Project supports institution's growing research portfolio
(Toronto—September 1, 2011) In a ribbon-cutting ceremony today, OCAD University (OCAD U) opened the doors to its newly expanded and upgraded data centre, a major initiative at the university aimed at supporting the institution's growing research portfolio. The project provided significantly increased capacity for academic and administrative computing, storage and networking capabilities.
The data centre expansion increases the facility's physical footprint by 300%, and includes fully upgraded and state-of-the-art energy efficient and redundant mechanical, cooling and electrical systems and server cabinets.
"Completion of this project represents a major milestone in the advancement of the technological infrastructure that will help OCAD University realize many of its strategic objectives over the coming years," said OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond.
The project provides the technological requirements for research projects in the university's specialized graduate and undergraduate programs such as the Graduate Program in Digital Futures, which has just admitted its first cohort, while providing support for a broad range of services to all students and faculty. Major collaborative research initiatives such as the Inclusive Design Research Centre and the Centre for Information Visualization and Data-Driven Design require significant compute capacity and data storage, and by completing the data centre project OCAD U can now house the essential infrastructure to enable this leading edge research.
Working with Computer Room Services Corporation (http://www.crsc.ca/) OCAD University now has a data centre designed and optimized for reliability, security and N+1 redundancy for all critical mechanical and electrical components providing capability for 99.749% availability (Tier 2) for all services and over 460 U of cabinet space for compute and storage.
The OCAD University Data Center Expansion Project was made possible through the support of the Digital Media Research and Innovation Institute (DMRII) capital project, generously funded by the Ontario Ministry of Research & Innovation, and matched by OCAD University through support to OCAD U's Inclusive Design Research Centre (IDRC) by the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Ontario Research Fund (MRI/ORF) and industry partners.
OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
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