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UM's Modular Data Center (MDC). 

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After four years of investigating, planning, politicking and decision-making, UM has a new data center. It doesn’t look like much from the outside—a big white box sitting beneath a slanted metal roof near UM’s heating plant. It’s what happens inside the box that will be remarkable.

The University of Montana’s computing facility was housed in the basement of its liberal arts building, a site that was originally built in 1972. The space was extremely inefficient and lacked a secondary cooling element and a generator, putting hardware at risk.

The MDC takes advantage of the Montana climate by using outside air to cool the data center during the cooler days and evaporate cooling during the warmer days. The new data center includes SmartAir evaporative cooling with self-regulating temperature controls, 16 server racks running 20 kilowatts each, backup power through battery and diesel generators and redundant universal power supply units.

If you are interested in our Modular Data Center (MDC), we offer tours to any UM-affiliated groups or individuals. Schedule a tour.

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