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Campus IT infrastructure gets major boost with new data centre

The new servers are in place, the cooling systems are in full-swing, and the waterless fire suppression system is at-the-ready. This can only mean one thing: UTSC’s brand new, state-of-the-art South Campus Data Centre (SCDC) is about to go online.

Located in a secured area on the roof of the Academic Resource Centre, the new SCDC marks a massive improvement to UTSC’s information technology infrastructure. 

The old data centre was built in 1997. But over the intervening 14 years, UTSC has added 50% more building space, and the student, staff and faculty populations have grown by 100%. Meanwhile, IITS has facilitated a massive migration of paper-based business processes onto its IT infrastructure. All of these factors have stretched the current data centre to beyond full capacity. 

The new SCDC can accommodate 16 racks of computing equipment with room for future expansion if required. The investment will alleviate UTSC’s critical IT crunch, and it will also allow IITS to improve the existing infrastructure and introduce new services in accordance with the UTSC strategic plan.

The SCDC is the first step towards the creation of a data centre cluster at UTSC, to be fully realized with the opening of the new Instructional Centre this May. The two data centres will be cross-connected, establishing fail-resistant network and systems infrastructure.

“This is the single biggest investment in IT in the history of UTSC,” says Zoran Piljevic, director of IITS. “With this new data centre, UTSC now has the most sophisticated IT infrastructure across the entirety of U of T.”


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