BCNET's core members are pursuing an initiative to provide data centre space and associated infrastructure (power, cooling, connectivity) to researchers, educators and administrators through a network of data centres located on and off-campus.
The provincial government provided a one-time grant of $100,000 to BCNET, which partially funded the development of a project plan for Shared Green Data Centre Services.
Feasibility Study Recommendations
After a detailed analysis, the project team recommended an upgrade to existing core member campus facilities to reduce costs, accommodate the unique needs of researchers, utilize existing facilities and deliver operational and strategic benefits.
The feasibility study provided recommendations for three facility upgrades at member institutions, over a five-year plan:
Consolidated Capital Request
On July 18, 2011, a consolidated capital request document was sent to the Ministry of Advanced Education. The request was endorsed by presidents at University of British Columbia, University of Victoria, University of Northern British Columbia and Simon Fraser University through the Research Universities' Council of British Columbia.
Project Charter, Reference Materials and Progress Reports (member login required)
A growing problem that B.C's universities are facing is the issue of aging and inadequate data centre space. In fact, some universities have reported data centre occupancy rates of 70 - 100 per cent.