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