UFT Open

By Joel Shore  |  Posted 2005-02-28 Print this article Print

-Source Road Map"> Road map Open-Source Implementation at the United Federation of Teachers
UFTS Software/ HardWare Stack
Application Server
  • Apache 1.3.33
  • Apache mod_perl 1.29 embedded Perl interpreter
  • Perl 5.8.3
  • Krang content management system
  • Swish-e search engine
  • UFT Internet project code embedded Perl interpreter Java Application Server
  • Suns JDK 1.4.2 and run-time engine
  • Apaches Jakarta Tomcat 5.0
  • JTOpen–IBM tool kit for Java on Linux
  • UFT Internet project code High Availability
  • Linux High-Availability project heartbeat (www.linux-ha.org) Distributes services across a cluster of servers
  • Nagios monitoring (www.nagios.org) Daemon identifies problems and notifies administrator Database Server
  • MySQL Database Server 4.0 with replication running from an active to a passive server Operating System
  • Red Hats Enterprise Linux 3 Hardware
  • 6 HP ProLiant DL360s
  • 2 HP ProLiant DL380s Fully redundant hardware—two proxy servers, two application servers, two database servers and two e-mail servers; there is redundant hardware in the servers as well: dual power supplies, dual network cards with bonded interfaces and RAID cards with redundant drives.
  • IBM iSeries server Phase 1: Requirements gathering and training Beginning with a discovery initiative to understand its business processes, UFT developed a plan for various services to start at different times. UFT also specified training for staff on the forthcoming open-source applications.
  • Plan to leverage AS/400 for business logic, member database
  • Distribute Web publishing tasks across internal departments
  • Provide access to teacher services through Web-based applications
  • Develop software plan and deploy hardware infrastructure for Web
  • Plan training for internal staff on new technologies Phase 2: Web site, initial integration Taking a phased approach to development and deployment allowed the UFT and Plus Three to focus on setting up the tools that form the basis of future development. Integration with the AS/400 and member database allows the UFT to provide members-only areas targeted to member types.
  • Redesign Web site
  • Deploy new Web publishing system
  • Integrate AS/400 member database with new applications
  • Test to ensure high availability for web site Phase 3: Online member services Currently in progress; UFT is launching member services that use the infrastructure deployed in Phase 2. Teachers will be able to register online for courses and access enhanced member services remotely for the first time.
  • Roll out class registration for teachers
  • Migrate new-member enrollment to Web from paper forms
  • Migrate health benefits to Web from phone call-in
  • Upgrade e-mail system for automated newsletter and bullet in distribution Source: Plus Three, United Federation of Teachers Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

    Veteran technology journalist Joel Shore is editor of Reference Guide, publishers of reviews and custom content for the technology industry. He co-founded and was the longtime director of the CRN Test Center.

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