Data Centers and Servers, Year in Review 2016
Data Centers Consolidated
- The project team worked with researchers and local IT staff to review the valuable research and work being done in the facilities and determine whether the equipment that supports that research and work is a candidate for consolidation, retirement, virtualization, the cloud, replacement, or migration to a more energy-efficient space.
- Often, services and incentives offered by the optimization effort reduced Principal Investigators' expenditures, freeing up funds for additional computing capabilities.
- 25 more server rooms are in scope for the three-year project.
Power & Maintenance Costs Reduced
Staff Time Saved
- The consolidation project has saved 5,340 hours of staff time annually, including:
- 3,330 hours of mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) efforts and 2,040 hours of server administration time.
Data Centers and Servers Project Saves Money, Creates Office Space Through Server Migration
Professor Claudio Margulis describes his positive experience consolidating his research clusters from the Chemistry server rooms to central facilities. The project team is working through a list of 1,000 servers on campus, aiming to consolidate server rooms and closets to a significantly smaller number of centrally governed, managed, and supported multi-tenant data centers.
Data Centers and Servers Project Helps Units Better Align Resources With Needs
After migrating servers to a central facility, the College of Dentistry could strategically refocus staff resources to work on projects that are important to the college, like developing an application for tracking student externships and certifications.