The Unidata Program Center is pleased to announce the completion today of its newest community service facility in Boulder, Colorado. The Unidata Data Hallway provides modern, efficient, 24/7 data services to the university community — while also making a stylish interior design statement.
"It's great to have such a lavish facility for our 'big iron'," says Unidata Program Center systems administrator Mike Schmidt. "We were excited to be able to showcase our data-delivery infrastructure like this — it really helps the public understand the level of technical sophistication involved in what we're doing here at Unidata."
Because the Unidata Program Center occupies a LEED certified "Green" building, the Data Hallway's ecological footprint is miniscule. "We've got all the equipment plugged into a single power strip," says UPC systems administrator Jack Swope. "You can barely hear the cooling fans from those computers in my office, which is right next door."
Thanks to advances in small-format, "rack" computer hardware, the Data Hallway is also able to provide significant physical storage space for auxiliary technical equipment. This dual-use philosophy — making room for both data and spare parts — greatly enhances the Hallway's feng shui and makes working, or just walking, through the Data Hallway a pleasure.
"Where other facilities have had to resort to co-location facilities to handle the massive power and cooling needs of their data centers, we've truly managed to do more with less here at Unidata," says Schmidt. "Our community can rest assured that we'll be able to serve all the data they could wish for."
The Unidata Data Hallway is open for public tours from 8:00-8:15am on April Fool's Day, 2013.