New IT center at UH will speed-up tech operations

Published On: Dec 16 2013 03:50:00 PM HST

Less online glitches and more distance learning classes. That's just a few of the things University of Hawaii students can expect with the dedication and opening of a new multi-million dollar information technology center.

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A traditional Hawaiian blessing and then it's full speed ahead on the information super highway.

The brand new 74-thousand square foot information technology center will soon be filled super computers and servers. Housing the brains and operations of the university.

"Every purchase order we cut, every time someone goes to a webpage, every distance learning class. Everyone of them will pass through and be by supported by everything going in this building," said interim UH President David Lessner.

Interim Vice President of IT, Steve Smith, guided KITV through the six-story building which houses video conferencing rooms for distance learning classes,  monitoring system for security  and hundreds of servers that will keep all the computers running.

That means it will be easier to register for classes, and faster to process admission papers.

UH is learning lessons from 2004, when critical facilities were nearly wiped out by a flood.

Now, the main computers are on the second floor of this sturdy building.

The building is even designed to withstand a category three hurricane. Officials say floors 1-3 as well as the roof can withstand sustained winds of 129 mph.

There's even an emergency situation room, with backup computers in case of any natural disasters or campus disasters.

All of this costs nearly $42 million dollars, funded by the State and UH revenue bonds.

Smith says the new IT building is energy efficient and expected to save the university hundreds of thousands in the long run.

The IT center won't be fully operational until January.


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