IT Services

University Shared Data Centre Project


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:

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.

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Project Objectives

The project team will:

1. Our Priorities

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:


The Shared Data Centre will provide resilience for the University's business-critical ICT services, the fit-out includes:

Energy Efficiency

The Shared Data Centre was designed by specialists to ensure it meets international standards:

Green IT

The University of Oxford is committed to reducing its carbon foot print and seeks to minimise environmental costs where possible:

A Secure Environment

The University is investigating advanced security measures within the Shared Data Centre, these include:

2. Project Schedule

Latest news: The USDC building shell was officially handed over to OUCS on 24 January 2010

3. Reporting

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.

The project also reports fortnightly to the OUCS Senior Managers Group to highlight any new risks or concerns.

4. Project Team and Support

The USDC project comes within a programme of projects which is overseen by an internal project working group. The programme draws on expertise from across OUCS.

5. Further Information