UDC and UT System's Shared Data Center Program

Posted on: April 21, 2017

The University Data Centers joined the UT System Shared Data Center program in the fall of 2016. The Shared Data Center program offers co-location services to various UT institutions across the state. Our Office of Telecommunications Services (OTS) enables regional data centers to connect through the UT System Backbone Network. The initiative determined a shared services model would encompass more than centralizing services, enabling shared governance and permitting greater overall flexibility.  Other Shared Data Centers are located at UT Arlington and UT-MD Anderson.

The UT System Office of Technology and Information Services was the trailblazer, moving their primary data center equipment to the University Data Center (UDC).  This successful migration has served as a proof-of-concept for the UDC’s participation in the UT System Shared Data Centers program.

In November 2016, UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA - UT Medicine) became the first customer to officially participate in the UT Austin Shared Data Center program. UT Health San Antonio has more than 700 physicians and health care providers using technologies offering advanced services to individuals in the greater San Antonio area and beyond. The successful migration of their disaster recovery environment also greatly benefitted the department by increasing the geo-diversity and resiliency of their critical IT infrastructure.  The UTHSA migration to the Shared Data Center at UT Austin has included 51 servers and network switches.

UT System Shared Information Systems (SIS) was the second entity to join the program. A geo-diverse environment was installed for both the Arlington Regional Data Center and University Data Centers (aka Austin Shared Data Centers) and now supports an on-premise PeopleSoft ERP system for many UT System academic institutions.  This geo-diverse environment is made up of several high performance computing servers and storage with a complex network design.

On another note, recently our secondary UDC facility achieved the Physical HIPAA Compliance designation from the ISO organization.  With this designation, ITS Systems can support our UT Austin health and medical customers by utilizing storage, database, and virtual servers in a fully redundant environment between our primary and secondary data centers.

The utilization of existing facilities generates savings for those campuses in the form of not having to build out and operate their own facilities or lease expensive commercial data center facilities.  We are excited to be a part of this program and support this expansion and development within the Austin campus and the UT System.

A parting comment for this week – I want to take a minute and recognize some special achievements within our ITS team.  Many of you have and continue to achieve significant service milestones in support of our mission and the Campus.  This week the President honored a few of our team with significant tenure.  30 Years – Don Nash, ITS Systems.  30 years -- William Green, Networking and Telecom.  35 years – Dee Ayers, ITS Networking and Telecom.  These are truly awesome accomplishments and we greatly appreciate what those many years mean to our organization… and thank you!!