The University of Texas at Austin

University Data Center



Important information for Campus Units migrating “Commodity Servers” to University Data Centers.

Overview

An Enterprise-Level Data Center to Meet Strategic Campus Needs

The University Data Center (UDC), completed in 2010, benefits campus by providing a secure, professionally managed data center to meet the growing information technology (IT) needs of researchers, colleges and schools, and administrative units at The University of Texas at Austin.

Benefits to researchers, colleges, schools and units

  • Enhanced physical and data security, redundant power and cooling systems, and redundant data center class high-speed networking to ensure availability of critical research and administrative systems.
  • Space is available now, and ITS has a long-term plan to continue expanding capacity. Departments using the UDC can free up valuable space and avoid significant time and costs of designing, building and maintaining local server rooms.
  • Professional, 24/7 technical support and management of every facet of the UDC ensure departments can focus on their core mission while ITS focuses on the IT equipment.
  • Server build room enables customers to install, configure, and test systems before moving into controlled operational space.
  • Co-location rates have been approved by the Controller's Office, and the fees paid go to upgrade network gear, ensuring that the network keeps up with increasing future demands. Departments are not charged for the building, cooling, power or monitoring software and services.
  • Viable option to co-locating physical servers is to use ITS Virtual Servers. Virtual servers can be sized to meet your needs, offer cost savings, improve data security, and reduce the physical space requirements.

Tours of the University Data Center (UDC) are available for UT Austin faculty and staff on the third Friday of each month from 9-10 a.m.

Features

  • Server co-location space: Raised floor room equipped with server cabinets, network switches, network connections and power distribution equipment
  • Out-of-Band/Lights-Out Management network channel for remote device maintenance
  • 10Gpbs server support with multiple network media configurations available (A one-time setup fee may apply)
  • Campus and Internet connectivity
  • IT facilities to support system administrators in setting up and supporting systems
  • Systems monitoring and notification
  • Physical security and restricted access
  • Information security in accordance with university standards
  • Electrical and mechanical infrastructure designed and built to be concurrently maintainable - engineered for zero downtime
  • Management of climate control, fire suppression, and power systems
  • Consultation and assessment for academic and administrative units that want to move equipment into the new UDC

Cost

Pricing effective September 1, 2012

Co-location Rate

Annual Fee: [Device Power Capacity (Watts) x .75] x $0.90

The rate is calculated by multiplying the per-watt rate of $0.90 times the "nameplate" power capacity of a device, as listed in the Rackwise database used by ITS. The nameplate value usually assumes that the device is configured to its maximum capacity, and we multiply that by a factor of .75 based on the assumption that most devices are not at maximum capacity. You can use the Co-location Cost Estimator to calculate the rate for common equipment, or to enter your own equipment and get an estimate.

One-time Network Charges (if applicable)

For most servers, there are no setup fees or one-time network charges. ITS will work with the customers to identify their technical requirements and the corresponding costs in data center networking equipment.

We Can Help

Get help from an expert:

* ITS Help and Service Desk

* Call us at 512-475-9400

* Submit a help request online

We also have a walk-in service in the first floor lobby of the Flawn Academic Center (FAC). Stop by and let us help you!