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.
- 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;
When planning the design and fit-out of the University Shared Data Centre, the project team ensured that the University Shared Data Centre met the latest environmental and business priorities of the University:
- Dual resilient 'Uninterruptible Power Supplies' (UPS): electricity is supplied from two separate substations each supplying a separate UPS
- Dual power bars to each cabinet from separate feeds: each cabinet has two power bars fed from separate power distribution units which are fed from independent UPSs
- Critical service protection: there is no single point of failure as critical services are dual-honed
- Network connectivity from two incoming optical fibre feeds via diverse routes from the University backbone network
- It meets TIA942, the international infrastructure standard for data centres
- The data centre will operate 'Trigeneration' cooling, using an absorption chiller which consumes less electricity than conventional cooling and leads to considerable savings in energy consumption
- It will be equipped with 'cold aisle containment' to maximise cooling efficiency and provide a 500 kilowatt cooling capability upon opening
- In-rack cooling via chilled water will ensure that higher density equipment remains at the correct temperature without having to cool the entire centre
- The Shared Data Centre was designed by environmental specialists to be sustainable and energy efficient
- It meets the University's Sustainability Strategy
- It uses virtualised server services to minimise the use of carbon heavy hardware
- Read further details about building the University's new Shared Data Centre
- A Biometric Proximity Reader entrance system, which relies on thumb print identification
- An anti-tailgating security portal and a 365 degree CCTV camera system
- Individual proximity readers on each cabinet
- Fire prevention is provided by a localised high pressure water vapour fire suppression system in the floor and ceiling
- The floor includes a leak protection system
The Shared Data Centre Project reports to the PRAC ICT Sub-committee on a termly basis. The reports are available within the ODIT Project Summary Reports.