MSU IT Council learns about high performance computing; updates on network, Office 365 projects

The MSU IT Council met on March 2. Below are the high-level topic summaries from the meeting.

High performance computing & research

Sharan Kalwani, Director of the High Performance Computing Center, presented the services offered by the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research (iCER). iCER is designed to help all MSU researchers do their computational work, and when appropriate scale researchers up to a national lab.

Network upgrade presentation

Nishanth Rodrigues, Assistant Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of MSU IT, along with a team from MSU IT and the supporting vendor presented the assessment and design portions of the campus network upgrade project. The assessment and vendor agnostic design are completed.

Highlights of the new design include improved security, enhanced reliability and resiliency, role-based access, leveraged industry standards and best practices, and a plan for lifecycle management. Read more about the network planning and upgrade project.

CampusAD, Campus Exchange, Office 365 update

Tools to assist in the migration of email accounts and computers into CampusAD, Campus Exchange, and Office 365 have been implemented and tested. This spring MSU IT plans to begin using the tools to migrate around 30 units that have already requested the on-premise CampusAD Exchange environment.

The Office 365 implementation is still under review but will include graduate students, faculty, staff, alumni, and affiliates. Additional services that could be part of Office 365 are also under review.

Any unit that wants more information or to be part of future migrations to CampusAD, On Premise Campus Exchange, or Office 365 should email

About the IT Council

The MSU IT Council serves as a primary IT advisory body. Membership is made up of IT leaders appointed by the senior deans and directors from each of the degree‐granting colleges, core academic units, major academic support units, and other major business units.

The MSU community is encouraged to seek out their IT Council representative or visit the IT Council website for more information on topics of interest.