Issue 11
July-Sept 2002

CONTENTS

Cover Story:

- The First Information Storage Infrastructure in South-East Asia

On Campus
- UM Strives to Become a Highly Ranked University
- Gaming Management Symposium
- Training for the Unemployed: Producing Satisfactory Results
- UM Presented Another Two Outstanding Doctoral Students
- Twenty Percent More Applicants to UM This Year
- The 13th Chinese Process Control Conference Held at UM
- New Degree Programmes Launched to Cater to the Community's Needs
Student's Corner
- Lindsay and Arada from Overseas: I Chose UM
- Raising UM's Reputation: Three Awards Won in "Tourism Short Video" C
Staff News
- Toeplitz and Prof Jin Xiaoqing
- From a Lawyer to a Professor: Dr Tong Io Cheng
- Multiple Roles in One: Dr Leung Shing On
- Remembered forever: Prof Tsão Jih Hsin
- Staff Movement
Exchanges and Cooperation
- Rector Iu Vai Pan Attended the AUAP
- Students of FST on an Academic Visit to the USA
- UM Won the Opportunity to Host an International Mathematics Conference
- UM and the University of London to Offer MSc Financial Management Programme
- Agreement on Welding Technology and Quality in Practice Programme Signed
Alumni Network
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Overseas Correspondence:
An Amiable Alumni Reunion

Visitors
Name List of Scholarships

Cover Story

The First Information Storage Infrastructure in South-East Asia

-The network provides a sizeable and stable database

Rapid development of science and technology has pushed UM to invest in an e-campus transformation. In August, UM, EMC Corp and CSA Automated Macau Ltd created Macao's first-ever Remote Mirrored Storage Area Network infrastructure, leading to UM's electronic teaching and paperless work environment.

Dr Tham Yiu Kwok, Head of the Computer Service Bureau (CSB) and Mr Jason Ho, Head of Academic Computing Service at CSB, stated that the new storage system supports access at anytime to important data on campus. UM's research, internal administration, e-mail and database operations incurred a 30-percent annual data growth rate. Last year, a task force was formed in CSB aimed at finding the most appropriate storage system. Taking into account applicability, server support, versatility, and maintenance service situations, a conclusion was made on the network.

The network is an aid for management of data growth at UM. Its successful implementation underpins the refining of e-campus concept at the University.

 

Four Features of the Storage Area Network at UM:

-Dr Tham Yiu Kwok(left) and Mr Jason Ho introduce the network

1. Being the first to build on remote mirroring technology among designs at the same level in South-East Asia, the network is well-rounded with large capacity and stability. It is capable of serving UM's needs for information storage up to the year 2007. Its enormous application expandability makes it possible for more features, higher processing speeds and more efficient, effective services to users;

2. This network allows ways for trouble-shooting solutions. In crisis, critical systems can be restarted with the automatic back up of data within two hours, yielding shorter repair time and better security against data loss caused by natural disasters or intended damages;

3. The network provides the basis for further enhancement to include features like "clustering" - linking multiple servers to handle variable workloads or providing continued operation in the event one fails, to safeguard stability and availability of service; and
4. Less manpower will be needed for monitoring and managing the use of storage resources while productivity improves with such a centralized system. Shorter service disruption during upgrades also means decreased cost as a whole.

Cover Story | On Campus | Student's Corner | Staff News | Exchanges and Cooperation | Alumni Network | Visitors | Name List of Scholarships