A $2.5 million investment in the university’s research network will improve network speed not only researchers but also for faculty, staff and students.

The University of Alabama Board of Trustees has approved $2.5 million for the project, which includes $500,000 from the National Science Foundation and $2 million in UAB institutional funds.

The research network upgrade will create a significant competitive advantage for researchers in genomics, personalized medicine, cyber security and other disciplines, as it couples with high performance research computing expansions to allow the transport of very large data sets.

The upgrade will include installation of a 100G edge upgrade with a science DMZ, border firewall and intrusion prevention system. The investment would speed network connectivity at least 20-fold.

“This upgrade is a critical strategic investment that will greatly facilitate high performance research in a number of areas,” Vice President and CIO Dr. Curtis A. Caver Jr. said.

Improvements in the research network will also benefit the network across campus. UAB IT has been working on a number of initiatives to strengthen network connectivity:
  • Increasing raw fiber bandwidth from 10 to 100 GBps to Nashville and Atlanta, which increases capacity for the campus community and helps facilitate the use of cloud storage systems like UABbox and OneDrive.
  • Partnering with content delivery network Akamai to deploy an internet caching switch, which will increase internet bandwidth 20 to 60 percent across campus.
  • Deployment of a separate 40 GBps network and associated science demilitarized zone dedicated to research centers and traffic.
TechConnect's new Notebook Program offers students lower prices on a laptop they want, bundled with the on-campus service and support they need.

Through the TechConnect Notebook Program, students can purchase one of three Dell laptops at up to $238 off retail prices, along with a service program that allows them to get support at the on-campus TechConnect storefront in the Hill Student Center. For a limited time, each Notebook Program purchase is also eligible for a $200 gift card from Dell, increasing the savings.

If a computer needs to be serviced for a prolonged period, students in the program are furnished with loaner laptops so that their studies can continue uninterrupted until their regular device is functioning properly.

Students or parents can purchase from TechConnect's web site or in the store. The storefront takes a variety of payment options, including credit cards, Blazer Bucks, Apple Pay and Android Pay.

Products can be ordered and paid for online now, with pickup available prior to the start of the fall term.

More information about the Notebook Program is available here.

TechConnect also offers affordable tablets that have been tested by UAB IT to work in the university's learning environment and that can complement students' primary devices.
As part of an ongoing effort to help better secure UAB employees' passwords, faculty, staff and students now have access to an account in Keeper, a secure and easy-to-use password management system that allows users to have more complex passwords and easily use them in web applications.

Keeper LogoThrough Keeper, your passwords and logins are saved in a private digital vault protected by powerful encryption. Keeper is a zero-knowledge security platform, which means that only the user has knowledge of and acess to his or her Master Password and the encryption key used to encrypt and decrypt his or her information.

IOS and Android apps are available in addition to the web application.

Keeper is available to UAB staff, students and faculty. It is not available to UAB Hospital staff at this time.

How to get a Keeper account:
  • Register with Keeper here.
  • Create a master password that is not your BlazerID password.
  • When creating your Master Password, Keeper requires a 15-character password length with one special character (e.g. !@#$%), one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter and at least one digit.
  • Note: Your browser may prompt you to save your Keeper Master Password. NEVER allow the browser to save your Keeper password.
  • To complete the registration process, you will need to enter your @uab.edu email address, and set a Master Password along with a "Security Question and Answer." Next you must accept the terms of use and click "Create Account."
NOTE: You must use your @uab.edu email address that is listed in the UAB phonebook. That address can be either your BlazerID@uab.edu or alias@uab.edu. To check your @uab.edu email address published in the UAB directory, click here.

After registration is complete:
  • Install the browser extensions (available for Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Internet Explorer) here.
  • Tutorials, Quick Start Guides and 24/7 support and live chat are available here.


Please send any feedback on Keeper Password Manager by entering a problem ticket in the IT Service Portal.
UAB IT is updating its login page for Office 365, OneDrive and UABbox.

The limited single sign-on login page for those cloud-based storage systems will change July 8. The change simply reflects an upgrade of the system that underlies the sign-in method. The screenshot below shows the change.

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