Data Centre Relocation
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 -