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
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:
We will endeavour to keep you informed of the USDC and the surrounding services.
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;
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:
- 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
The Shared Data Centre was designed by specialists to ensure it meets international
- 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 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,
- A Biometric Proximity Reader entrance system, which relies on thumb
- 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
2. Project Schedule
Latest news: The USDC building shell was officially handed over to OUCS on 24 January 2010
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
- Project Sponsor: Director of IT, Paul Jeffreys
- Senior Manager: Mike Fraser
- Shared Infrastructure Services Manager: Pete Jones
- Data Centre Operations Manager: David Birds
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