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NSCC had previously addressed any networking and end user desktop issues that would be required for this implementation to work for the entire community. Three additional hardware components were required to move forward with this implementation.

  1. Server for Campus Pipeline.
  2. Test server for Campus Pipeline.
  3. Server for the Oracle Application Server to host the SCT Web products.

Campus Pipeline can run on two environments Windows NT or Solaris. After weighing the alternatives we chose to implement Pipeline on a Windows NT server. The primary reason for this decision was more experience existed on the Information Systems network team to support this platform.

Campus Pipeline had made a recommendation based on our expected student and employee usage. We purchased that recommended system, with the exception that we purchased only two processors rather than the recommended four. Since the installation of Campus Pipeline version 2.2, we have Beta tested version 3.0 and are now live on version 3. A minimum of two NT/2000 systems are required to support version 3.0 of Pipeline. Our two server configurations are listed below:

Server 1: For Pipeline core Product and Calendar

Dell Poweredge 6400 quad processor (approximate cost $18,000) capable with:

  • 4 Pentium 700MHZ processors
  • 4 gig Ram
  • 2 mb cache
  • Raid 5 Drives
  • 2 small disks
  • 2 NICS
  • 140+ gig of disk in Raid Array
  • Upgrade to warranty 7x24 4 hour response

Server 2: For Email system

Dell Poweredge 6400 quad processor (approximate cost $12,400) capable with:

  • 2 Pentium 700MHZ processors
  • 2 gig Ram
  • 2 MB cache
  • Raid 5 Drives
  • 2 small disks
  • 2 NICS
  • 108 gig of disk in Raid Array
  • Upgrade to warranty 7x24 4 hour response

A Pentium desktop system with 512MB RAM was utilized for the Pipeline test system

Although the Oracle Application Server can run on several platforms, we chose an Intel chip based NT system as our configuration of choice. The Oracle Application server purchased was a Windows NT server with dual three 9-gig drives in a Raid Configuration. This system was populated with 512MB Ram (approximate cost $10,000).