MESA is a project that started with the Information Technology Council (ITC). The ITC identified the need for a new Local Area Network (LAN) architecture that provided the services required to a growing University. Core to the project was the need to provide a distributed file system which would be accessible in both on-campus and off-campus environments. The MESA project team has worked to develop a scalable and flexible architecture which meets the University's needs and can adapt to new technologies as they develop.
Project goals, as developed by the Information Technology Council:
- Ensure that the University's file storage systems are modern and accessible from remote locations and from common University workstations/servers.
- Minimize the amount of authentication methods required to access University systems.
- Improve the security of the University's data systems and networks.
- Position the University to provide electronic collaboration between University faculty and other institutions.
- Improve desktop workstation management.