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Mainframe Computer Retired After Over 40 Years


In May 2016, ITS retired the mainframe computer, the environment that housed Carolina’s legacy student information, financial reporting and payroll systems.

As many as 3,000 users once signed onto screens each day to update files.

The computer was used for large-scale computing for more than four decades. As many as 3,000 users once signed onto screens each day to update files. It was a workhorse that managed the University’s business and student data. “It could process a lot of things at once and it was reliable,” said Ray DeCristofaro, Director for ITS Enterprise Operations.

Hugo Clark of ITS Enterprise Operations, on the far right, had the honors of entering the shutdown commands of the mainframe computer.
Hugo Clark of ITS Enterprise Operations, on the far right, had the honor of entering the shutdown commands of the mainframe computer.

As other technology advanced, the mainframe lacked the functionality and flexibility of newer systems. The mainframe was no longer needed after its work shifted to ConnectCarolina, which is a much more powerful system with modern capabilities.

For a year prior to shutting down the mainframe, the Legacy Decommissioning team worked with campus users and leaders from Finance, Human Resources, the Office of Sponsored Research and General Administration to review operational and data-retention requirements. Together, they ensured the University had all required data readily available on PeopleSoft and other current technology platforms. Individual leaders from across campus also signed off on the decommissioning.

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