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Infrastructure testing: 18 December

Posted on 4 October 2015

On Friday 18 December we’re carrying out a significant business continuity exercise, which will put IT systems at risk throughout the day. The date selected is outside term-time in order to minimise impact on teaching and learning.

This exercise is being undertaken to test our systems, and is being carried out at the request of auditors and the University.

The power to one of our main data centres will be turned off to replicate a real disaster scenario where the power supply is interrupted (this could happen, for example, in the event of a power outage affecting campus, or if a cable is damaged by contractors).

The purpose is to test the actual resilience and failover of our IT Infrastructure, and to give IT Services staff an opportunity to react and perform in a realistic exercise. It will also highlight any weak areas and identify whether additional infrastructure would improve our preparedness for a similar real event.

During the exercise, which is expected to last all day, all IT systems should be considered at risk. The likelihood is that most services will be unavailable in the morning, and services will also be disrupted in the afternoon. We hope to have everything back up and running normally by 6pm.

If you have any questions about this work, please contact us to discuss this (email