U-M offers a range of central data centers to meet a variety of campus needs, including academic, research, medical, and administrative. The goal is to provide a tiered solution that offers the best fit between the application and data center.
Using space in a central data center for storage or a project yields multiple benefits:
A specially-designed facility is energy efficient. Because servers require immense amounts of electrical power for computing and cooling, data centers are designed to maximize energy efficiency. This keeps operational costs low.
A central data center provides reliability and redundancy. Data centers are designed to protect equipment and data against power outages, security breaches, and natural or man-made disasters. Because different types of computing require more back-up than others, data centers are designed to offer an appropriate level of guaranteed availability, which is classified by tier.
A central data center offers on-site 24/7 maintenance. Staff is available to provide a range of technical support—even over the phone.