Date Added: Dec 2009
A data center is a facility used to house computer systems with their associated components networking, storage, etc. As technology has become infused in every aspect of campus, data-center facilities have been created in an ad-hoc manner to meet the immediate needs of departments and colleges. These facilities were developed by adapting existing rooms, placed in the corner of laboratories and offices, or included in new building projects. The resulting patchwork of small data centers has increased the complexity of providing adequate utilities to buildings, managing the institutional utility costs, and meeting the ongoing growth of cyber infrastructure.