Data Center classifications

Supporting: Campus computing, system hosting, and high performance computing

Executive summary

Indiana University Enterprise Data Centers serve campus systems, applications, and equipment. The Enterprise Data Centers are comprised of two physical locations on the IUB and IUPUI campuses as well as cloud-based providers. Service offerings include hosting options supporting physical equipment, virtual servers, cloud offerings, and hybrid solutions. Enterprise application and server hosting locations will be assessed based on risk to determine the optimal hosting location.

The enterprise environment will house host systems which may fall under Federal or other data protection requirements. This may include but is not limited to: FERPA, PCI, HIPAA, etc.

All the enterprise spaces are serviced by UPS systems, backup generators, backup cooling, and smoke/fire detection.

Table 1: Services availability matrix

Availability classification System type System characteristics Example systems System requirements Target facility
Essential/
Critical
Life safety, critical business systems Systems architected with full redundancy in design in all layers of the system (database, application, web, interfaces, storage) Emergency and main university website, authentication services, email, accounting and financial applications, Tier 0 and Tier 1 services
  • Redundant power
  • Redundant network
  • UPS backup power
  • Generator backup
EP
IUPUI
Sensitive Services in direct support of day to day function of the institution and its mission Systems architected with some redundancy, but would not have an adverse impact if down for 4-8 hours Human Resource system, Student Information System, Electronic Research Administration
  • Redundant power
  • Redundant network
  • UPS backup power
  • Generator backup
EP
IUPUI
Tolerant Non-critical No redundancy in design; planned or reasonable downtimes do not have an adverse business impact Some research systems; departmental file shares and some departmental server hosting
  • Single power source
  • Single network feed
  • UPS
RP

Table 2: System regulatory matrix

Regulatory classification System type Example systems System requirements Target facility
Highly regulated Federal/state law compliance (PCI, FISMA, HIPAA) Patient records, student records, financial records, including SSN
  • Controlled access
  • Biometric hand scanners
  • Secure VPN for data access
  • Surveillance system
EP
IUPUI
Cloud
Regulated Institutional regulations and data sensitivity Research system records, accounting records, employee evaluations, email records
  • Controlled access
  • Biometric hand scanners
  • Surveillance system
EP
IUPUI
RP
Cloud
Not regulated Systems that do not contain sensitive or regulated data Purely computational resources, public websites, public records
  • Controlled access
  • Biometric hand scanners
EP
IUPUI
RP
Cloud
Note:
Cloud servers and colocation alternatives will be considered as campus agreements are negotiated.

Table 3: Physical resources

IUPUI EP RP
Space 8400 sq. ft. 11000 sq. ft. 11000 sq. ft.
Power 475 kW 540 kW 2.2 MW
Designed power/Cabinet 5 kW 5 kW Range from 5-40 kW
UPS /flywheel Battery/flywheel Flywheel Battery/flywheel
Generator Yes Yes Yes (500kW)
Rating <Tier 2 <Tier 3 >Tier 1
Cooling Traditional
computer room
air handlers
Traditional
computer room
air handlers
Traditional
computer room
air handlers;
chilled water to the rack
Regulatory Highly regulated Highly regulated Regulated
Note:
Each space is listed by the highest regulatory support provided. Lower requirement systems/data may be housed in higher rated spaces dependent on available resources.

Table 4: Data Center physical space tiering per ANSI/TIA-942 telecommunications infrastructure standard for Data Centers

Tier level Requirements Location
1
  • Non-redundant capacity components, cooling and electrical
  • Basic site infrastructure with expected availability of 99.671%
RP
2
  • Meets or exceeds all Tier 1 requirements
  • Redundant site infrastructure capacity components with expected availability of 99.741%
IUPUI
3
  • Meets or exceeds all Tier 1 and Tier 2 requirements
  • Multiple independent distribution paths serving the IT equipment
  • All IT equipment must be dual-powered and fully compatible with the topology of a site's architecture
  • Concurrently maintainable site infrastructure with expected availability of 99.982%
EP
4
  • Meets or exceeds all Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 requirements
  • All cooling equipment is independently dual-powered, including chillers and heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Fault-tolerant site infrastructure with electrical power storage and distribution facilities with expected availability of 99.995%
Cloud

TIA-942 certified Data Centers.

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