The University of Texas at Austin

University Data Center East Hall to Open February 1, 2013

January 25, 2013

One of this year’s IT governance priorities has been realized for campus. Construction on the East Hall of the University Data Center (UDC) is now complete and the new space will be ready to house computing equipment on February 1, 2013.

This expansion enables Information Technology Services (ITS) to meet the increasing needs of researchers, colleges and schools, and administrative units by adding more physical capacity and improving customers’ ability to move large amounts of data at high speeds. This investment also supports the campus-wide initiative to virtualize and relocate physical servers to the UDC to increase campus information security. With the dramatically reduced co-location rates, many on campus are choosing co-location in the UDC as the safest, most resilient and affordable solution for their stand-alone servers.

The $2 million build out of the East Hall enabled the installation of new rows of cabinets, and the power and cooling infrastructure to accommodate future demand. Every network connection in the East Hall is 10 gigabit-per-second (Gbps).

This was a complex project. It required the entire UDC staff to manage a construction project in a live data center while maintaining normal operations with the appropriate level of security. That this high priority project was successfully completed in six months—with no impact to customers—is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the Operations and Facilities teams.

Sincere appreciation and thanks go to everyone involved especially the following staff:

  • Linda Buckley – ITS Project Manager
  • Eric Abrahamsen, Ryan Moore – Networking
  • Brian Kufahl, Ben Pollard, Bob Jensen – Fiber expertise
  • Robert Peters, Lance Owen, Matthew Kresha, Ron Williams – UDC Facilities
  • Jeff Esquivel – UDC Security

Want to learn more about the service? Go to: http://www.utexas.edu/its/udc/index.php

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