Hardware/Equipment

May 10, 2015

U Drive File Storage Service Base Quota Increased to 20GB

Student at computer

U Drive, the UW’s central personal file storage service, now offers 20GB of quota to UW students, faculty and staff. This increased capacity will help meet the needs of those with larger amounts of data. Managed by UW-IT, U Drive offers general-purpose, backed-up file storage with snapshots for self-recovery. The Student Technology Fee Committee funds the student quota; the employee quota is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Get more information about U Drive.

January 7, 2015

Improved Sound Studio at UW Seattle Now Available

Working in the sound studio

A major update to the Odegaard Library Sound Studio provides a simpler, quieter place for recording, editing and creating digital audio, thanks to work from UW-IT, UW Libraries and funding from the Student Technology Fee Committee. The “new” Sound Studio has a simpler user interface, unobtrusive cabling and a “WhisperRoom” isolation booth for higher quality voice recording with handheld instruments. It can be reserved for free by UW students, faculty and staff, and workshops cover the technologies available in the studio.

January 6, 2015

UW Tower Data Center ENERGY STAR Certified for 2nd Year

Energy Star logo

The UW Tower Data Center has earned ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 2nd year in a row, 1 of just 22 U.S. data centers to qualify. This recognizes reduced power consumption, lowered carbon footprint and slower growth of future power needs. Only one other university’s data center was among those certified. The UW Tower Data Center, operated by UW-IT, scored 98 out of 100 for 2014 — three points higher than in 2013 — and provides managed space, power and cooling of critical infrastructure supporting IT departments campus-wide.

November 12, 2014

UW-IT Expands Evening Maintenance to Keep Classroom Equipment Working at UW Seattle

students in classroom

To ensure instructors have dependable teaching equipment in more than 300 UW Seattle general-use classrooms, UW-IT’s Classroom Technology & Events has expanded its maintenance program to midnight. Projectors, speakers, microphones, laptop cables and desktop computers now can be continually tested, repaired or replaced, and ready for use the next day. Instructors expressed appreciation for “understanding the importance of functioning classroom equipment” and “fast response” to their emails. This service includes equipment tutorials for night-class instructors and after-hours help.

September 15, 2014

UW Students: Learn About Technology, Win Prizes at the 2014 Tech Expo—Sept. 24

sandwich board with balloons

Find out more about the free technology, discounts and services available to you as a UW student at the Technology Expo on September 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Visit booths from several UW units, and also from Microsoft, Tableau, Apple, Parallels and more. Enter the student drawing for a chance to win prizes like iPad Minis, an Xbox One and a Dell Venue 7 tablet. The first 1000 attendees will receive a free T-shirt.

January 28, 2014

U Drive Electronic File Storage Quota Doubled to 10GB

electronic storage disks

Individual quotas for U Drive, a personal UW file storage service, are being increased to 10GB per user to optimize resources, enable new uses and meet additional demands for space. U Drive, managed by UW-IT, offers UW students, faculty and staff general-purpose, backed-up electronic file storage that is accessible anywhere, anytime. The previous quota was 5GB. The Student Technology Fee Committee funds the student quota; the cost for the employee quota is supported by the Technology Recharge Fee. Get more information about U Drive.

December 26, 2013

Keep Laptops, Mobile Devices and Equipment Safe: Tips, Registration, Insurance

cell phone and laptop photo

Protect your new laptop or mobile device by registering your personal electronic equipment with UW Police to help in theft recovery, and by reading their crime prevention safety tips. The UW Office of Risk Management also provides loss control advice for laptops and mobile devices. University departments can buy low-cost coverage for owned, leased, or borrowed equipment (computer, office, audio-visual, and lab) used for UW work through Risk Management’s Equipment Insurance program.

December 9, 2013

UW Tower Data Center Now ENERGY STAR Certified

Energy Star logo

The UW Tower Data Center is one of just 27 data centers in the country to have earned a 2013 ENERGY STAR Certification from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This recognizes reduced power consumption, lowered carbon footprint, and slower growth of future power needs. The Tower Data Center, operated by UW-IT, provides managed space, power and cooling of critical infrastructure supporting IT departments campus-wide. The UW is one of only two universities in the country to have ever received this certification.

September 23, 2013

UW Student Technology Fair: Sept. 25

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See the latest tech devices and services at the UW Student Technology Fair, an official Dawg Daze Event held at UW Seattle on Wednesday, September 25, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Odegaard Undergraduate Library first floor. Browse the current technology from UW tech partners including T-Mobile, Sony, Microsoft Research, the University Bookstore Tech Center and others. Get UW mobile apps, see what technology is available to borrow, and more. UW students can enter to win prizes and collect vendor giveaways, and faculty and staff also are welcome to stop by.