Data Centre Developments - schedule of work, summer 2016

HPC

[27 June 2016]

Last year the University agreed to establish an offsite data centre to accommodate the next phase of the BlueCrystal High Performance Computing systems and to enhance the resilience of corporate services. On 10th June a key milestone in the project was achieved with the University becoming a partner in the Jisc shared data centre. This is an agreement between the University, Jisc and data centre owners Virtus.

In preparation for the migration of new services to the offsite data centre, work is needed to the IT infrastructure. Part of this preparatory work will take place during the first two weeks of July. During this time services should be considered ‘At Risk’ (details below).

In addition to this, and as part of an ongoing programme of improvements to the University’s data centres, IT Services will be conducting a series of maintenance and improvement works over the summer period – during which, services should also be considered ‘At Risk’.

To reduce the risk and minimise the impact to users, all works are planned and tested very carefully in advance, with consideration to the university’s schedule and critical activities. However, while work has been carefully planned to minimise interruptions, there is always some risk when conducting maintenance.

Planned maintenance

  • Monday 4th July – Friday 15th July: Pre-requisite changes to the network architecture as part of the enabling works for the offsite data centre. Services should be considered at risk during this time. A small number of services will experience brief interruptions.
  • Monday 18th July – Friday 29th July: Upgrade of legacy Uninterruptable Power Supplies (UPS’s) in the Computer Centre data centre. No interruption to services is expected, but services should be considered ‘At Risk’.
  • Wednesday 24th August – Friday 16th September: Upgrade of legacy chillers/cooling systems in the Computer Centre data centre. No interruption to services is expected, but services should be considered ‘At Risk’.

If you have any questions about the planned work, please contact the IT Service Desk.