Project Update – July 2017

Phase 2 of the project (Relocation of HPC services) is now complete with all 3 HPC systems now operating from the Virtus Slough Data Centre, offering a much greater degree of availability and resilience

The final phase of the project will involve the relocation remaining ICT and hosted servers.  Planning for this phase of the activity including discussions with owners of hosted servers will run until the end of 2017, the relocation of hosted servers will then be phased through to July 2019. ICT will work with the server owners to provide the best possible solution and will provide support to facilitate a smooth relocation.

Whilst we expect the majority of hosted servers to be able to relocate to Slough, we recognise that some elements of computing research are not compatible with remote data centre hosting. We will be discussing with everyone who has kit in the South Ken Data Centre their requirements and are more than happy to discuss possible future requirements with anyone in College.

A modest server room provision will remain on the South Kensington campus for those services which need to be hosted locally. The limitations of the environment will mean that this room will be unable to deliver high levels of availability and resilience.

Contact your ICT Digital Partner in the first instance if you have any questions regarding this phase of the project.

College operates a large, on-campus Data Centre, occupying prime space on its South Kensington Campus. Rapid and continuing growth in the application of supercomputing techniques to support important advances in research, contributes to capacity and availability pressures on the College's high density HPC environment. 

To enhance availability, resilience, security and, importantly, to provide expansion for future growth, ICT’s Data Centre Relocation is underway. The three-year programme will move College’s Data Centre provision to new, commercially operated, state-of-the art facilities in Slough, by Summer 2019.  College’s Data Centre Users can find more detailed information from Digital Partners and in the Data Centre Relocation Information Pack.

College’s Strategy drives the exploitation of modern technology for research, education and support. Operated by major data centre provider, Virtus, the Slough facility offers a scalable service designed to support high density computing. For more information on the facility, see Virtus’ website

The Virtus Slough facility is part of a shared research institution framework agreement, brokered through JISC and JANET, ensuring value for money. By using a Data Centre contracted through a higher education framework, Imperial College is co-located with tenants including The Francis Crick Institute, UCL, LSE, Kings and others, affording opportunities for collaborative working. See what tenants at the Virtus Slough Data Centre have to say in JISC’s Shared Data Centre You Tube film. The Centre also has a direct connection to the JANET network to provide fast, low cost connectivity for Research collaboration.

In addition to significant operating and cost benefits, the move will allow College to reclaim valuable campus real estate for research and education and plan for future expansion. 

The project will be delivered in three phases -


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