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A behind-the-scenes look at the Data Center that keeps the university running.

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The MU Data Center provides a secure facility that houses computing systems for Mizzou.

In an otherwise unremarkable campus building sit the servers that allow the physician at University Hospital, the student in Mark Twain Residence Hall, the professor in the School of Social Work and the cashier at the Mizzou Store to do their jobs. Locked behind multiple doors, key codes, security cameras, intrusion-detection systems and firewalls, the University of Missouri Data Center, operated 24/7 by the Division of Information Technology, houses computing systems for the campus and MU Health Care. “The Data Center plays a key role in MU’s overall information-security program by providing a secure environment for housing servers and storage systems,” says Beth Chancellor, MU’s associate chief information officer. The largest user of electricity on campus, the Data Center also supports infrastructure such as telecommunications, electrical power distribution, backup power systems, environmental systems, fire-suppression systems and security systems. Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at the 6,000-square-foot facility that keeps the university running.

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Servers must be kept between 68 and 70 degrees, which proves to be difficult because their exhaust can climb to 115 degrees. This plexiglass containment system retains cooling and increases efficiency.

mizzou data center

This is one of about 20 server cabinets that house research data.

mizzou data center

This connection block carries traditional telephone service to approximately 15,000 lines on campus.

mizzou data center

Ethernet patch panels connect computer systems to the network.

mizzou data center

About 30 percent of the servers are for MU Health Care, 30 percent for the Division of IT, 30 percent for schools and colleges, and 10 percent for research.

mizzou data center

The Data Center has room for about 200 cabinets, which hold up to 42 servers.

mizzou data center

The center is one of the main fiber optic cable entrances to the campus. About 12 strands go to most buildings, but nearly 150 strands go to Mizzou Arena.

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Cable trays hold copper and fiber Ethernet cables.

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Ethernet switch connections carry wireless Internet coverage to about 2,500 access points throughout campus.

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A Data Center administrator installs cables into a server cabinet.