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Data Center Services - Data Centers

This article describes data centers at the University of Chicago.

Requests to provide collocation services have increased over the past few years and Data Center Services (DCS) is increasing the available space for hosting. We now have four data centers to server the University.  Follows are room specifications   A Data Center Comparison Chart is provided at the bottom of the page.

1155

The 1155 data center is the current production computer room, covering over 4,100 square feet. The center provides raised floor space for the central IT Services applications infrastructure. We are currently implementing new cabinet architecture.

Features of the 1155 facility include:

  • 3-5 KW per cabinet
  • N+1 CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioning) units
  • Monitored 24/7 by on-site staff
  • Fully redundant Utility Power feeds with automatic throw over
  • UPS supporting 60 min at 100%
  • Loading dock
  • Network and Fiber plant connectivity to entire campus

Hinds

Hinds Data Center IT Services is jointly manages the Hinds facility with the Physical Sciences Division.

The Hinds hosting facility covers 4,500 square feet. Hosting is limited only by the overall room power and cooling capacities. We have 160 tons of cooling capacity from an independent, roof mounted chiller and dry cooler.  Cooling is provided by in-row units versus traditional air circulating under a raised floor. Air is circulated horizontally around the server racks by the in-row cooling units. Racks will have empty spaces blocked with face-panels in order to optimize air flow.

Features of the Hinds facility include:

  • 5 KW per cabinet
  • All cabling is overhead
  • Air side economizers uses outside air for cooling when the outside temperature is below 45F
  • StarLine busway power distribution
  • Power monitored to the cabinet-level 
  • Patch panels in overhead ladder, instead of cabinets
  • Central UPS, feeding dual transformers stepping 480 volts down to 208 volts, with a 15 minute run time at full capacity
  • Each cabinet provide with two 30 amp, 3-phase breakers
  • All equipment to run 208 volts
  • Monitored remotely by staff

6045: POD-A

The POD-A Data Center is situated in one of the University Historical buildings constructed in 1913. This Data Center is the primary administrative Data Center and a Tier-2 facility. IT Services has relocated core systems into this space from the 1155 Data Center. POD-A not only supports business critical systems, but also a facility which can house systems that may fall under certain federal guidelines (FERPA, CJIS, PCI, HIPAA, etc.). The Data Center is designed and tested to withstand extended power outages without system or service interruption.

Built as a secure facility where systems are managed for system owners, the current 6045 space supports 72 computer cabinets. Cabinet power ratings range from 0 – 15kW/cabinet.

Features of the 6045: POD-A facility include:

6045 Data Center
  • TIER 2 
  • All cabling is overhead
  • StarLine busway power distribution 
  • Power monitored to the cabinet-level
  • Patch panels in overhead ladder, instead of cabinets
  • Central UPS, but feeding dual transformers stepping 480 volts down to 208 volts, with a minimum 9 minute run time at full capacity
  • Each cabinet is provided with dual, 3-phase power. Breaker ratings are 30 amp for Medium density and 70 amp for High density
  • All equipment to run at 208 volts
  • Monitored remotely by staff 7x24
  • N+1 Generator support
  • Diverse Fiber paths connected to campus
  • Cooling Chilled water provide by Campus Central Chilled water plant
  • Connection in place for temporary chiller 
  • Smoke Detection - VESDA
  • Network Cabinet support up to 10Gb; Campus access currently "trunked" 10Gb with plans to support 100Gb
  • ScienceDMZ network access of 100Gb
  • Hot/cold isle containment combined with open row cooling

6045: POD-B

The POD-B Data Center is located adjacent to the 6045 POD-A Data Center. The POD-B Data Center serves Research, High Performance Compute, and Big Data demands for the University. The new space functions as “colocation” facility for University Faculty and departments with such needs. POD-B us serviced by a UPS only, thus critical power or cooling events will require “load shedding” and possibly a total shut down if critical services cannot be restored. The Data Center will provide campus with 85 cabinets each supporting a 25 kW, 240/415v load capacity.

Features of the 6045: POD-B facility include:

  • All cabling is overhead
  • StarLine busway power distribution
  • Power monitored to the cabinet-level
  • Patch panels in overhead ladder, instead of cabinets
  • Central UPS supporting both compute load and chilled water pumps supporting an orderly shutdown during emergency situations
  • 240/415 volt, 3-phase power serving each cabinet
  • Breaker ratings is 32 amp for Medium density and 72 amp for High density
  • All equipment to run at 240 volts
  • Monitored remotely by staff 7x24
  • Rear Door Heat Exchanger (RDHx) technology used to cool equipment at the cabinet level
  • Cooling chilled water provide by Campus Central Chilled water plant
  • Smoke Detection - VESDA
  • Campus and Cabinet support up to 100GB

Comparison Chart

1155 Hinds 6045: POD-A 6045: POD-B
Space 4144 Sq. Ft. 4500 Sq. Ft. 2500 Sq. Ft. 2100 Sq. Ft.
Power 368 kW 450 kW 500 kW 2.1 MW
Designed Power / Cabinet 5 kW 5 kW Range from 5-15 kW 25 kW
Generator No No Yes No
Rating <Tier 1 <Tier 1 >Tier 2 <Tier 1
Air Conditioning Traditional CRAC (Computer Room Air Conditioning) Liebert In-Row Rittal In-Row Rear Door Heat Exchanger (RDHx)



Keywords:1155 hinds 6045 hosting "machine room" CRAC POD-A POD-B starline   Doc ID:19738
Owner:Raymond P.Group:University of Chicago
Created:2011-08-15 09:30 CSTUpdated:2016-09-06 09:37 CST
Sites:University of Chicago, University of Chicago - Sandbox
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