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University of Wyoming Division of Information Technology

Co-Location Hosting Services for UW Departments

ITC Data Center

The University of Wyoming Division of Information Technology has begun operations in the 6,000 sq. ft. Data Center in the new Information Technology Center located at 1710 Sorority Drive (the east end of Sorority Row).

This modern, state-of-the-art Data Center has been planned and built with capacity to accommodate the long term information technology needs of the University. IT is pleased to offer University Departments the opportunity to apply for IT equipment co-location space in the Data Center to make use of currently unused capacity. This co-location arrangement is the sharing of Data Center space and infrastructure among multiple University users, maximizing the utilization of the State’s significant investment in this facility, and in our institution. To apply, Departments must enter into an agreement with IT, as specified in the Data Center Occupancy Agreement.

Who Can Apply for Co-Location?

ITC Data Center

The Data Center represents a significant capital investment. It is intended for the hosting of University production IT equipment that furthers the interests and reputation of the University and the State. Client equipment must meet this purpose.

Once deployed, equipment must be capable of operating unattended, other than remote access via network connections. The Occupancy Agreement includes provisions for occasional physical access for installation and maintenance activities.

Equipment deployments that require continuous or frequent physical access, such as prototypes, locally monitored equipment, or preproduction equipment, are not suitable for co-location.

Modified, obsolete, or nonstandard equipment are not suitable for co-location. This includes equipment that has been modified or maintained outside the written recommendations of the manufacturer.

Client equipment must be installed in standardized cabinets provided by IT. Clients with equipment that is already installed in an existing rack must agree to re-rack such equipment in IT provided cabinets to be considered for occupancy.top of page

The Approval Process

Interested? Review the Data Center Occupancy Agreement and related forms. Call or email the Data Center Manager, Jerome Lindsay, at 766-4742 (jlindse2@uwyo.edu) to arrange for a consultation.

After your consultation, review the agreement, print out a copy, obtain the indicated signatures from your department (requires Department Chair/Head and Primary Managing Employee signatures), then submit the signed agreement to Data Center Operations (glass rooms in front of the Data Center, 2nd floor of new ITC building).

Submitted applications are reviewed by DC Operations for technical feasibility/suitability, and then forwarded for consideration by the IT Business Services Dept. Director and approval/signature by the CIO. The approval process usually takes about two weeks.

Approved applicants will be given a move in date and quote for any costs associated with the move in (electrical drops, cabinet prep, etc). There are currently no recurring space or service costs associated with co-location. close topic

Cabinet and Floor Space

Client equipment must be installed in standardized cabinets provided by IT. Clients with equipment that is already installed in an existing rack must agree to re-rack such equipment in IT provided cabinets to be considered for occupancy.

The Data Center is provisioned with standardized 7 ft. height cabinets. These cabinets have 45 RMU’s of 19 inch rack mounting space (26” from front to back mounts). Clients may use a whole cabinet, or smaller clients may share a cabinet with other clients at a reduced move in cost.

Clients are required to use rack mountable systems, and to take advantage of remote KVM, LOM, or portable console solutions. The use of shelves to house tower profile systems and/or “leave behind” keyboard/mouse/display is a poor utilization of facility space, and the major investment that has been made to build it. close topic

Electrical System

ITC Data Center electrical gallery

Primary electrical power is provided by the local utility provider. In the case of a power outage, an on-site 1 MW generator automatically starts and supplies Data Center power. Two large UPS systems condition all incoming power, and provide uninterrupted battery back-up power to the Data Center across any transients or transfers between utility and local generator.

SStandard cabinets get power from a dual rail overhead bus way, providing two independent 208 VAC, single phase, 30 amp sources. Inside standard cabinets, each power drop is connected to a vertical PDU, each PDU with two circuit breaker protected (20 amp) sets of C13 (3) and C19 (12) receptacles. To use this standard configuration, equipment must be capable of running on 208 VAC, and have power cords that can connect to the C13 or C19 power receptacles. Servers with 2N or N+1 power supply configurations can connect to both PDUs to increase redundancy and balance loading.

Other power configurations are available. Clients with specialized electrical power needs should consult with Data Center Operations to determine a solution and cost for their requirements.

Your degree is not in electrical engineering? No worries, Data Center Operations will work with you to insure you get the right electrical drops and distribution for your equipment. close topic

Cooling and Humidity

Temperature and humidity monitoring

The Data Center has an advanced, innovative cooling design to maintain a stable air environment optimized for IT equipment. Five large Computer Room Air Handlers (CRAH’s) are located in a separate space (Mechanical Gallery) adjacent to the Data Center floor. The CRAH’s use large fans and remotely supplied chilled water to deliver cool air under the Data Center raised floor. The subfloor acts as an air plenum (2 ft deep), distributing cool, pressurized air across the space. Perforated tiles are installed adjacent to cabinets to release air into “cold aisles” in front of server cabinets.

Cabinet mounted computer systems pull cool air in from the cold aisle, and force return air out into “hot aisles”, where it moves towards the high ceiling to be re-circulated back to the Mechanical Gallery and into the overhead intakes of the CRAH’s.

The Data Center uses the University Central Energy Plant for its primary source of chilled water, and a 125 ton Chiller unit for back up. The Chiller incorporates two independent refrigerant loops for additional redundancy.

The Data Center uses a state-of-the-art misting system to provide stable humidification. The system uses a reverse osmosis water system and high pressure pump to deliver water to mister stations around the perimeter of the room. Water sprayed from the misters is atomized into the air, adding moisture. Humidity and dew point sensors located across the Data Center provide inputs to the Building Automation System, which controls the whole system to maintain humidity/dew point to a specific level. close topic

Move-In Costs

There are currently no recurring costs for hosted systems. There are move in costs, determined by the actual cost of procuring any installed infrastructure components required for your systems. Infrastructure components typically include power drops, cabinet customization and network drops. These costs are not refundable, if the client moves out, and the infrastructure components provided remain the property of IT Division. These costs are quoted in advance, and then billed to the client department once work is complete.

Electrical Drops:
Currently, charges for the two standard, 30 amp, 208 VAC drops is $700.00. Costs of custom drops will be quoted on a case by case basis, and will only include the cost or provisioning and installing the required components.

Cabinet Customization (shelves, PDU’s, any other cabinet modifications):
Cost varies with the customization required. Consult with Data Center Manager for pricing.

Cabinet Space:
Current cabinet move-in cost is $2,900.00/cabinet, if the cabinet is dedicated to a single client. Shared cabinet space is charged at $500.00 for up to 10 RMUs, and $500.00 for additional RMUs, in increments of 10. Cabinets are allocated no more than 3 KW. A surcharge applies for loads over the 3 KW threshold – contact Data Center Management for pricing.

Network Drops:
Contact the Telecom Help Desk (766-4357, option 2) for information on services and costs.

Power Cords:
Standard C19/20, C13/14 cords are $10.00 each.

High Heat/Electrical Loads:
All client installations are reviewed for approval by the Data Center Manager, and may require specific distribution/spacing so as not to exceed the cooling and electrical capabilities or the Data Center. This may increase move in costs, especially in proposed installations that present high cooling and/or electrical loads. close topic

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