Josh Cook

For skill and determination in finding solutions to problems when vendors can’t help and his ability to address the complex needs of system administration, Josh Cook is the latest ITS RockIT Award winner for Innovation. His work has saved WVU money, let us retire outdated hardware and improved our ability to support our customers. Josh was primarily responsible for migrating several legacy platforms to VMWare. He did this work with little help from vendors. He supported University Relations-Digital’s migration to Amazon Web Services, letting WVU retire five physical servers and save $10,000 per year. This work required copying and exporting multiple databases, and manually changing 265 host names in DNS, the Internet equivalent of a phone book. Josh also moved several MAP-related systems off physical servers that were so old IBM no longer supported them. Josh is creative in overcoming obstacles, persistent in completing tasks and outstanding in customer service.