Addressing the Needs for Research and Administrative Computing. Research and Administrative Computing Committee Presented October 8, 2007. Addressing Administrative Computing Needs.
Research and Administrative Computing Committee
Presented October 8, 2007
Our approach is to provide central IT data center facility services to departmental applications. To introduce best practice computing standards and to migrate departmental applications to run within a controlled, secure NUIT-managed space.
Movement of departmental servers into the data center facility
began in 1999.
A continuous evaluation and upgrade process is used to measure facility capabilities against current and projected demands. To match the demand, capital investments to upgrade the data center facility infrastructure began in 2003 and more improvement projects are underway.
Data Center Needs Assessment by WMA Consulting Engineers was performed to address architectural, HVAC, electrical, fire protection, and site layout needs for the Evanston facility.
New UPS systems and generator installed in 2005
Chicago data center brought online December 2006 to provide failover of critical business systems and provide departmental and research server rack space for the Chicago Campus
Data Center Power Study performed by EYP Mission Critical Facilities to assess electrical infrastructure of Evanston facility in 2007 and identifies weaknesses
HVAC and Fire Suppression upgrades are slated for spring 2008
Our approach is to provide Northwestern University researchers with a shared central High Performance Computing (HPC) Facility within a controlled, secure NUIT-managed space where technical staff with domain research support experience can be shared.
Movement of researchers into the data center facility:
- Computer Science - Material Science - School of Communication
Consensus building and researcher needs assessment: