Lisbon and Paris infrastructures

June 8, 2017

The code name Lisbon refers the the architecture of things put in place during the creation of the third floor server room. It takes its name after the name of the ASA 5000 firewall implemented at that time. The previous architecture was Paris, named after the Paris server that was at the center of the infrastructure at that time. The major innovation of the paris architecture (2000) was multi-tiered security levels, and that is still in used today.

The Lisbon infrastructure is the design and construction of the CSC/CCS server room on the 3ird floor of Ungar. The paris generation server room was a room on the 4th floor of Ungar, and was inherited from when the physics department moved from Ungar to its new building. That room was quite possibly the first place in mainland South Florida with an internet connection, connecting via a VitaLink to RSMAS on Virginia Key.

The proposed hot-aisle containment (HAC) infrastructure was novel to UM, and not much implemented in South Florida at the time. It was learned from Google and Facebook server rooms.

However, the more scientifically interesting aspect of Lisbon is an on-going revolution in data. Amazingly, the security innovations of Paris, 17 years later, are still what is current. However, the Paris viewpoint on data was mostly that data are files on servers, and you gain access by a logon shell. The Lisbon architecture is an on-going effort to deconstruct computational infrastructure, pushing towards an ensemble of services collected into computational workgroups or integrated on the user device.

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