Pennsylvania Data Center Under Construction At Penn State

Construction is underway at the Pennsylvania data center located at Penn State University near Hershey. The 1.75-MW data center will be capable of expanding to at least 8 MW in the future if necessary. Construction is expected to finish June 2016.

The facility, which is located at University Park, was first announced in March 2015 as the university's answer to increased demand for high-performance computing. Construction began in April. It is the second facility of its kind at Penn State. The first, located at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, was announced in November 2014. Construction on that Pennsylvania data center began in January.

University officials are hopeful that the proximity of the two data centers will facilitate disaster recovery and data protection.

"State-of-the-art, high-performance computing and data storage are absolutely essential elements of any research-intensive university," said Neil Sharkey, vice president for research at Penn State. "Advanced computational models employing big data are now commonplace across academic disciplines, with advances in virtually all fields dependent upon cyberscience."

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