Enterprise Web Hosting

The University's centralized approach for Web hosting, which is required by the Enterprise Security Controls Guideline, ensures high availability and security of all official University Web sites. Known as the Enterprise Web Infrastructure (EWI), this infrastructure provides robust server hosting to departments, business units, individual faculty, research labs, and other University-affiliated groups. The Enterprise Web Infrastructure is located in CSSD’s Network Operations Center, which manages the service 24 hours a day and provides exceptional bandwidth, redundancy, and security. Personal Web site hosting is also available.

CSSD does not provide Web site design and development services. Contact University Marketing Communications (UMC) for more information.

Content Management

Departments and faculty maintain control of all content hosted on EWI through a number of third-party content management systems or through Secure FTP.


Many Web sites provide dynamic content through databases. EWI supports centralized Microsoft SQL Server databases. EWI can also link to MySQL or other individual department databases that are protected behind enterprise network firewalls.

Web site Search and Traffic Analysis

Web sites hosted on EWI have access to the University's Google search tools. These tools allow you to create searches within your own site. They also enable results from your Web site to be displayed in the results of University-wide searches conducted from www.pitt.edu. Units may work with University Marketing Communications (UMC) to optimize their ranking in searches.

Web site traffic can be analyzed with Urchin software from Google, another tool provided by the EWI service. Urchin software from Google analyzes traffic for Web sites and provides easy-to-understand reports on your visitors that include information such as where they come from and how they use your site.

For More Information

To host a Web site on EWI, contact the Technology Help Desk at 412 624-HELP [4357] or submit a request online.