Campus Data Centers

Power and Environmental Management

Data centers must be able to handle servers' concentrated power demands and to deliver required cooling. Significant infrastructure upgrades in power and cooling have been made to the data centers to support the growing IT demands of the university.

NetBotz, an IT physical infrastructure remote monitoring and management tool, is installed in both data centers, as well as major networking hubs across campus. NetBotz units provide live and historical temperature, humidity, airflow and network data as well as live and recorded audio and video feeds, which allow operations personnel 24/7 monitoring of remote facilities.

Security & Monitoring

Security at Texas A&M IT’s data centers is provided through key card-controlled access and audio-video surveillance.

The Operations Center (OC) provides 24/7 monitoring of our data centers and critical support infrastructure. The OC troubleshoots issues and coordinates with appropriate support personnel and stakeholders to resolve problems.

The OC monitors all critical support services and infrastructure for the data centers:

  • Live and historical temperature
  • Humidity
  • Air flow
  • Network data
  • Video feeds from surveillance systems
  • Fire and Leak Detection
  • Electrical Load and Energy Management

Managed Rack Services

Texas A&M IT offers managed rack solutions when physical colocation of customer-owned equipment is required. This service provides dedicated rack space in an industry-standard enclosure and top-of-rack managed network services. Colocation in shared racks is available when less space is required. Access to shared racks is controlled by Texas A&M IT to maintain the highest level of security for each customer.

Disaster Recovery

To facilitate recovery from a disaster in a data center, planning and preparation have been made in advance for a quick and orderly restoration of systems. The intent is to restore operations as rapidly as possible with the latest and most up-to-date data available. Therefore, every system that Texas A&M IT operates is backed up regularly, and backup media is relocated to an off-site storage area.

The Texas A&M IT disaster recovery plan presents a detailed course of action for restoring critical computing capability to the campus and describes an organizational structure for carrying out the plan, including personnel requirements and computing expertise needed. It identifies the equipment, procedures and other resources necessary for the recovery.