The Office of Research encourages research groups to share their computing resources by co-locating them in the Data Center and, in return, receiving some system administration support not offered by standard co-location. Rather than having individual groups of small clusters of computers, we would like to encourage researchers to invest in the university wide computing cluster, which is housed in the university operated state-of-the art data center housed in the Aquia Building.
In addition to providing a reliable and secure environment for educational and administrative computing, it offers a “co-location” service to academic units and research groups. This is intended to provide a more reliable and secure environment for computing equipment that historically has existed in various locations around campus. The recently upgraded university networking equipment provides access to this equipment as if it were still in its old location, hence the term “co-location”.
In addition to the physical co-location of equipment, the data center also offers a virtual co-location service in which new or existing computing equipment is created in the data center via a powerful virtual machine capability, thus reducing the need for purchasing, upgrading and repairing physical computing equipment.
Further details on how to obtain this service can be found at ITU.
The university also maintains a state-of-the-art network that provides the basic services for educational, administrative and research computing. In addition to supporting the co-location services described above, the network provides high-speed internet access to grid and cloud computing facilities.