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 IU Trident Indiana University

Enterprise Architecture for Indiana University File Storage

Project Leads: Craig Stewart and Dennis Cromwell

Research Storage, Systems Group, UITS Research Technologies 

TOGAF Process
Figure 1. Example diagrams as artifacts created from the TOGAF.

University Information Technology Services (UITS) has employed The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) as an enterprise architecture methodology and framework to architect a new university file storage service (IUFS). This process has produced a complete architecture definition that specifies the technical implementation for the service. Using this methodology has ensured that IUFS ties directly into the business processes and cases driving the need for such a service.

The initial release of IUFS provides for cost-effective file storage support for the university’s Intelligent Infrastructure. Employing TOGAF allows for a stronger integration of diverse UITS units, and reduces the risks of delivering such an ambitious service. The service itself reduces cost to the university and offers a better platform upon which subsequent services may build and integrate.

A year ago UITS decided to adopt enterprise architecture principles, and TOGAF in particular, to speed innovation and the development of new services while better aligning those services with the business processes services support. TOGAF allows different divisions within UITS to work more cohesively when developing services with such broad impacts. IUFS is the first of many projects in development and using TOGAF to build the university enterprise architecture. 

The Research Storage team of Research Technologies is responsible for the administration and support of the Research File System and the Scholarly Data Archive, which provide interactive and archival storage, respectively, for Indiana University faculty, staff, and research students.

NSF GSS Codes:

Primary Field: Computer Science (401) Computer Systems Analysis