Meeting Minutes

October 23, 2014



Next meeting:

Thursday, November 6th, 2014, 4:00 PM, RENCI Conference Room



I.        Announcements

Verizon has been set up on the DAS in 24 buildings.  Load balancing issues have been fixed.  AT&T circuits are in and will come online around the 1st week of November and Sprint in mid-November.  Everything should be completed by early 2015.

Minutes approved from July 31, 2014.

II.      Agenda Items

 4:05 - 4:35 – Security Awareness, Richard Biever, Nick Tripp (20 presentation, 10 discussion)

What it is: October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a public awareness campaign to encourage everyone to protect their computers.

Why it’s relevant: The IT Security Office will present on security awareness, as well as show demo information on phishing that potentially impact each of us. We all lead Internet-connected, digital lives. From our desks and homes to on the go, we work, learn and play online. To help raise awareness here on campus, the IT security Office has participated or hosted several public events during the month of October, and today we will share some of that information.

Phishing Demo

Richard would like to thank all faculty and staff members who are helping in spreading security awareness and best practices across the university.

Best practices: 

·         Keep your software up to date and patched

·         Don’t click the link

·         Some browser Add-Ons can help prevent issues (e.g. AdBlock)[1]

Questions and Comments:

4:35 - 5:00 – Special Guest, School of Nursing, Ryan Shaw, Glenn Setliff (15 presentation, 10 discussion)

What it is: Each year ITAC invites faculty and IT directors to come share their IT challenges and successes.

Why it’s relevant: We will present an overview of the new research going on at the School and Nursing and highlight some new research using Google Glass.

Digital health research in School of Nursing:  using healthcare delivery to manage chronic illnesses.  Episodic data captures how the patient is “right now”.  There is information lacking in between visits.  If this data could be filled in between visits (e.g. “real time”), could we achieve better outcomes?  Helpful interventions when they are needed most.

More access to cell phones means that this can be applied more widespread than may have been possible in the past.

What can we collect/track data on? 

·         Diet

·         Exercise

·         Pregnancy

·         Blood Pressure

·         Heart Rate, etc.


·         Text messages can be sent out on a global scale (e.g. sending targeted messages to pregnant women depending on their gestational age in Third World countries)

·         Mobile devices:  oxygen sensors, Fitbit, etc.

·         Virtual grocery shopping tours for newly diagnosed diabetic patients

·         Mobile Apps:  Medication management prototype will be available soon, health data aggregator HealthKit (Apple iOS 8+) integration with EPIC is awaiting IRB approval.


·         With so much unstructured data how can it be analyzed?

Questions and Comments:

Are there HIPAA obstacles to collecting this information?  Yes and they will continue to evolve.  Questions as to who owns the data (e.g. Fitbit owns the data collected by its products).

Requires patient buy-in to accept text messages, purchase devices, etc.

5:00 - 5:20 – NC Next Generation Network (NCNGN), Elise Kohn (10 presentation, 10 discussion)

What it is:  The North Carolina Next Generation Network (NCNGN) is a consortium of 4 universities and 6 communities working together to encourage the private sector to deliver affordable, ultra-fast broadband to their communities. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the project and discuss the applications and innovations that are driving the push for “next-generation” networks.

Why it’s relevant:  AT&T has already publicly announced it intends to provide fiber to our area, and Google continues its evaluation of the region as a GoogleFiber location (expected decision this calendar year). Affordable, ultra-fast broadband connections can allow Duke faculty and students engaged in data-intensive projects to work more seamlessly between the classroom, office, lab, and home. Increased availability of these networks can also transform the way Duke students and faculty engage with one another as well as the community and world around them.

Frontier Communications pricing:  1GB for $219.99/month, focus on newer developments initially.  They own telephone poles in Durham, city ordinance to “play nice” with other telecom companies.

Google is expected to announce their target Google Fiber sites by the end of the calendar year.

By end of this year, expectations are that there will be service in 5 AT&T territories, Durham will lag by about 6 months.

Time Warner Cable upgrades/improvements would begin in 2015.  Speed tiers would be automatically adjusted.

Next Steps:

·         More engagement with the affected communities

·         Leverage partnerships

Questions and Comments:

Fiber will be installed up to homes, but will be largely up to the providers on the specific locations where it will be installed.

5:20 - 5:30 – NC1, Billy Willis, Bruce Meier (5 presentation, 5 discussion)

What it is: Duke Medicine is establishing a new off-campus data center to provide diversity and resiliency. It will provide geographic diversity for the Health System and also will serve as secondary, redundant data center for the campus with the most essential University services running simultaneously both in the campus data center (Fitzpatrick CIEMAS building) and at NC1.

Why it’s relevant: To provide an update on the current project and the projected roadmap.

Design criteria:

·         Tier 3 Plus (high availability)

·         Redundant networking

·         24x7 onsite staff

·         Self-sufficient standalone support staff

65,000 square feet, can be expanded with 30 days’ notice.

78 low density racks and 24 high density racks (can be interchanged)

Office space for on-site staff

VRFs coming soon

Phase 1

Get data center up and running

Status:  Completed

Phase 2

Move business critical apps and tools to NC1

Status:  Target completion by the end of calendar year

Phase 3

Standalone service capabilities

Status:  Target completion by the end of calendar year