Indiana University has partnered with the Indiana Office of Technology to provide the state with a data recovery system in the event of a disaster. Dennis Cromwell is the associate vice president for enterprise infrastructure in the office of the vice president for information technology. He says equipment in IU Bloomington’s data center will serve as a back-up in case the state’s primary equipment in Indianapolis becomes unavailable. Cromwell says by replicating the data, the state could quickly switch service to the “hot site” in Bloomington. He says several factors went in to the state choosing IU for the back-up system.
Cromwell says a weather-related emergency or a chemical spill could constitute a disaster and cause Indianapolis technology offices to be shut down. He says preparing for disaster is a common part of business for people in information technology. Cromwell says the collaboration between IU and the state is also economically effective for tax payers. He says the back-up system is already up and running.