The University Shared Data Centre (USDC) opened on 1 August 2011, the information below is historical.

The University Shared Data Centre (USDC) Project will deliver a fully equipped shared data centre for the collegiate University which:
  • meets international standards in sustainability and efficiency
  • utilises the latest fibre and copper technologies
  • provides resilience for the University's business-critical ICT services
  • provides the foundation for a suite of shared infrastructure services

The University Shared Data Centre will be equipped to provide a suite of services managed by OUCS. These include co-location and virtualised infrastructure ('cloud') services. The services are currently being scoped and defined by OUCS.

The University Shared Data Centre is on South Parks Road within the Oxford Molecular Pathology Institute (location) and will be fully operational by August 2011.

Interested in the USDC and the services?
Please email your details and a summary of your data centre needs to: USDC@oucs.ox.ac.uk.
We will endeavour to keep you informed of the USDC and the surrounding services.

Project Objectives

The project team will:
  • oversee the sign-off of the Shared Data Centre 'shell' from the contractors;
  • define the 'soft fit-out' (how to equip the Shared Data Centre) and manage that process to ensure it meets the needs of the University;
  • consult the University on its IT infrastructure needs and establish the demand for co-location services from day one of opening;
  • develop a service level description, policies and a cost-recovery charging structure to support the co-location services;
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