Campus Data Center

The Data Center provides services in a Tier 2 data center that includes cabinets, cables, power distribution, seismic protection, UPS, firewall, N+1 redundant HVAC, physical security, fire suppression and a natural gas generator.

Note: The Data Center currently has limited data center capacity. All server hosting requests go through a review and approval process to provide the customer with the most energy efficient options for hosting. Virtual server hosting is also available as a preferred hosting option for Windows, Redhat Linux, and Free BSD servers.


Data Center Services

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Operations

Operations staff monitors the network and critical applications. Services such as running application batch jobs and printing are also provided. More Information


Security

A Data Center firewall is provided to prevent unauthorized access to restricted servers.


Hosting

The Data Center provides three options for server hosting. 

  • Co-Location: Customer owned server is kept in the data center. Rack space, network ports, and monitoring are provided. Customers are responsible for software licences and vendor maintenance contracts. 
  • ITS Hosting: ITS is responsible for design and purchase of hardware, software licences and vendor maintenance contracts. Rack space, network ports, and monitoring are provided. 
  • Virtual Server Hosting: Customer leases a virtual server to meet server needs without investing in server/storage hardware. Monitoring of customer virtual servers is provided.

Load Balancing

The Data Center Networking Team provides IP Load Balancing Services on certain specific Data Center segments. IP Load Balancing allows for the creation of a Virtual IP (VIP) on a load balancing HA cluster, which can forward traffic to multiple other IP addresses. Distributing a system’s workload via load balancing aids in optimizing resources, and may improve response times and availability.


Backups

For clients who request this service, servers in the data center are backed up to disk and tape on a regular schedule. Tapes are stored securely on-site and off-site. There are two backup systems: Networker and Bacula; the back-up schedules and retentions are the same, but off-site tape storage is available only for the Networker service. The standard plan for server backups is to take full backups every week, and incremental backups every night. In general, the incremental backups are kept on-site, on disk, for one month. Full backups are retained as follows: weekly backups are kept for one year, monthly backups are kept for one quarter, and yearly backups are kept for three years.


Systems Administration

Systems administration for servers provides OS layer administration, patch installation and upgrade maintenance. More Information


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