Data center rack with ethernet cables attached

Penn State Data Center Services

The Data Centers’ Colocation Center is a state-of-the-art facility where departments and units can relocate and securely house their research and business data. The service helps minimize the downtime related to power and cooling inefficiencies that often occur in smaller office locations. Transitioning systems to the “Colo-center” also supports the business continuity and disaster recovery efforts of the University by providing a redundant infrastructure and backup system with continuous power, cooling, and security.

Continuous Power

Continuous Power

The Computer Building infrastructure offers dual 15Kv electric feeds designed to switch automatically in the event of grid failure. All colocation systems are protected by 2N UPS systems. Two 1.6MW N+1 diesel generators provide further backup, offering protection in case of total grid failure and ensuring routine maintenance can be performed without downtime.
Cooling

Cooling

A precision cooling system provides approximately 600 tons of chilled water via cooling units connected to the system’s backup generators, preventing overheating in the event of a power loss. The two “chiller units” work together to efficiently respond to changing environmental conditions.
Security

Security

Access to all server rooms is controlled by a swipe card security system and video surveillance. Only authorized persons are permitted to enter, and all visits are logged against a defined access list. Video surveillance cameras located throughout the facility capture and monitor all activity of protected areas. Firewall protection is available for server networks.
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