Swap the Engine without Stopping the Car: A Sakai CLE Infrastructure Replacement Project

A session at Open Apereo 2013 Conference (Jasig & Sakai)

Wednesday 5th June, 2013

2:45pm to 3:30pm (PST)

During the academic year spanning 2011 and 2012, the Sakai-based "CTools" service at the University of Michigan underwent an infrastructure overhaul - a complete rebuild of the service platform from the ground up. Recognizing the importance and priority of the Teaching & Learning suite of services in support of the academic and research missions of the university, a monumental effort was required to bring the CTools infrastructure in line with strategic technical and organizational directions for IT at the University of Michigan. An 18-month timeline was required from initial project proposal to completion of post-deployment stabilization tasks.

This presentation will cover a high-level overview of a number of topics including:

  • Service background & history
  • Rationale for changes
  • Architecture decisions
  • Implementation overview
  • Communications planning & scheduling
  • Development impact
  • Capacity & performance testing
  • DRBC
  • Deployment
  • Successes and challenges
  • Stabilization
  • Where we are now
  • Lessons learned
  • Monitoring & Diagnostic Tools

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Jeff Cousineau

Application System Administrator

Jeff was the technical lead for the "CTools Infrastructure Rationalization"(CTIR) project at the University of Michigan. He is the lead application system administrator for CTools Operations and has been actively supporting the CTools since 2002 in both technical and managerial roles.

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Beth Kirschner

Application Development Manager

Beth Kirschner has over twenty five years of experience in software development of online collaboration systems, grid computing, digital libraries, and industrial automation. She's been involved in the Sakai project since 2005 as both a developer and manager at the University of Michigan, with special interest in generalized solutions to local problems, using technology to augment but not impede academic teaching and learning, and internationalization. She has served as the chair of the Sakai CLE Technical Coordination Committee and been honored as a Sakai Fellow.

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  • Benito J. Gonzalez
  • Beth Kirschner
  • Dan Kiskis
  • Eric Crossman
  • Jeff Cousineau
  • Joshua Swink
  • Laurens Ghijsen
  • Martin Smith
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Time 2:45pm3:30pm PST

Date Wed 5th June 2013


Diamond II, The Westin San Diego

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