analysis frequently includes trend and seasonal analysis. To support this the DW contains multiple years, or sessions worth of data, and various point in time snapshots.
Tools for looking at data in new ways – Warehouse environments give users tools for looking at data differently. These tools allow decision makers to ask new questions and an opportunity to solve problems differently.
End User Empowerment – With the availability of data, and end user can write the query to build or modify their own reports. The warehouse empowers institutional decision makers by placing inquiry and analysis tools at their fingertips.
The department will make a presentation to Business Organization and Software Engineering
Department what DSS (Data warehouse and BI techniques) is, along with a developed prototype of how DSS can be applied in the IT and Business Organization for decision making.
5. Developing Disaster Recovery Site :
The idea is to make UCC a disaster recovery site for other Companies/Organizations. This can be implemented in either of the two ways:
- Hosting Servers from Clients (that clients bring their servers)
- To provide storage spaces for the clients ( UCC to have servers for clients)
6. e-Learning and e-Governance :
Developing tools for use in e-learning, research on available tools used in Academic Institutions, by companies (for professional courses e.g MCSE,ORACLE,COSCO etc.)
7. iLab Deployement at UDSM:
iLabs is dedicated to the proposition that online laboratories – real laboratories accessed through the Internet - can enrich science and engineering education by greatly expanding the range of experiments that students are exposed to in the course of their education.
The iLabs vision is to share expensive equipment and educational materials associated with lab experiments as broadly as possible within higher education and beyond. MIT have designed an architecture that in some ways resembles the typical three- tier web business architecture.
- Client Application
- Ser vice Broker
- Lab Server
In our first phase we are expecting to implement a Service Broker and the Client
Application(which actually downloaded from the Service Broker) at UDSM and make use of the
MIT Lab Server. The iLab technology has been developed and
implemented using Microsoft software product which have cost implication for the Licenses
especially for developing countries.
During the second phase of the project the University is required to implement its own Lab Server, also in the department planning find a solution on how to implement the iLab technology under open source software.