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Research and Administrative Computing: Two Factors Driving Next Generation Data Centers

October 29, 2010 at 9:16 am PST

Data center managers consistently juggle two sides of the Higher Ed computing coin: keeping costs under control while meeting an increasing demand for computing resources.  Gerry McCartney, Vice President for IT, CIO and Olga Oesterle England Professor of Information Technology at Purdue University, one of the leading research institutions in the United States, with 40,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff, says, “On the research side, [researchers will] consume all the cycles you can give them.”

In addition, their demands are unpredictable and vary by grant availability or research results, thereby requiring a high level of flexibility. 

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