Research Data Center Options

CAEN supports faculty, staff and other researchers, and encourages the use of campus services (e.g., MiDesktop, Great Lakes) for storage of most servers.

If a hardware purchase is required, there are suitable environments available that can be used to store that hardware. Note: If you will be using Lighthouse, hardware will need to be purchased through Advanced Research Computing (ARC).

Data Center Options – At-A-Glance

Option 1: CoE Managed Data Center (SI North)

  • Type: Tier 1 – single path for power and cooling, and no backup components
  • Service Details: Contact CoE facilities group at [email protected] for more information

Option 2: ITS-managed Data Centers

  • Type: Tier 3 – multiple paths for power and cooling, and redundant systems that allow users to work on the setup without taking it offline
  • Service Details: Refer to the MACC website for more information

Option 3: HPC Cluster for Research-provided Hardware

  • Type: Tier 3 –  multiple paths for power and cooling, and redundant systems that allow users to work on the setup without taking it offline
  • Service Details: Refer to the Lighthouse website for more information

Data Center Options – Comparison Table

The table below outlines the three suggested data center options available to users: 

Option 1:
CoE Managed Data Center (SI North)
Option 2:
ITS-managed Data Centers
Option 3: HPC Cluster for Research-provided Hardware
Type Tier 1 – single path for power and cooling, and no backup componentsTier 3 – multiple paths for power and cooling, and redundant systems that allow users to work on the setup without taking it offlineTier 3 –  multiple paths for power and cooling, and redundant systems that allow users to work on the setup without taking it offline
Service DetailsContact CoE facilities group at [email protected] for more informationRefer to the MACC website for more informationRefer to the Lighthouse website for more information
Overview2,100 sq ft (North Campus)10,000 sq ft (south end of athletic campus)
Number of racks80
ManagementCAEN and CoE Facilities
Rack power3kW/rack2,4,6,12 kW/rack 
Backup powerNo (rack UPS supplied by user)Yes (Flywheel/Generator)
PurposeLow power-based research serversProduction servers and research computing systems
ITAR compliantYesYes
Rack assignmentContact Tom Holiday at [email protected]Contact ITSCom DCO Services at 734-763-4000 to initiate a request with the Data Center Engineering team.

You can also initiate a request by contacting the ITS Service Center or by opening a TDX request and assigning it to ITS Data Center Engineering.
Facility questionsContact CoE facilities group at [email protected]Contact ITSCom DCO Services at 734-763-4000 to initiate a request with the Data Center Engineering team.

You can also initiate a request by contacting the ITS Service Center or by opening a TDX request and assigning it to ITS Data Center Engineering.
Data center accessContact CoE facilities group at [email protected]Contact ITSCom DCO Services at 734-763-4000 to initiate a request with the Data Center Engineering team.

You can also initiate a request by contacting the ITS Service Center or by opening a TDX request and assigning it to ITS Data Center Engineering.
Usage agreement
Contact CoE facilities group at [email protected]
Refer to the MACC website for detailsRefer to the Lighthouse website for details
CostsNo rack or usage charge; special power requests may require a chargeRefer to the MACC Rates & Billing page for details; Faculty/Department pays rack rental; CoE pays utilities
Network capabilities Standard connection speed – 1gig copper to every rack*; Higher Speed Options –  fiber connections available for speeds for 10gig, 25gig, 40gig and 100gig**Refer to the MACC Rates & Billing page for details; Faculty/Department pays rack rental; CoE pays utilities.

To request higher speed options, please contact ITSCom DCO Services at 734-763-4000, and initiate a request for the Data Center Engineering team. You can also initiate a request by contacting the ITS Service Center or by opening a TDX request and assigning it to ITS Data Center.
Data Options Comparison Table – CoE Managed Data Center vs. ITS-managed Data Centers

*Copper 1 gig connections can be completed by the department IT staff. Please note the following:

  • These connections will need to follow the current cable path by utilizing the in rack patch panels and the network rack side patch panels. 
  • The patch cord on the network rack side of the connection needs to follow the cable management within these network racks. 
  • If any cabling does not follow the designed path, a one time notice will be sent to correct the issue or it will be removed or corrected at the user departments expense.

**To request higher speed options, please email CoE facilities group at [email protected], and note the following:

  • A short code must be provided to cover general start up fees.
  • The requestor will need to make this request prior to any hardware purchases to ensure that the selected hardware can be supported.
  • The network switch side of these high-speed connections will be made by ITS technicians, who will place the fiber patch cord from the network rack to the server rack. 
  • The server rack side connection will be completed by the requestor.
  • The next-generation firewall (NGFW) will currently only provide up to 10 gig support.

More Information

For additional information about Data Center Options, contact [email protected].