A Research Level One Universities Path to Consolidation by Building 2 New Data Centers, in the Age of the Cloud! (2 HOUR - PANEL SESSION)

  • Tuesday, 04/04/2017: 1:15 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Room: 515A
  • Session Number:  DCDM5:


This presentation will describe why Penn State, a research level one university chose to build 2 new data centers, in the age of the cloud! In particular this session will describe the distributed nature of IT in Higher Ed, the approach and the partnerships necessary to accomplish our goals of efficiency, cost containment, security and reliability. This presentation will outline the benefits of bringing design, construction management, physical plant and IT together as an integrated project team and leveraging technology to enable consolidation. We will highlight the challenges, successes and the work to be done, to fully utilize these resources.

Learning Objectives

Planning and team organizational efforts for new facility construction. Planning for lightly loaded co-location customers to high density, high performance computing clusters, in the same room. Technology enabling distributed IT to come together, through virtualization and high speed networking, across 24 campus locations. Utilizing virtual presence technologies for constructability and enhanced reliability.


Mark Campbell

Technical Operations Manager
Penn State, Data Center Services

Todd Fehd

Project Director
Holder Construction Company

Joe Hollo

Director of Critical Environments

Jason Moore

Lead Facilities Engineer, Data Center Services
Penn State University

Monica Reed

PE Project Manager
Penn State, Data Center Services

Mark Saussure

Penn State, Data Centers Services