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CSUN Database Environments

IT provides database environments to the campus for storing information to support various projects and business processes. The following database environments are provided:

  • Basic – The Basic database environment is geared toward campus individuals interested in developing personal, campus-related projects or self-training. IT provides instructions on how to set up a MySQL database.
  • Enterprise – The Enterprise database environment is geared toward campus departments and organizations developing or using applications used by multiple users and are dependent on the application’s availability as well as the data needing to be kept in a stable and secure environment. Departments have the option to be their own database administrator, fully responsible for security, performance and recovery. IT also provides a hosted instance and would be responsible for all aspects of the database.
  • Production – The Production database environment is a mission-critical, campus-wide, high-availability environment for storing critical data that may be confidential or highly sensitive. Usage of this environment is reserved for high-volume applications.

Following are recommendations to determine which environment is appropriate for your needs.

Note: To access the Basic or Enterprise Database Environment from an off-campus location, you will need to use the VPN.

Students

The Basic database environment is available to students for campus-related research, class learning or self-training. IT provides instructions on how to set up a MySQL database. For help please contact the IT Help Center.

Faculty

The Basic database environment is available to faculty and teaching assistants for campus-related research and projects, class learning or self training. IT provides instructions on how to set up a MySQL database. For help please contact the IT Help Center.

For coursework or other classroom-related activities faculty may want to consider using the Enterprise database environment. Fill out the IT Enterprise Database Environment Access Form to request usage of this environment.

Campus Departments/Organizations

The Basic database environment is available to departments and organizations for individual projects or self training. IT provides instructions on how to set up a MySQL database. For help please contact the IT Help Center.

For departmental applications or data that contains sensitive information departments, you may want to consider using the Enterprise database environment. Fill out the IT Enterprise Database Environment Access Form to request usage of this environment.

If your application and data is considered to be mission-critical, contains confidential information, requires high availability and is used by the campus community you should contact the IT Help Center to initiate a review to determine if the data should be in the Production database environment.