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As new school year nears, Ohio State systems manager talks tech

Jon Gold | Aug. 16, 2013
From rotary telephones to PlayStation Vita – the challenges of educational IT

While Winningham says Box Sync has struggled to balance usability and security, it is making positive strides.

"We'd have hundreds of terabytes of data in this network file server, [but] now I need to re-allocate some of that storage for our cloud purposes," he says.

It's important, he notes, to have a hands-on relationship with every stakeholder, from students and faculty to administrators and vendors.

"We try to use Ohio State's name and reputation and ... purchasing power to make sure we get heard [by vendors]," he said.

The huge variety of different tasks aside, Winningham sounds like he's pleased to be where he is.

"When I came to Ohio State ... I wanted to make sure I was a part of the biggest university  and the biggest college ... I wanted to run something different," he says.


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